Datta Gunasekara joined SLPA as an Electrical Engineer in 1983 after graduating from the University of Peradeniya. He served in various capacities in workshops, container terminals, and projects while getting gradual promotions until promotion to post of Chief Engineer Electrical in 2005.
He obtained full professional qualifications from the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and was admitted to the class of Charted Engineer in 1992. He has served in many technical committees in SLPA and other statutory bodies and counts experience in ports and consultancies overseas. He was promoted to the post of Director Technical in 2010 and since then has been closely involved in management of SLPA corporate affairs.