District Governor Elect Andy Rajapakse

Andy is a champion in attracting young people to Rotary. His visionary leadership helped our district have the largest number of under 40’s in Australia and in Zone 8. He served as District Membership Chair in 2016 & District Public Image Chair 2017 to 2020. His innovative membership & public image campaigns enhanced our image and become Australia’s the largest growing Rotary district. In 2018/19 he initiated and formed 2 new Rotary clubs, Varsity Lakes and the Gold Coast Passport, the 25th passport club in the world.
 
Andy is a practicing international marketeer & public image professional. An active member of Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce and Australian Institute of Company Directors. Currently he is CEO of an international marketing company recruiting high school students from Australia, New Zealand, and Asia for leadership programs at Harvard University in USA. He is an Ex-Co member of Enterprise Asia in Malaysia, Asia’s largest entrepreneur network. He worked in 12 countries and with 3 of the world’s largest multi-national marketing & media companies. Prior to migrating to Australia 7 years ago, Andy was a CEO, leading a 650-strong workforce at Orange Electric, Sri Lanka’s largest manufacturer & exporter of electrical switches.       
He joined Rotary in Sri Lanka when current Foundation Trustee Chair and Past RI President Ravi Ravindran was District Governor Nominee Designate. Andy was a charter member of Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan. After migrating, he joined Burleigh Heads Rotary that will celebrate 65 years in Oct 2020. He has introduced 12 members to his club to help become the 5th largest in our district. Burleigh Rotary sponsor 2 Interact Clubs and a Rotaract Club.
 
Andy has held many club, district and regional leadership roles during his 25+ years in Rotary. A recipient of Rotary International’s highest honour to a Rotarian, the Service Above Self Award, he led a GSE team in 2006 from Sri Lanka to Denmark. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, member of Paul Harris Society & Bequest Society Major Donor. Andy has spoken at over 100 Rotary clubs in 22 districts in 16 countries and at the UN. He has one crazy big goal: to grow our district to 1400 members by 1st July 2021. Andy will lead our district with confidence and enthusiasm into the 100th year of Rotary in Australia.