Dr. S.M. Mohamed Ismail served as Member of Parliament (National List), Sri Lanka (2018 – 2020), Chairman – Sri Lanka Handicraft Board (LAKSALA) (2015 – 2018) and former Vice Chancellor of SEUSL (2009 – 2015). As a Vice Chancellor, he provided strategic direction and leadership, chaired the Council, Senate and other principal University bodies, Formulating and update Master Plan and Corporate Plan for the university. He worked closely with others to ensure a coherent vision across all the constituent parts of the University, and work with Council, Senate, the Academic Divisions and ensure that the governance, management and administration of the University are efficient and effective and Involved in securing and continuing the growth of the University’s financial base, and take a principal role in the University’s fundraising.
He served as Director – Local Technical Secretariat (IRQUE World Bank Funded Project at the South Eastern University) from 2004 to 2009.