Siva Sivapragasam is a Media Professional who graduated from the University of Sri Lanka with an Economics Honours degree. He received his secondary education at Royal College, a prestigious educational institution in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His interest and passion for Journalism made him join the Associated Newspapers (Ceylon) Ltd. in 1961 after graduation. This Media organization is the largest Newspaper group in Sri Lanka and he worked here for the Daily News, the premier English Daily in Sri Lanka. He was the newspaper’s Finance Editor covering Financial News and contributing features relating to Finance and Business.
In 1966, the Late.Esmond Wickremasinghe (Ranil Wickramasinghe’s Father) then Managing Director of Associated Newspapers purchased Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Ltd. and took Mr.Sivapragasam along with him to help manage the Newspaper firm he had acquired. Mr. Sivapragasam functioned as the Secretary & also the Marketing Manager for the Virakesari Group for more than 30 years. During his career here, he also edited several Advertising supplements for the Newspaper. At Virakesari, Mr. Sivapragasam acquired a full and thorough knowledge and experience of Media work covering Editorial, Circulation and Advertising. It was during his period of service that the Express Newspaper Group’s production process was computerized and switched to offset printing of its Publications. Since retirement from the Express Newspapers Group in 1993, he functioned as a Consultant to several Advertising Agencies in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Sivapragasam migrated to Canada in 1997 and continued his Media work managing the Sri Lankan Business and Information Directory published by Messrs. Nanda Publications. He was also a Director of the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce associating himself in the Chamber’s annual events and functioned as the Editor of the Annual Souvenir of the Chamber. In addition to this, he has also made contributions to local Canadian ethnic Newspapers. He has also participated in Radio and TV Programmes both in Sri Lanka and Canada by way of Interviews, discussions and seminars. He is currently the Executive Editor of “Monsoon Journal”, a monthly English Newspaper for the South Asian Community.
His recent editorial contribution was an article titled “The Beginning of the Modi Era” appearing as Chapter 1 in a Book on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – “Modi’s Blueprint for India”, published by Pentagon Press, New Delhi. Mr. Sivapragasam possesses over 50 years of Media experience.