Board of Directors

 

Ms. Samadanie Kiriwandeniya

Chairperson- Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

Extensive Senior Management experience in the fields of Participatory Development, Gender Issues Management, Micro Finance and Conflict Resolution. She is also the Corporate Leader of SANASA Group. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya and Masters Degree in Sociology from University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Current appointments

She holds Directorship of SANASA Campus Ltd., Uththamavi Guarantee Limited, SANASA Travels (Pvt) Ltd. and SANASA International Company Limited.

Previous appointments

Senior Manager, Deputy General Manager (International Relations SDB PLC) and National Coordinator – Post – Tsunami Programme.

 


Mr. Lakshman Abeysekera

Senior Director – Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

A Chartered Accountant with over 26 years of experience in fields of Accounting, Finance and Management. He has experience in the fields of International Trade, Shipping, Pharmaceutical in Local, Public Quoted Companies and Multinational Companies. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Fellow Member of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka and holds a MBA from the Institute of Postgraduate Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Current appointments

Non-Executive Director of People’s Insurance PLC, Member of the Governing Council of AAT Sri Lanka, Director of Janrich Foods Ltd. and NovEx Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Previous appointments

Chief Financial Officer at Emerchemie NB (Ceylon) Limited, Accountant at Hoechst (Ceylon) Limited and Senior Accountant at Lankem Ceylon PLC.

 


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Professor Sampath Amaratunge

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

He counts over 27 years of service as a leading academic at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He has published more than 75 Articles in international and national refereed journals and proceedings. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and M.A. in Economics from the University of Colombo. He also holds a MSc. in Economics of Rural Development from the Saga National University and a Ph.D. from Kogoshima National University in Japan. Prof. Amaratunge was also a recipient of the prestigious Research Excellence Award in 2002, awarded by Kyushu Society of Rural Economics, Japan, which is in addition to several other local and international awards. He is considered as an expert in the field of Economics with special reference to Rural Development.

Current appointments

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.

Previous appointments

Member of University Grants Commission and Chairman of the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA).

 


Mr. Prabhash Subasinghe

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

A leading entrepreneur and an established leadership record in diverse industries including rubber, seafood, insurance and banking. He holds a BSc. in Applied Economics and Business Management from Ivy League Cornell University with further studies in Harvard, INSEAD and the Center of Creative Leadership Colorado USA.

Current appointments

Managing Director of Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd which sells its products in over 50 countries, Managing Director of Global Seafoods (Pvt) Ltd – a supplier of high quality sea food, Chairman of Sri Lanka Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Rubber Products, Board Member of Sri Lanka Society of Rubber Industry and a key advisor for the National Export Strategy.

Previous appointments

President of the seafood Exporters Association.

 


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Mr. S. Lionel Thilakarathne

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

He has extensive experience in Project Management and Participatory Project Planning and Implementation in rural areas. He has been actively engaged in implementing many community development programmes in Agriculture and Fisheries. He is also an experienced trainer, having development a training curriculum for TOT training on establishing Community Governance and has conducted numerous training programmes. He has published 3 books on Participatory Governance. Mr. Lionel Thilakarathne holds a Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Current appointments

Chairman of Nikaweratiya Sanasa Union Ltd, Executive Director of Rural Centre for Development, Treasurer of Green Movement of Sri Lanka and Director of Governance Forums of Sri Lanka.

 


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Mr. Arnoldus de Vette

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

He holds over 25 years’ experience in Banking and Finance including international experience in responsible financing, with expertise in training and knowledge transfer. Mr. Arnoldus de Vette holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Eramus University Rotterdam. He holds two Doctorates from Eramus University Rotterdam, Netherlands and has followed courses including all NIBE Dutch Banking Courses, Asset Liability Management, Compliance and Corporate Governance among others. At FMO, his responsibilities include structuring debts and equity transactions in the South East Asian / Central Asian region and monitoring and guiding these transactions.

Current appointments

Executive Vice President SBI-FMO Financial Sector Fund in Singapore.

Previous appointments

Senior Investment Officer at Triodos Investment Management, Trainer and VP of ABN Amro Bank Academy.

 


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Mr. K. G. Wijerathne

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

He has wide range of experience in working with grass root level communities particularly working with the Sanasa Movement. He is an Attorney-at- Law with over 20 years’ experience. He possesses L.L.B. Degree and Higher National Diploma in Management from Open University of Sri Lanka. He followed Diploma Course in Co-operative Management at International Co-operative Institute – Moscow (1990/1991), Insurance Management and Administration Course at CUNA – USA (1993) and Credit Unions Leadership Training Course at ACCU – Thailand (1984).

Current appointments

He is an Executive Director of the SANASA Federation, the apex organization of SANASA movement in Sri Lanka and the Chairman of Pahalawewa – Sanasa Society and Director of Matale District Union and Matale District Co-operative Council.

Previous appointments

Director of Sanasa Insurance Company Limited and General Manager at Sanasa DTCCS.

 


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Mr. Chaaminda Kumarasiri

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

Good Governance Advocate, Thought Leader, Corporate Trainer, Leadership Coach and a Management Consultant with many years of experience, holding senior leadership positions in leading local as well as multinational organizations. He is also a regular writer on Financial Literacy, Strategic Management and Leadership for print media and a sought after resource person for organizational transformation projects and capacity building initiatives. He counts over 20 years of lecturing and corporate training experience especially on Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Organizational Transformation, Change Management, and Financial Intelligence for Business Managers and Emotional Wellbeing through Mindfulness. He is a Fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL), The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – UK, The Association of Accounting Technician of Sri Lanka (AAT) and an Associate member of The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA). He holds a B.Sc. Accountancy (Special) degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura with a First Class and has completed his MBA in Finance at the University of Colombo. He also serves as a member of the governing council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka; the national body of accountants.

Current appointments

Chairman/Principal Consultant of H C P Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd. and the Founder/CEO of The Human Capital Partner.

Previous appointments

Financial Controller at Bank of Ceylon, Chief Financial Officer at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, Assistant Vice President at HSBC Securities Services and Senior Manager – Assurance and Advisory Business Services at Ernst & Young including a secondment to the Financial Services Area office of Ernst & Young LLP, New York.

 


Mr. Hiran Prasanna Premaratna

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

He Posses over 30 years of Private Sector and Public Sector experience as an Agriculturist and as a Development Banker specially involved in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector development. As a Development Banker, he was mainly involved in developing the SME sector and assisting many start up projects. Since February 2015 until April 2018, he held the position of Chairman, Regional Development Bank. He holds a Masters Degree in Agriculture from the USSR, Post Graduate Diploma in Bank Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and Post Graduate Executive Diploma in International Relations from the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) Colombo. He has participated in many local and overseas programmes in Development Banking and agriculture related banking programmes in Europe, South East Asia and in Japan. He is a Member of the Association Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APB).

Current appointments

Board Member of the South Asia Partnership of Sri Lanka. (SAPSRI).

Previous appointments

Chairman, Regional Development Bank. Vice President of DFCC Bank and the Chief Executive officer of DFCC Consulting Private limited a fully owned subsidiary of DFCC Bank. Pioneer Member of the Management Team of Pelawatte Sugar Industries before moving into the Banking Sector.

 


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Mr. Abhayawickrama Bandara

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and Experience

Mr.Abhayawickrama Bandara counts more than 30 years’ experience in Co-operative Sector.

He holds Diploma in Banking & Finance from SANASA Campus Ltd, Diploma in Business Management from National Institute of Co – operative Development (Polgolla), Professional Diploma in Co-operative Management from Academy of Wayamba Co-operative Rural Bank, Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from Technical College Kurunegala and Certificate in Banking & Finance from IBSL.

Current appointments

Director of Polgahawela Sanasa Share Holders Trust Company Ltd and SANASA Printers & Publishers Ltd and General Manager of Polgahawela Sanasa Societies Union Ltd.

Previous appointments

Director of SANASA Development Bank PLC (2015 – 2017), Director – SANASA Producer and Consumer Alliance Limited, Chairman of Panaliya Sanasa Society.