Our values are rooted in commitment to community building, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.


Parent Institution - The International Institute of Health Sciences

IIHS is a leading healthcare education provider based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We’re an organisation driven by a commitment to our local and global community.  We have a 20-year history of drawing on best practises and approaches from around the world to deliver innovative, sometimes ground-breaking programmes in healthcare education, research, and community development. Along the way, we’ve helped professionalise nursing and allied health education in Sri Lanka and the region.  Having now graduated more than 2000 outstanding individuals, we lead our local sector championing the benefits of Sri Lankan education to our region and beyond. IIHS is very proud that many of the world’s leading universities have chosen to partner with us – in mutually beneficial relationships involving articulation, academic exchange, curriculum sharing and global mobility and citizenship projects.

Dr. Nihal De Silva


Founder/ Chairman/ Dean

Dr. Nihal De Silva is an Obstetrical and Gynecological surgeon who has served in the faculty of four foreign universities including Stanford University, California, USA where he did his Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Fetal surgery. His MD is from the National Osaka University and the MPH from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Nihal De Silva is a Fellow and Diplomate of the American College and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and presently serves in the National Human Resources Development Council and a sub-committee of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Council.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe

MBBS, MSc, MD (Medical Administration), Master Trainer (Australia), TAE (Australia), Cert. IVLP (USA)

Co-Founder / CEO / Director Academics, Strategy & International Affairs

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe has over 25 years of experience in the health industry and over 12 years of experience in the education industry. He is an experienced medical administrator, managing hospitals and has also established and operationalized a chain of hospitals in the private sector. Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe has been involved as an academic in healthcare training and development for over a decade, where he possesses a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and he is also a Certified Master Trainer, Australia.

Dr. Mahesh Gunesekera

MBBS, MSc (Medical Administration, PG Dip (Disaster Management), IDHA


Dr. Mahesh Gunesekera is a Medical Administrator and Humanitarian worker with extensive experience in public health and disaster response and recovery programs. He has over 27 years of professional experience in Asia, Africa and Europe, while headed the health programs of IFRC in Europe. A specialist in Health Management, Health Strategy Development and Implementation, he also has extensive experience in coordinating and managing development and emergency health programs in different contexts.

Dr. Patrick Hemalal

BSc, MPhil, PhD (UK)


Dr. Patrick Hemalal has vast experience in the areas of Research & Development and Quality Assurance. He was the former Director of Research & Development, QA Innovations at Hemas Holdings PLC which is one of the largest conglomerates in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Stephanie Gloria Anthony

MBA, MSc Health Administration, PG Dip Hospital Administration

Director, General & Academic Administration

Ms. Stephanie Anthony has over 13 years’ experience in the service sector, predominantly in the healthcare education sector for over 10 years. She currently works alongside the state sector nurses in Sri Lanka to promote professional development in the Sri Lankan health care sector. Her research expertise is in student learning styles in healthcare and quality in education. She is also an Honorary Administrator for the University of Aberdeen Scotland.

Mr. Tharindu Ishan Edirisinghe


Director, Operations

Mr. Tharindu Edirisinghe graduated from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus with Bachelors in Civil Engineering (Hons.) in 2015. Worked as a Civil Engineer at Infrastructure project for Sierra Construction for duration of 2 years. Later moving to Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants to work as a Structural/Civil Engineer for 2 years where he worked on the design of several high-rise apartment buildings.

Mr. Carl Jones

BA (Hons), MA (Comms), currently reading for PhD at Deakin University

Director, International Marketing & Development

Mr. Carl Jones has years of experience in education marketing in prestigious Universities including Deakin University, Australia. Carl has represented Deakin University at industry, community, and government events, and has been a regular presenter on international education marketing and career development in various international forums. His work has seen him recognised with University Awards in 2014 and 2019. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Study Village, a student mentoring service operating in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Jones is currently reading for his Ph.D. in education sociology at Deakin University.