K. R. Ravindran, a business leader and CEO of Printcare Plc, has been selected President of Rotary International – one of the world’s largest service organizations, for the years 2015-16.
He will be the first Sri Lankan and only the 10th Asian to hold this prestigious office in the 108 year history of the organization.
Eradication of Polio from the world is one of the stated goals of Rotary. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners – WHO, UNICEF, CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease,
In Sri Lanka, Ravindran headed a task force with members from the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire with northern militants during National Immunization Days.
Rotary funding for polio eradication in Sri Lanka exceeded USD 2.5 million. Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become Polio free. The last virologically confirmed case of polio was detected in Sri Lanka in 1993.
Ravindran also chaired the Schools Reawakening project sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka. This project consequent to the tsunami and costing over Rs1 billion consisted of building over 20 new high quality schools, benefiting 15,000 children in this country
A member of Rotary Colombo since 1974, he has previously served Rotary International as a director and treasurer and as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation.