Director Board

Damith Pallewatte

Chairman

Damith Pallewatte is the Deputy General Manager – Wholesale Banking Group of Hatton National Bank PLC.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Management from the London School of Economics. He is also a qualified Financial Risk Manager of the Global Association of Risk Professionals as well as holding the ACI qualification.

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Thimal Perera

Director

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.

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Ananda Munasinghe

Director

Mr. Ananda Munasinghe has had over three-decades of experience in the manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka. He was the former Director / General Manager of Acme Printing and Packaging Limited. He has also functioned as Works Manager at State Fertilizer Manufacturing Corporation and Senior Instrument Engineer at Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s Refinery.

Mr. Munasinghe is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He also holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Production Engineering and Engineering Design from Colchester College of Technology, England and Enfield College of Technology, England respectively. He has held the position of President, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association and Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging in the past.

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Ray Abeywardena

Director

Ray Abeywardena is the Managing Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd. He has been associated with the Sri Lanka’s capital markets for over 30 years, primarily as a Stockbroker and since 2009 as an Investment Banker. Prior to being appointed as Managing Director/CEO of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd he served as the Managing Director/CEO of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd from 2001 to end 2008. Mr. Abeywardena is the Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Securities Ltd, the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Central Depository Systems Ltd. He is the Chairman of Guardian Acuity Asset Management Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC, Lanka Energy Fund Ltd, Softlogic Insurance PLC & ANCL.

Mr. Abeywardena is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stockbrokers Association, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

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Nihal Kekulawala

Director

Mr. Nihal Kekulawala is a director of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC, Lanka Walltile PLC, AMW Capital Leasing and Finance PLC, Continental Insurance Lanka Limited, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Softlogic Holdings PLC and LVL Energy Fund PLC. He was responsible for setting up Pan Oceanic Bank in Solomon Islands and functioned as its Director/Chief Executive Officer between June 2014 and June 2016. Prior to that he held senior management positions at Hatton National Bank PLC over a period of 20 years and at the time of retirement in December 2012 held the position of Senior Deputy General Manager – Strategy and Compliance.

Mr. Kekulawala is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, England. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Manchester, England

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Ravi Dassanayake

Director

Mr. Ravi Dassanayake is the Vice President Strategic Planning and Subsidiaries of DFCC Bank PLC. He counts over 27 years of experience in banking, accounting and auditing, consulting and advisory services. He is a Director of several subsidiaries and associate companies of DFCC and is also a member of several management committees. He has held positions as the Head of Budgeting and Planning of DFCC Vardhana Bank Limited, Chief Executive officer and Chief Risk and Operations officer of Lankaputhra Development Bank and Partner, Audit Assurance and Consulting of BDO Partners Sri Lanka. He holds his Masters from PIM, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and his first degree in Accountancy from the same university.

He is also a Fellow member of CA Sri Lanka and an Associate of CIMA UK.

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Rajive Dissanayake

Director

Rajive Dissanayake is the Chief Financial 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.

He 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.

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