More than 20 Years In Research, Consulting and Training Business
PASSAsia is one of the most innovative multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural consulting teams in Sri Lanka with a network of 05 virtual offices and collaborations and consulting partnerships with 27 countries in the world.
July 31 1999
Samantha Pathirathna, Maheswary Vengadasamy and Hilmy Ishak are the founder directors of PASS Research and Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd which was branded as PASSAsia. In 1999 it was a home-based office at a rented annex in Borella.
First main assignment signed
We signed our first main consultancy contract with the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) to evaluate its youth business school programme. We salute former Director General Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne for his balanced decision to offer us this challenging assignment.
We commenced our first office in Ethul Kotte. Small office space was rented out from the Sarvodaya Kotte office complex. At that time, team strength was 4 members.
First International Partnership
We have signed a one- year consultancy project to offer training on “Gender and Development” for government teachers in 5 provinces Sri Lanka. The client was Helvetas and the provincial education ministries in Sri Lanka were the participants.
Moved to a new Office
Due to growing demand for our services, we shifted to a newer and large office. At that time the team capacity was 25. Except support staff, all other staff were new graduates from different disciplines.
We were able to innovate small business development solutions and services for women and youth with Swisscontact Sri Lanka. Under this consultancy we were able to offer our services in all districts in Sinhala and Tamil languages.
With the partnership of the Asian Development Bank funded SPREAP project as a Business Development Service provide, our first sub- office was opened in Tangalle town in Matara district in Southern Province. Hambantota Sanasa provided us the office space.
PASSAsia was among top 10 consultancy firms and also was within the top 10 for most of the similar bidding process. Most of the stakeholders recognized us as being the most innovative consultants . Universities and university students were followed us to begin more self-employment.
Company Chairman Mr. Samantha Pathirathna received The Most Outstanding Young Person (TOYP) Entrepreneurship award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) December 2004.
Tsunami Hit our sub Office
With the Tsunami devastation and its negative impact, we have to close down sub– office and compelled to once more again centralize all operations in Colombo. With this the decision to commence second sub office in Jaffna also was withdrawn.
As a realization of one its major dreams, PASSAsia was able to establish its office building in Pitakotte with all modern facilities and features with an excellent TEAM work and the team synergy.
Partnered with ILO SIYB Project and Awards
Become a partner with ILO SIYB to offer business development services for SMEs. At this time PASSAsia was able to win the second-round best partner organization and the best Tamil medium Trainer awards.
PASSAsia was selected as the national consultancy partner through FORUT for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Under this consultancy we undertook the post – tsunami desk review for Sri Lanka as a part of a global study.
National level Government Staff Training
PASSAsia was selected as the national level training partner to design and facilitate Training of Trainers programme for senior government officers in all Tsunami affected districts in Sri Lanka. Project was funded by GTZ and implemented by Ministry of Public Administration.
Chairman of PASSAsia Mr. Samantha Pathirathna was recognized as one of the very exclusive US-SL Fulbright scholarship winners for 2009/2010 to study small business administration attached to The American University of DC – USA.
PASSAsia commenced it MF service unit with the cooperation of GTZ ProMis project and accordingly the team of consultants were trained on MF management tools and training techniques as international training.
JICA Government Staff Training
PASSAsia was selected by the Ministry of Economic Development and JICA to design and develop national level front-line government officers training and capacity building consultancy.
The Consultancy business was also badly affected the by global financial crisis. Some of the external environmental (political) threats also adversely the progress and performances of PASSAsia. Challenges were faced with difficult decisions and major strategic and structural changes.
To maintain its business competitive advantage PASSAsia was diversified with ICT, Human Resources, Community Tourism consultancy and advertising and Mass communication fields with other national and international business partners.
PASSAsia established a strategic business partnership with Integrated Risk Management Associates LLC – USA to undertake advance qualitative research studies for NGOs, universities and government projects.
Easter Sunday Attack an Economic Shock
From April to August 2019 most of the regular operations were disrupted. Diversification related to Tourism was also threatened. We were able to manage with some of the ICT service provisions.
PASSAsia has recorded its highest number of business contracts signed within 30 days in its history. Clients including SMEs, Fortune 500 company, INGOs, NGOs, Government organization and leading Universities.
While praying and hoping for the well-being of humans, we are exploring all possible ways and means to support our clients to be resilience and competitive to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, our team is functioning well with a virtual office platform and we are ready to support government organizations, NGOs and SMEs. We strongly believe that building such partnerships are essential and use of technology with creative and innovative solutions are a must at this juncture. Rejuvenating micro, small and medium business and livelihoods will be one of the key priorities for the entire world.
Consultant to National level COVID-19 Impact Study
PASSAsia partnered with Ministry of Small & Medium Business and Enterprise Development of Sri Lanka together with University of Colombo, Sabaragamuwa University and Peradeniya university to design and execute a rapid study “COVID-19 Impact on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka” using virtual meeting facilitation and remote data collection.
First Virtual Course for Youth in Sinhala and Tamil Languages
PASSAsia was a pioneer to design, develop and facilitate Participatory Action Research training course for Sri Lanka youth in 11 districts for one of the Youth Empowerment program of Sarvodaya. Virtual courses were offered in Sinhala and Tamil languages. It was ended as a great success with a new its kind of innovation in Sri Lanka.
Become a Partner of Eval4Action Global Campaign
The Decade of EVALUATION for Action, also the Eval4Action campaign, calls upon all actors, everywhere to accelerate the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals, by advocating for stronger evaluation capacities and evidence-based policies. PASSAsia is one of the partners of this global effort.
A Start-up Mentor and Expert for HULT Prize 2020
Chairman of PASSAsia Mr. Samantha Pathirathna was awarded as Start-up expert/mentor for HULT Prize 2020 programme. Building Startups That Have a Positive Impact on our Planet With Every Dollar Earned. HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD WITH US$1 MILLION is the theme for start-up teams.
ILO Micro and Small Enterprise COVID Recovery Project
Chairman of PASSAsia Mr. Samantha Pathirathna contributes as the National Consultant for ILO Micro and Small Entreprise (MSEs) COVID Recovery project together with government stakeholders, chambers and private sector.
Member Asia Pacific Regional Evaluation Strategy Planning Committee
Chairman of PASSAsia Mr. Samantha Pathirathna contributes as a member of Asia Pasific Evaluation, Strategic Planning Committee and PASSAsia, volunteered to host AP Regional Stakeholder consultation session on 9th Oct 2020.
MoU signed with APEvA to commence Virtual M&E Course
Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) and PASSAsia has signed a MoU to introduce a novel M&E course as a Virtual Learning opportunity and facility.
"Our intention at the inception was to demonstrate the world that multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team is the best blend not only for peace and harmony but also for creative, innovative and entrepreneurial business"
We respect and value diversity as a strength.
67A, 1/1, Thalawathugoda Road
Pitakotte, 10100, Sri Lanka