Shanil Nanayakkara

Chief Executive Officer

With 20 years of senior management experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, Shanil co­-founded Australian Presence with the aim of providing corporate entities with turnkey solutions to establishing and expanding operations in Australia.

Shanil has extensive experience in effecting positive organisational change and profitability whilst maintaining core values within a business. Drawing on his previous successes, he continues to provide strategic guidance in relation to the Australian operations of numerous significant international businesses.  His guidance spans initial setup phase to longer term growth and expansion phases.

Procuring high value contracts between government and the private sector is a key practice area for Shanil. He has negotiated and secured major infrastructure projects, including direct negotiations with a foreign government on behalf of a multinational developer to provide an airport and transport hub, with associated infrastructure, in a multi­-billion dollar contract.

More recently Shanil managed the submission of multi­-million dollar government tenders for two distinctly different commercial operations. Both tenders were successful, made all the more notable due to the strength of the field, which included multinational corporate giants. In the same year Shanil successfully negotiated with an Australian Government Department, securing a 160% increase in funding for a commercial client. This was the second increase in funding secured in consecutive financial years, an achievement made all the more notable with the backdrop of significant cuts delivered in the Federal Budget.

Over the years, Shanil has helped to safeguard businesses in commercial and financial difficulty, across a range of industries (including legal, financial services and construction), implementing and managing rescue plans, and ultimately seeing them flourish.  Shanil has a knack of enabling businesses to grow.

His key strengths lie in forging and maintaining successful relationships founded on trust and mutual respect, helping you build a loyal and motivated workforce, and introducing commercial partners with a strong connection to your business.

Shanil recently managed the response to a request received by a corporate entity to present evidence to the Australian Senate on a controversial matter. The matter required consideration of critical non­-disclosure agreements, possible ramifications for commercial contracts, as well as the professional and ethical obligations of the persons invited to give evidence. Shanil secured the counsel of acclaimed Australian lawyers to provide high level advice, and was part of a select team which appeared before the Australian Senate.

Drawing from his extensive experience in the commercial, financial and government sectors, Shanil will carry out negotiations, prepare and manage tenders for commercial and government contracts, assist you to raise capital for major projects, and work tirelessly to expedite the growth of your Australian operations on your behalf.