Our Team

Goodfolks Founders

The two founders have nearly 30 years of experience in the branding, marketing and advertising industry. We also have a background in general finance and working with entrepreneurs. These skills are what we use to elevate our identified products and ideas. However, given our own personal convictions and values, this process will also be green and ethical and inclusive. Our two founders are:

Dinesh Perera

Dinesh started out his career in banking and finance with stints at Mercantile Investments, Nations Trust Bank and NDB Bank. He later made a career switch and joined Bates Strategic Alliance as a junior English Creative Writer. Having worked with other creative agencies, Dinesh returned to Bates in 2010 as Associate Creative Director and rose to the position of Creative Director. He also founded the agency’s Digital Advertising arm, Bates Digital. In 2016, Dinesh migrated to Australia and took up a role in Digital MArketing before returning to Sri Lanka to attend to family matters.

In 2016 Dinesh and his partner founded Foozoo, a quirky little B&B in Colombo. What started as a fun side project evolved into a full time business and Foozoo Infinite was officially born in 2017. Since then the company owns and manages three properties and runs a travel agency, Foozoo Travel. Meanwhile in 2020 Foozoo Kitchen came into being with a distinct Vegan menu.

Dinesh together with his sister Anne, found Goodfolks during the lockdown of 2020.

Anne Perera

Anne has nearly 15 years of experience in the fields of journalism, public relations & marketing communications. She began her career as a trainee news reporter at Art Television and was promoted to the position of news reporter within a year. Since then, she evolved in her role as a Journalist, becoming a producer cum news anchor of Art TV’s daily & weekly business news bulletins, The State of Business and The Biz Roundup. In 2005, she was given the responsibility to produce a 15-minute documentary type programme titled ‘Achievers’, a program which was backed by the Export Development Board, giving recognition to successful Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. Anne completed 50 successful shows and was responsible for producing, reporting as well as presenting this weekly show. She excelled to the position of Assistant Manager, News & current Affairs.

Since she bid adieu to her career in journalism, Anne joined the advertising industry to test the waters in public relations and English copy writing in agencies such as Ogilvy PR, Sri Lanka & Magenta, the creative arm of Media Factory. This exposure & experience in the ad industry and journalism paved the way for her to join the corporate sector from 2014 onwards, joining one of Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerates with international presence, as a Senior Manager, Marketing Communications.

Anne holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire (UK).

Core Management Team

Ishan Perera

Sales Director - Background in E-Commerce

Ishan possesses over 10 years of experience in Sales & Marketing specializing in online sales and ecommerce. His stints in Scienter Technologies, IC & CS and Franklin Covey paved the way for a bigger role at ODEL PLC where he played a leading role in managing and generating sales through its online store. Some of the achievements include winning the Gold in the Best Web competition for 3 consecutive years and the nomination at the world web championship. Ishan later joined DSI Private Limited as Assistant Manager e-commerce, where he managed the online store of the company (footcandy.lk) playing an instrumental role in changing the look and making the website profitable. Achievements at DSI includes winning the Bronze Award in the Best Web Competition.
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