Super father of six children Umesh Perera, 50, is also a global technology business leader

A businessman has revealed how he combines a grueling work schedule as a tech company founder with life as a single father of six.

Umesh Perera, 50, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, is the founder of Ayozat, a broadcast, production and distribution company with its own online streaming and gaming platforms.

But between building the business and making calls to his teams in Singapore, India and Europe, Umesh also finds time to cook family meals and do school twice a day.

Umesh Perera, 50, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, is the founder of Ayozat, a broadcast, production and distribution company with its own online streaming and gaming platforms. But between building the business and making calls to his teams in Singapore, India and Europe, Umesh also finds time to cook family meals and do school twice a day.

The engineering graduate became the primary caregiver for his children Alex, 21, Yazmine, 19, Oliver, 18, Zane, 14, Amali, 12, and Tassia, 10, after splitting from their mother.

“I got custody of my children in family court,” Umesh said. His mother passed away shortly after, which was hard for them, but we’ve all gotten through it together. I loved my job, but I left it behind at that time to raise my children.’

He had already had a distinguished career by this time: After the Kosovo war, he was part of the effort to repatriate more than a million refugees, collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and the United Nations.

And later, NATO and the Ministry of Defense drew on their experience to deal with other refugee crises.

But for most of the last two decades, she’s put her career second to raising children.

When lockdown hit, Umesh founded his company Ayozat, which he runs from a home office in his family’s extended Edwardian country house.

The engineering graduate became the primary caregiver for his children Alex, 21, Yazmine, 19, Oliver, 18, Zane, 14, Amali, 12, and Tassia, 10, after splitting from their mother.

The engineering graduate became the primary caregiver for his children Alex, 21, Yazmine, 19, Oliver, 18, Zane, 14, Amali, 12, and Tassia, 10, after splitting from their mother.

The broadcast, production and distribution technology company he founded has already expanded to include interests in intellectual property, OTT platforms, proprietary compression technology, advertising and gaming platforms.

Umesh’s daily schedule makes reading strenuous as it accommodates the needs of both your children and your staff across different time zones.

Umesh gets up at 5 am to start picking his way through an inbox full of emails. At 6 am, he begins his daily conference call with teams in India and Singapore who are at work and at their desks.

My family loves it when I cook and I am a firm believer in getting together to break bread and share those special moments around a delicious meal.

His employees are well-trained, knowing that the reports need to be completed by 8am so that Umesh can read them before getting in his car with his three school-age children to go to three different schools in the Harrow area.

You’re back at your desk by 9am, ready to tackle your demanding workday, with your European offices now up and running for the link.

When 1:00 pm arrives, he stops the company clock and goes to the kitchen to prepare one of his famous Sri Lankan curries that he will share with everyone nearby.

Umesh’s eldest children, Alex, Yazmine, and Oliver, often work for their father on various Ayozat projects, so they are often home during the workday to keep him company. And to eat with him. Alex is involved full time with students Yazmine and Oliver getting involved when student life allows.

‘My family loves it when I cook and I am a firm believer in getting together to break bread and share those special moments around a delicious meal. I’m self-taught in the kitchen but the reviews I get are decent… Although maybe my kids are biased!’

Umesh admits that balancing the needs and demands of six children while running an international company is not easy.

Umesh admits that balancing the needs and demands of six children while running an international company is not easy.

Umesh and her older children will return to their desks to continue working through the afternoon, with colleagues in North and South America now going into their workdays while their Asian counterparts are well into the night.

At 3:00 pm it is time for the second school race of the day. Collecting Zane, Amali and Tassia.

When they get home from school, their favorite chore is to try whatever new software or app their dad has been working on that day. ‘I tell them homework comes first, then they’re allowed to do the fun stuff later.’

He himself continues the working day well into the night before returning to prepare a meal for the whole family and relax before it all starts again early the next day.

Umesh admits that balancing the needs and demands of six children while running an international company is not easy.

“There have been very difficult periods,” he says. ‘I get to be their father, sharing unconditional love, affection and support, while also showing them the value of hard work. When they haven’t tried their best, I’ve addressed it, realizing that the long-term gains outweigh the short-term headache of being an occasionally strict parent,

“But while discipline is important, they know I’m a softy at heart, I just do my best to get the balance right.” Like all parents, I make many mistakes along the way and every day is a humbling learning experience.’

Umesh’s son Alex is now the head of Ayozat’s network operations, so his father is also his boss.

“He is not your normal father and he is involved in every aspect of our lives,” Alex said. ‘That includes the house, he even brushes the girls’ hair in the morning.

“For him, it’s not about a separation between work and life, it’s about ‘life,’ trying to do the right thing.

He added, “The company’s approach to media and gaming was initially based on the interests of us children, and it consults with us regularly on product and business decisions.”

Umesh put his years of experience building computer networks to good use and set about building a platform that he felt could rival the world’s tech giants.

“It sounds crazy when I say it now, but somehow I knew this was meant to be huge,” he said.

“Now with multi-million dollar deals and our own space on the Sky channel, it’s easier for people to understand the potential, we hit thirty million monthly viewers, but I never had any doubt that everything was about to change.”

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