Dilki de Silva

Secretary General

Industrial Council of Societies of Industrial Design

Dilki de Silva was appointed Icsid Secretary General and working director of the Executive Board in 2003. In this capacity, she is responsible for the financial and overall operational performance of the organisation, capacity building, strategic planning, membership relations and partnership development. She also leads World Design Capital® (WDC), a biennial international designation that is bestowed to one city at a time and is held for a period of one calendar year.

Ms. de Silva started her career as an intern for the World Bank, followed by several managerial positions in the UK and Canada. During her work in international economic development with the city of Toronto (1986 – 1998), she was instrumental in bringing international relations to the top of the city’s political agenda.

Ms. de Silva holds a BA in Business Administration majoring in Economics and International Relations from New England College, USA.