We are proud to announce the 2019 Aisa Liberty Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka! #AsiaLF19 is sponsored by Atlas Network and co-hosted by the Advocata Institute. Register today!

Asia Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Asia to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms.

You will learn from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. At the closing dinner, Atlas Network will announce the winners of its Regional Liberty Awards, which celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.    

Asia Liberty Forum will take place at the Colombo Hilton in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1. Plan to arrive on February 27 as programming will begin early on February 28, 2019. The Asia Liberty Forum Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday, February 28 at the Hilton Colombo. 

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network's Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, and Freda Utley Foundation

Dress code

Dress is business casual for the Asia Liberty Forum conference. Dress for the Asia Freedom Dinner on Thursday, February 28 is black tie optional or cocktail attire, traditional dress encouraged. 


Schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

  Thursday, February 28, 2019  
8:00   Registration  
9:00 Speed Networking  
  An Atlas Network tradition! Begin the Asia Liberty Forum by meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a fast-paced "speed dating" format.  
9:40 Welcome Remarks  
  • Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
  • Razeen Sally (National University of Singapore and Advisor - Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka)
10:00   Cornerstone Talks  
  This first session of the Asia Liberty Forum sets the tone for the conference as it is about liberty in Asia. Speakers will share what is happening in a particular project, in their institute, or in their country. The perspective of this session is broad enough to inspire a broad range of discussions.   
  Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network, USA)  
  • Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, USA) on "Doing Development Differently"
  • Dhananath Fernando (Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka)
  • Roy Spencer (Conscious Capitalism, USA) on "Elevating humanity through business"
  • Bryan Cheang (Adam Smith Center, Singapore)
  • Scott Kim (Teach North Korean Refugees, South Korea)
11:00 Break  
11:15 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) Amplifying Your Message  
  Join us for a discussion on how Atlas Network partners are reaching wider audiences in their respective regions and across the continent of Asia.  
  Moderator: TBD  
  • Basanta Adhikiri (Bikalpa, an Alternative, Nepal)
  • Anthea Haryoko (Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia)
  • Khaliun Chimeddorj (Silk Road Foundation, Mongolia) 
  B) Fast Tracking Courts and Enforcing Contracts  
  Moderator: Dr. Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)  
12:45  Luncheon: The Future of Capitalism and Freedom in Asia  
  Join us for an all-star luncheon discussion with Razeen Sally (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Vice-Chancellor at Ashoka University, India), and Fraser Howie (Author and Independent Analyst, Singapore) Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja (Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka) on the topic of the Future of Capitalism and Freedom in Asia.   
14:00 Crowdsource Liberty  
  Too often, conferences ask you to sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas where presenters are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!  
15:30 Afternoon Break  
15:45 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) Fundraising Workshop  
  Facilitators: Luis Miranda (Centre for Civil Society, India) and Dr. Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, USA)  
  B) Think Tank Impact: Removing Barriers to Entrepreneurship  
  Join us for a panel on the institutional barriers to entrepreneurship within the continent of Asia and what can be done to improve situation for individuals doing business.  
  Moderator: Matt Warner (Atlas Network, USA)  
  • Aira Azhari (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs - IDEAS, Malaysia)
  • Robin Sitoula (Samriddhi Foundation, Nepal)
17:00 Advocata Public Event  
18:30 Reception  
19:30 Asia Liberty Awards Dinner  
  Keynote Speaker: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice-Chancellor at Ashoka University, Ph.D. Princeton University  
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)  
  Friday, March 1, 2019  
8:00 CEO & Board Member Breakfast (by invite only)  
8:00 General Breakfast  
9:00 Charting a Course for Economic Freedom in Asia  
  Many Asian partners of Atlas Network are seeking economic reforms that improve the landscape for enterprise in their respective communities. Listen to the experiences of three think tanks that are actively advancing economic liberty across Asia  
  Interviewer: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network, USA)  
  • Deane Jayamanne (Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka)
  • Rainer Heufers (Center for Indonesia Policy Studies, Indonesia)
  • Mirsuljan Namazaliev (Central Asian Free Market Institute, Kyrgyz Republic)
10:30 Morning Break  
10:45 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) Tipping Points: A model for Social Change  
  Facilitator: Dr. Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, USA)  
  B) Privacy, Safety, and Free Speech  
  Panel Details Coming Soon  
12:30 Think Tank Shark Tank Luncheon  

Watch live as think tank leaders pitch their project ideas to a panel of judges! 

Master of Ceremonies: Matt Warner (Atlas Network, USA)

Judges: Luis Miranda (India) • Razeen Sally (Singapore) • Linda Whetstone (UK) • Ronald Meinardus (India)



Dhananath Fernando - Advocata Institute, Sri Lanka

Dhananath is currently the Chief Operating Officer of ‘Advocata’, an Economic Policy Think Tank in Sri Lanka, where he is a founding member. He recieved his Bachelors degree in Bio Sciences at the University of Colombo and is a graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy and ATLAS Think Tank MBA. He is one of the curators of AK Lit Fest a Tri Lingual Literary Festival in upbringing local literati. He is the host of “Public Space Sri Lanka”, a one to one weekly TV discussion with politicians on Art TV and a morning news programme namely “Wake up with Art”. Additionally, Dhananath works with ‘people in need’ by volunteering in CandleAid Lanka, a government approved humanitarian organization. He is also the 2018 winner of the Asia Think Tank Shark Tank competition and is an enthusiastic mountain climber & trekker. He completed Everest Base Camp in May of 2018 and the Chardar Trek, a frozen river along the Indian Tibetan border, in 2017.

Roy Spencer - Conscious Capitalism, USA

Roy started his contracting business, Perma-Seal Basement Systems in 1979 with only $1,700 in the bank and an F150 Ford pickup truck. Today, 40 years later, Roy is still running that business that has since grown to over 80 trucks and nearly 200 employees. He credits his success to his early commitment to hard work work, ethical treatment of his clients and employees, and maintaining a long term decision making process. In addition to being the president and visionary of Perma-Seal, Roy serves on the executive board of the Chicagoland and Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau and is chairman of the Chicago chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

Razeen Sally - Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore  

Razeen Sally is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He was on the faculty of the London School of Economics for eighteen years, where he also received his PhD. He has held adjunct teaching, research and advisory positions at universities and think tanks in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is on the Global Agenda Council for Competitiveness of the World Economic Forum, and was awarded the Hayek Medal by the Hayek Society in Germany in 2011. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Razeen Sally’s research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy.

Aira Azhari - Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia

Aira Azhari is Coordinator of the Democracy and Governance Unit at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), an independent policy research organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Liverpool, UK and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has provided analysis on political and economic issues to Malaysian and international press, including the BBC World News and BBC Radio.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta - Ashoka University, Ph.D. Princeton University, India

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University. He was previously President, Center for Policy Research. He has been a Professor at Harvard, JNU, the Global Faculty Program at NYU Law School. He has published widely in political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.

His most recent publications include The Oxford Handbook to the Indian Constitution (co-edited with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary); Rethinking India's Public Institutions (with Devesh Kapur and Milan Vaishnav); Non-Alignment 2.0 (with Srinath Raghavan, Sunil Khilnani et al), The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (with Niraja Jayal); India and Multilateralism (with Bruce Jones and WPS Sidhu) and the Burden of Democracy.

Mehta has also served in a number of policy roles including, Member Convenor of the Prime Minister of India's National Knowledge Comission, Member of the the National Security Advisory Board, Member of the Lyngdoh Committee. He Chairs the Jury for the Holberg Prize.

Mehta has a prolific engagement with public affairs. He is editorial consultant to Indian Express, where he writes a regular column. In addition he has written for the Financial Times, and a number of leading national and international publications. He is on the Editorial Board of American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy

Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.

Dr. Lyall Swim - Atlas Network, USA

Dr. Lyall Swim is the director of training at Atlas Network. In his role, Lyall provides leadership for the entire suite of Atlas Network training offerings. For the past 17 years, he has engaged with more than 20,000 adult learners in dozens of organizations around the world. His focus has been to build increased leadership and operational capacity and enable organizations to successfully navigate various forms of change. He is a sought-after speaker on ethics, leadership, innovation adoption, and education innovation. As the director of operations for Sutherland Institute, Lyall helped lead a redesign of the organization that enabled the Institute to better leverage the strengths of each staff member and increase the profile and influence of the Institute in Utah. Lyall holds a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. He also holds a bachelor’s in communications and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. His research and writing on leadership, ethics, education reform, adult learning, and innovation adoption have been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and various local and national outlets. Above all, Lyall enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three teenage children.

Casey Pifer - Atlas Network, USA

Casey joined the Atlas Network team as an intern in 2014, transitioned into the Development and Events Associate before serving as Institute Relations and Programs Manager and now as Associate Director, Institute Relations and Programs. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. During college, she tutored students in economics, helped manage a catering company and was active in Students for Liberty. Before graduation, she spent a summer as a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow working with the policy team at Citizens Against Government Waste. Casey loves playing ultimate frisbee, reading and talking with people about freedom.

Rainer Heufers - Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia

Rainer Heufers is the Executive Director of the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Being strictly non-partisan and not-for-profit, CIPS suggests policies that are based on the belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. Heufers is also the founder and Managing Director of Siap Solutions Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based training and consulting firm. As a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Network, he designed the first Atlas Think Tank MBA in 2008 and has since conducted these annual flagship-trainings of the Atlas Network where think tank leaders from around the world develop individual business plans for their organizations.  

Anthea Haryoko - Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia

Anthea Haryoko is the Head of External Relations at CIP and is responsible for CIPS’ communications efforts that supports its advocacy and donor outreach.

Anthea has 7 years experience working in communications supporting organisations ranging from multinational companies to non-profits. Before joining CIPS, Anthea worked in PR agency, Maverick, and the Bakrie Group in Indonesia.

Khaliun Chimeddorj - Silk Road Foundation, Mongolia

Khaliun graduated from highschool in Poland, where she lived with her family for eight years. Returning to Mongolia in 2007, she graduated from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology as an English-Russian technical translator. Later, she earned Master Degree in Linguistics. From 2014, she worked as a translator and journalist at the UB Post, the only independent Mongolian newspaper in English, covering the nation’s politics, business, and economics. In February 2017, Khaliun joined the Silk Road Foundation as its general manager.

Basanta Adhikari - Bikalpa, an Alternative, Nepal

Basanta Adhikari is the founding chairperson of Bikalpa-an Alternative; an organization which envisions a Nepal where rule of law is supreme and all citizens can have an equal opportunity to prosper in their own country and enjoy their rights to life, liberty and property. Prior to this, he has worked with Samriddhi-the Prosperity Foundation, leading “Gari Khana Deu” (Livable Nepal) campaign to promote the fundamental principles of rule of law, right to life and property, and Freedom to Enterprise. Mr. Adhikari also served as a volunteer for three years (1999-2002) at Youth Development Program in Biratnagar and joined Youth Initiative in 2007 where he worked with different stakeholders to educate and trained young people on the issue of civic leadership. He graduated from SungKongHoe University, Seoul, South Korea on Master’s in Inter-Asia NGOs Studies (MAINS). Besides this, Basanta is alumni of US Department of State IVLP program, Accountapreneur for Accountability Lab Accountability Incubator program and an Asia 21 Young Leaders Fellow.

Brad Lips - Atlas Network, United States

Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily Caller, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network. 

Dr. Tom G. Palmer - Atlas Network, United States

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty(2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Matt Warner - Atlas Network, United States

Matt Warner is Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Network. In this role he supports the strategic evolution of Atlas Network's Coach, Compete, Celebrate approach to strengthening a global network of research and advocacy organizations all committed to expanding economic freedom for all people. As Senior Fellow, he writes and speaks on organizational development, change leadership, economic development and nonprofit strategy, most recently as a guest on the popular EconTalk podcast with Hoover Institution's Russ Roberts. His work has been published in the Cato Journal, the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Fee.org, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the United States. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He is also certified by Georgetown University in organizational consulting and change leadership.

Linda Whetstone - Atlas Network, United States

Linda Whetstone is chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Istanbul Network for Liberty. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organizer of MPS meetings in Nairobi and Istanbul.  She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society.  She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.

Luis Miranda - Centre for Civil Society, India

Luis is Chairman of the Centre for Civil Society. CCS is launching the Indian School of Public Policy this year. He is the former Chairman, IDFC Private Equity. Luis founded IDFC Private Equity in 2002 and was earlier a senior member of the start-up team at HDFC Bank. He is Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and is involved with various non-profits related to capacity building. Luis got his MBA from Chicago Booth, where he taught by Chicago School economists George Stiller and Gene Fama.

Bryan Cheang - Adam Smith Center, Singapore

Bryan Cheang is the Founder and Director of the Adam Smith Center, which is the first and only independent, pro-market think tank based in Singapore. The mission of the Adam Smith Center is to inspire and build a new generation of leaders grounded in the values of free market humanitarianism, that of individualism, free exchange, rule of law and permissionless innovation, the engines of human progress. 

Bryan is also a PhD Candidate in Political Economy at King’s College London, where he also obtained his Masters. His academic interests is in the areas of philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), specifically in the political economy of development. He is currently working on his thesis comparing state formation and economic strategies in Hong Kong and Singapore as part their growth experiences, and its impact on entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Bryan also previously spent time in the Singapore civil service in the economic policymaking agency working on human capital solutions for small businesses. He has also published articles on local platforms like Channel Newsasia and Singapore Business Review, as well as overseas ones like CAPx and Foundation for Economic Education. 

Fraser Howie - Author and Independent Analyst, Singapore

Fraser Howie is co-author of three books on the Chinese financial system, Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundations of China’s Extraordinary Rise (named a Book of the Year 2011 by The Economist magazine and one of the top ten business books of the year by Bloomberg), Privatizing China: Inside China’s Stock Markets and “To Get Rich is Glorious” China’s Stock Market in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

He studied Natural Sciences (Physics) at Cambridge University and Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and for over twenty years has been trading, analyzing and writing about Asian stock markets. During that time he has worked in Hong Kong Beijing and Singapore. 

He has worked for Baring Securities, Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley, CICC and from 2003 to 2012 he worked at CLSA as a Managing Director in the Listed Derivatives and Synthetic Equity department.

His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, China Economic Quarterly and the Nikkei Asian Review, and is a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC

Ronald Meinardus - Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, India

Before joining the Regional Office in New Delhi in 2014, Dr. Ronald Meinardus served the Foundation in that position at the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, Egypt for seven years. Earlier, he represented the Foundation in Greece, South Korea and the Philippines. A journalist by profession, Dr. Meinardus is also a political commentator and blogger and enjoys writing about developments in the region and beyond.

Scott (Sungchull) Kim - Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), South Korea

Scott (Sungchull) fled North Korea in 2001. His life in North Korea had been miserable, but things got worse in China as he struggled to survive. He was arrested by Chinese police and repatriated back to North Korea three different times. Determined to be free, he finally successfully escaped to South Korea in 2007. After barely attending school in North Korea, he completed his K-12 education in South Korea in less than two years. He was accepted into Handong Global University (HGU), majoring in International studies and social welfare. A turning point in his life came when he had an opportunity to study English in the USA. He studied at Fulbright College for four months and interned for both the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. After graduating from HGU, he worked at a trading company for three years. He is now running his own trading company. Remembering his own difficulties as an adolescent, Scott dreams of establishing a school for orphans so they can live together and get educated in a nurturing environment. Scott is now a Special Ambassador for Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) in Seoul, giving speeches about North Korean defectors and telling his own story.

Mirsuljan Namazaliev - Central Asian Free Market Institute, Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. Mirsuljan Namazaliev is the Managing Director of the Central Asian Free Market Institute, which he founded in 2009. He owned and managed K-News LLC (2015-2017), one of the leading online news sources in Kyrgyzstan. He is the founding curator at the Global Shapers Hub in Bishkek, initiative of the World Economic Forum. Previously, Mr. Namazaliev has represented the Zurich-based Neweurasia Citizen Media company in Kyrgyzstan (2006-2014), founded and lead various civic movements and organizations that promoted democratic changes under authoritarian regimes in the country (2004-2008). He stands for the Rule of Law, Economic Freedom and Minimal Government. Mr. Namazaliev holds a BA in political science from the Bishkek Humanities University (2009).

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja - Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja is the Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies in Sri Lanka. He concurrently serves as a Member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister’s Task Force on the Indian Ocean. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute in London. In a career spanning over 25 years, Ganeshan has had senior roles at the Asian Development Bank (including the Director of Research at the ADB Institute in Tokyo), the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD, Oxford University, the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies and a UK consulting firm. He has published 19 books on international economics, regional integration, SMEs, development economics and development finance. He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford University and a BSc in economics from the London School of Economics.


The Asia Liberty Forum meetings will take place at the Hilton Colombo.

Asia Liberty Forum Hotel Reservations:

Hilton Colombo
2 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha
00200 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Learn more about the hotel here

The discounted rate at the The Hilton Colombo is $175 (single room) / $188 (double room). This rate is inclusive of a 30.28% tax. Contact Sherry Romello at Sherry.Romello@AtlasNetwork.org to make your hotel reservation.

Reservations must be provided to the hotel by Atlas Network. To make your room reservations, please email the following information to Sherry.Romello@AtlasNetwork.org or go here to make your hotel reservation. 

First Name:
Last Name:
Check in Date & Time:
Check out Date & Time:
Room Type: Single or Double (If requesting Double,  please provide # of guests and whether you will one one bed or two in the room.)

Check-out time is 12:00 noon and check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-in after 1:00 pm and before 3:00 pm is subject to availability.  Check-in after 8:00 am and before 1:00 pm will be charged at 30% of the full room rate.  Check-in prior to 8:00 am will be charged at 100% of the room rate. Late check-out between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm is subject to availability.  Late check-out between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm will be charged at 30% of the full room rate.  Late check-out after 7:00 pm will be charged at 100% of the room rate.



Local Currency

The rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka, divided into 100 cents.  The currency code for Rupees is LKR, and the currency symbol is generally Rs., but "LKR" is occasionally used to distinguish it from other currencies also called rupee.  $1 USD is approximately equal to 179 LKR.  The Hilton Colombo accepts credit cards for charges within the hotel.

Meeting Logistics

The Asia Liberty Forum will take place at the Hilton Colombo (2 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, 00200, Sri Lanka).  The hotel provides an iron & ironing board in the room; free use of the Fitness Centre; complimentary high-speed internet access; standard water bottles replenished daily; Crabtree & Evelyn bath amenities.  A buffet breakfast is included in your room cost and will be available from 6:30 am to 10:30 am daily in the GRAZE Kitchen.  For more information on the hotel, please visit its website here.

Attire for the Forum is business casual. Cocktail attire or traditional dress is encouraged for the Atlas Network Asia Liberty Awards Dinner on the evening of February 28th.

Airport/Transportation Information

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), colloquially known as Katunayake Airport and Colombo International Airport, is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka.  It is located in a suburb of Negombo, 20 miles north of the commercial capital Colombo. Katunayake is about 32 km (about 20 miles) from the hotel.

Hotel Transfers: The Hilton Colombo provides a pick-up service available to take you directly from the airport to/from the hotel.  There is a charge for this service (You will be responsible to pay for this service) and a credit card guarantee is required.  Please e-mailColombo.Reservations@hilton.com to make your transportation arrangements directly with the hotel.  Guests who have made a prior reservation will be paged in the Arrivals Terminal by the hotel’s airport representative and escorted to the vehicle.  It normally takes about 45 minutes from the airport to the hotel.  A Mercedes Benz car (maximum of 3 passengers with luggage) is available for $65.00 USD.  A Mercedes Benz van (maximum of 8 passengers with luggage) is available for $65.00 USD.  A luxury coach (maximum of 20 passengers with luggage) is available for $100 USD. 

Climate And Weather

In February/March, the weather characteristics are as shown below:

  • Average temperature: 27oC (81oF)
  • High temperature: 31oC (88oF)
  • Low temperature: 23oC (73oF)
  • Average rainfall: Between 69 mm (2.7 inches) & 130 mm (5 inches)
  • Average days of rain: 6 days
  • Average hours of sunshine: 9 hours