Director Board

RAY ABEYWARDENA – CHAIRMAN

Ray is the Managing Director/Group CEO of ACUITY, which has subsidiaries involved in, Stock Broking, Fixed Income Securities, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital Financing & Asset Management. Prior to being appointed as Group CEO in 2009, Ray served as the CEO/MD of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, from 2001 to end 2008. In his last year as CEO/MD, Acuity Stockbrokers emerged as the No 1 stock broking firm in Sri Lanka. From 1998 to 2000, Ray functioned as the Managing Director of Forbes ABN Amro Securities. Ray has been associated with the capital markets of Sri Lanka for over 30 years, primarily as a stockbroker & since 2009 as an investment banker. He is the Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd & Acuity Securities Ltd and serves on the Boards of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC, LVL Energy Fund Ltd,  Soft Logic Life Insurance PLC,  Guardian Acuity Asset Management, and The Central Depository Systems (Pvt) Ltd. Ray currently holds the position of Chairman of the  Colombo Stock Exchange.  He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Brokers Association.

Ray is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) & has an MBA from the University of Wales, UK.

Deva Ellepola – Executive Director & Deputy Chairman Acuity Stockbrokers

Deva is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd and Executive Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd. Prior to the formation of ACUITY he was the Managing Director/CEO of HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, from 2001-2009. Deva functioned as the General Manager–Broking of JP Morgan HNB Securities (Pvt) Ltd from 2000-2001 and was the Deputy General Manager at Jardine Fleming HNB Securities (Pvt) Ltd, from 1995-2000. He also functioned as the Deputy General Manager of HDF Securities (Pvt) Ltd from 1993-1996. Deva started his career at Bartleet Mallory Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd in 1983.

He has vast experience in the Sri Lankan Stock Broking industry spanning to nearly 3 decades. He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Brokers Association (CSBA) and has served as a Member of all the important Sub Committees of the CSE.

He has participated in numerous foreign road shows and international conferences and related training programs on capital markets both in Sri Lanka and abroad. He holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) & the Professional Stock Broking Certificate issued by the Securities Institute of Australia.

Prashan Fernando-CEO

Prashan is the Executive Director / CEO at Acuity Stockbrokers. He counts over 21 years experience in the Stock Broking Industry in Sri Lanka. Prashan started his career with the Forbes & Walker Group in 1990. He joined Forbes & Walker Stockbrokers, and in 1998 was the Manager – Retail in the joint venture with ABN Amro Securities. Prashan joined DFCC Stockbrokers as Senior Vice President in 2001 and in 2003 was appointed to the Board of Directors. He initiated the first ever share buy back by one of Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates following the provisions of the new Company’s Act. He was instrumental in numerous takeovers and sales of strategic stakes. Prashan provides investment advice to many of the high net worth individuals and leading local corporate entities and global funds active in Sri Lanka.

Prashan has an MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia.

Ruwan Manatunga

Ruwan Manatunga, joined the Hatton National Bank PLC in November 2013 as Chief Strategy Officer/Assistant General Manager (Strategy) and was appointed as Head of Corporate Banking in July 2014 and Deputy General Manager – Corporate Banking in January 2015. Ruwan Manatunga has 20 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry in executive and managerial positions covering Credit, Personal Banking, Credit Cards Merchant Acquiring, and Corporate Banking. (12 years with HSBC). Prior to joining Hatton National Bank PLC he was the Deputy Head/Senior Manager, Corporate Banking at HSBC Sri Lanka and Audi/Information Systems Manager at Ernst & Young, Chartered Accounts from 1992- 2000.

Thimal Perera

Thimal Perera is the deputy CEO of DFCC Bank PLC and has more than two decades of experience in the financial services and banking sector, both locally and internationally.Perera was most recently the Deputy General Manager of Hatton National Bank where he guided the retail and SME banking sector. He has also worked previously with HSBC both locally and internationally, the Commercial Bank of Qatar and Barclays Bank PLC in the United Arab Emirates.

During his tenure at HSBC, he was the Regional Head of Cards and Digital Channels overlooking the Middle East and North Africa Region and was the Director of Retail Products and Business Banking for Barclays Bank Plc in the UAE.

While at HNB he also served as a board member of HNB Assurance PLC, HNB General Insurance Ltd and HNB Grameen Ltd. Thimal Perera is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK.

Rajive Dissanayake

Rajive is the Chief Strategy Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC.

He counts for over 15 years of experience in banking and capital markets. His exposure covers relationship management, project finance, capital markets research, financial analysis, economic analysis, investments, budgeting, investor relations, asset & liability management and strategic planning.

Rajive holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Chartered Global Management Accountant and a CFA® Charter holder.