Binodh De Silva named International Mentor of the Year


Rare honor for Sri Lankan in USA

Binodh De Silva named International Mentor of the Year

By Hishan Welmilla


SAN FRANSISCO.  Obtaining a highest recognition which accepted by the people all over the world will be a rare honor for any person.

Binodh De Silva of Sri Lanka, Head of Analytical and Bioanalytical Operations, Research and Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Sunnyvale, California  is one of such individuals and she has been named International Mentor of the Year 2015 by Mentor Resources, the global mentoring authority.

Mentor Resources is a global mentoring organization serving clients in 24 countries whose mission is to build, enhance and expand organizational Intelligence through mentoring resulting in engaged workplaces that retain high-performing workers, improve knowledge sharing thus increasing shareholder value.

International Mentor of the Year Award honors mentors around the globe who go above and beyond to enhance the academic and business lives of those around them.  Mentors are nominated for demonstrating the qualities such as Strong commitment to helping others grow professionally and personally, Willingness to share their experiences and knowledge, Climate that supports trust, openness, candor, and rapport, Feedback that is honest, objective and constructive together with Professional or academic guidance and help in expanding the mentee’s networks.

The esteemed International Mentor of the Year Award has been given to Binodh DeSilva for her dedication to mentoring. This award recognizes mentors who demonstrate strong commitment to helping others grow professionally and personally.

“I am truly honored to receive this award. It means so much to be able to give back to the profession I love, and I’m motivated by the numerous mentors who have supported me throughout my career,” Ms. DeSilva said.


She also the President-elect of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

“As President-elect of AAPS, one of my priorities is to encourage professionals to give back to the community, by providing their unique, useful insights to help develop those in their early careers into scientific leaders.” she added.


Dr. Binodh DeSilva is an Old Girl of Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and a graduate of the University of Colombo. She received her doctorate in Chemistry from University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Since joining Bristol-Myers Squibb five years ago, DeSilva has mentored 10 young professionals across the organization. She also mentors post-doctoral and graduate students through the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).


Ms. DeSilva’s dedication to mentoring exemplifies the qualities of this annual award, which recognizes mentors who go above and beyond to make a difference in the professional and academic lives of others.  Candidates for this honor are nominated by peers or mentees, and must demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting the personal and professional growth of their mentees .


These are a few of the comments Ms. De Silva’s Mentees made about her that won us over:

“She has happened to be a great role model with her passion for science and public service and her effort for developing people both in and outside her organization and has encouraged students to sign up for a cross-functional rotation” said one of the Mentees which Ms de Silva turned around.

Undoubtedly, Binodh De Silva demonstrated the true purpose of a Mentor which has lead to recognize her as the International Mentor of the Year 2015.

“When the mentoring program using Wisdom Share began at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Binodh was one of the first to volunteer. For her mentees, she provided strategic, valuable career development insight.  The feedback provided by her mentees is testament to Binodh’s support and the enthusiasm she shares. Binodh is deserving of the honor of 2015 International Mentor of the Year.” Commenting on the achievement Binodh Ken Petelinkar Associate Director of Compliance Training, Pharmaceutical Development Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb said.

Binodh Ken Petelinkar, lead the mentoring program in which Ms. DeSilva participates.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company firmly focused on its mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines to patients with serious diseases situated in Sunnyvale, California.Around the world, their medicines helps millions of people in their fight against such diseases as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and, rheumatoid arthritis.

(special thanks to International Center For Journalists (ICFJ for the assistance provided in compiling this story under ICFJ Programme )




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