Tissa Jinasena Group


Dr. Tissaweera Sriyan Jinasena (Tissa Jinasena) was born in 1948 to the well-known Jinasena engineering family as the youngest of four boys. He now carries the torch which was lit by his legendary grandfather the late engineer Colomba-patabandige Jinasena (the founder of the Jinasena group) and passed on to him by his illustrious father the late Deshamanya Engineer T.S. Jinasena Sr. He had his entire school education at St Thomas’s College, Mt Lavinia. He proceeded to the United Kingdom for university education in Engineering following the footsteps of his father and brothers in 1967.  After obtaining Bachelor of Technology degree from University of Loughborough he earned a Master of Science degree from University of Reading. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008 University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Dr Jinasena in recognition of the unprecedented contribution he has made to the industrial and manufacturing sectors in post-colonial Sri Lanka and his contribution to the humanitarian sector.

Returning home, he commenced his career in 1973 as a Director at Jinasena Group owned by his family where he was instrumental in establishing Jinasena Electric Motors (Pvt.) Limited, Jinasena Agricultural Machineries (Pvt.) Ltd and Jinasena Engineering Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd

In 1984 he played a key role in establishing Loadstar (Pvt.) as part of the Jinasena Group with ten employees. He was appointed Director Engineering and went on to become the Joint Managing Director and CEO at which time had a work force of more than 8000 and was the largest single foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka. Loadstar is considered as a world leader in Solid tires and a significant player in industrial and construction sectors.

Dr. Jinasena was; a founder board member of SLINTEC, which is the institution sphere heading the national Nano Technology Initiative of Sri Lanka, and was a Steering Committee Member of the Monaragala Rubber Development Program which was a national level initiative aimed at propagating rubber plantations in to none traditional areas of Sri Lanka. He continue to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Kuliyapitiya University College affiliated to the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.




Deshamanya Engineer Tissaweera Siriwardhana Jinasena (1910 – 2005) was the second Chairman of the Jinasena Group and is the father of Dr Tissaweera Sriyan Jinasena. Educated at Royal College and Ananda College, Colombo, TSJ Sr. sailed to the United Kingdom in the 1920s to qualify as an Engineer. He invented the iconic Jinasena water pump and many more engineering devices which still contribute immensely to the engineering and agricultural sectors in Sri Lanka for over six decades. He developed the first ever Racing Car (Magpie) in Sri Lanka and his achievements are written in gold in the history of Sri Lankan Motor Racing Archives.  He was married to late Mrs. Lily Margaret Fernando Jinasena.













The founder of Jinasena Group was the late Engineer Colamba-patabandige Jinasena (1873 – 1933), the visionary Sri Lankan who initiated the Jinasena legacy.  Mr. C. Jinasena is considered to be the first Sri Lankan to obtain the membership of the elite British Institute of Mechanical Engineers during early 20th century. He served as the first volunteer engineer of the “Ruvanweliseya” reconstruction project, a responsibility his son late TSJ Sr. took over after his demise. Mr. C. Jinasena worked very closely with Sri Lankan leaders such as Anagarika Dharmapala and Walisinghe Harishchandra to change the mindset of the average Sri Lankans who were psychologically de moralized by the colonial rulers. Mr. C. Jinasena also contributed immensely in restoring the; Sri Maha Bodhi prakara and Golden Fence (Ran Weta), the four gates and the pinnacle of the “Tissamaharama” stupa etc.











Under the visionary leadership of Dr Tissa Jinasena, there is a group of committed individuals from various professions leading the way in achieving the goals of the TJG.

Our team comprises of members who have served the Jinasena Group for more than five decades. These include qualified; engineers, accountants, trainers, agriculture officers, Ayurvedic medical officers, motor mechanics, human resource officers and development sector professionals with specialized exposures in Sri Lanka and overseas.