Sri Lankan-born electronic engineer Aravinda Korala has won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise from Buckingham Palace and was invited to the Palace last week where he was presented the award - an engraved crystal chalice - by Queen Elizabeth at a gala reception.
The Queen's Award for Enterprise is awarded for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) is awarded to individuals.
His Edinburgh-based ATM software company, KAL, won the highly esteemed Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
Dr Korale, an old boy of Royal College Colombo and graduate of King's College London and Edinburgh University, set up global software unit KAL 22 years ago.
It is the world's leading software suite for ATMs and Kiosks. Thousands of ATMs and Kiosks powered by Kalignite are installed around the world. Dr Korale is a world authority on software technology for ATMs.