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The Corporate Leader of SANASA Group, Ms. Kiriwandeniya presently holds Directorships of SANASA Campus Ltd., Uththamavi Guarantee Limited, SANASA Travels (Pvt) Ltd. and SANASA International Company Limited.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Peradeniya and Master's Degree in Sociology from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and draws from extensive Senior Management experience in the fields of Participatory Development, Gender Issues Management, Micro Finance and Conflict Resolution.
Ms. Kiriwandeniya served in the capacity of Senior Manager and Deputy General Manager (International Relations SDB bank) and National Coordinator of the Post – Tsunami Programme.
Mr. Abeysekera draws from almost three decades of experience in the fields of Accounting, Finance and Management, and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka as well as a member of governing council of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, where he is also a Member of the Governing Council.
Highly proficient in international trade, shipping and pharmaceutical sectors across local, public quoted and multinational companies, he presently holds Non-Executive Directorship at People’s Insurance PLC, and Directorship at Janrich Foods Ltd. and NovEx Pharmaceuticals Limited.
Mr. Abeysekera holds an MBA from the Institute of Postgraduate Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and was the former Chief Financial Officer at Emerchemie NB (Ceylon) Limited, Senior Accountant at Lankem Ceylon PLC, and Accountant at Hoechst (Ceylon) Limited.
Prof. Sampath Amaratunge
The Vice - Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Prof. Amaratunge is an expert in the field of economics with special reference to rural development and draws from three decades of service as a leading academic in Sri Lanka.
Having published more than 75 Articles in international and national refereed journals and proceedings, Prof. Amaratunge holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, MA in Economics from the University of Colombo, and MSc. in Economics of Rural Development from the Saga National University and a PhD. 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 was a Member of the University Grants Commission and Chairman of the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA).
A visionary entrepreneur with an established leadership record in diverse industries including rubber, seafood, insurance and banking, Mr. Subasinghe is also the Managing Director of Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd and Global Seafoods (Pvt) Ltd, Chairman of the 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, Board Member of the Export Development Board.
He holds a BSc. in Applied Economics and Business Management from Ivy League Cornell University followed by Executive Level education at Harvard, INSEAD and the Center of Creative Leadership Colorado USA. Mr. Subasinghe was also the President of the Seafood Exporters Association Sri Lanka.
S. Lionel Thilakarathne
With extensive experience in Project Management and Participatory Project Planning and Implementation in rural areas, Mr.Thilakarathne has been actively engaged in implementing many community development programmes in Agriculture and Fisheries. He is also an experienced trainer, having developed a training curriculum and conducted TOT training on establishing Community Governance. He has published 3 books on Participatory Governance.
Mr.Thilakarathne holds a Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka, at present he is the 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.
Arnoldus de Vette
Mr. de Vette is Executive Vice President SBI-FMO Financial Sector Fund in Singapore, where he is responsible for structuring, monitoring and guiding debts and equity transactions in the South East Asian / Central Asian Region. He holds over 26 years’ experience in Banking and Finance including international experience in responsible financing with expertise in training and knowledge transfer.
With a Master's Degree in Economics and two Doctorates from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, Mr. de Vette went on to follow courses including all NIBE Dutch Banking courses, Asset Liability Management, Compliance and Corporate Governance among others. He was previously a Senior Investment Officer at Triodos Investment Management, and a Trainer and VP of ABN Amro Bank Academy.
K. G. Wijerathne
An Executive Director of the Sanasa Federation, the apex organization of Sanasa Movement in Sri Lanka, Mr. Wijerathne also provides leadership as Chairman of Pahalawewa – Sanasa Society and Director of Matale District Union and Matale District Co-operative Council. He draws from decades of experience in working at grassroots level with the Sanasa Movement.
Mr. Wijerathne is an Attorney-at- Law with over 20 years of experience and possesses a L.L.B. Degree and Higher National Diploma in Management from the Open University of Sri Lanka.
He followed a Diploma Course in Co-operative Management at the International Co-operative Institute in Moscow, Insurance Management and Administration Course at the Credit Union National Association, USA and the Credit Unions Leadership Training Course at the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Union in Thailand. Mr. Wijerathne is a former Director of the SANASA Insurance Company Limited and General Manager at Matale Sanasa DTCCS.
A good governance advocate, thought leader, corporate trainer, leadership coach and management consultant with many years of experience, Mr. Kumarasiri holds senior leadership positions in leading local as well as multinational organizations. He is the Founder/ CEO of The Human Capital Partner and the Chairman / Principal Consultant of HCP Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd. 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.
Mr. Kumarasiri counts over 20 years of lecturing and corporate training experience focused 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, and The Association of Accounting Technician of Sri Lanka (AAT), and also an Associate Member of The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA). He holds a BSc. 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.
Mr. Kumarasiri previously also held the positions of 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.
Hiran Prasanna Premaratna
Drawing from over 30 years of private and public sector experience as an Agriculturist and Development Banker, Mr. Premaratna was heavily invested in the development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) across Sri Lanka. As a Development Banker, he was mainly involved in assisting many start-up projects. Today, he holds the position of Board Member of the South Asia Partnership of Sri Lanka (SAPSRI).
Mr. Premaratna holds a Master's Degree in Agriculture from the USSR, a Post Graduate Diploma in Bank Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and a 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 Japan. He is a Member of the Association Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APB).
Mr. Premaratna was a Chairman of the Regional Development Bank of Sri Lanka, Vice President of DFCC Bank and the Chief Executive officer of DFCC Consulting Private limited. He was also a Pioneer Member of the Management Team of Pelawatte Sugar Industries before moving into the Banking Sector.
Anchored to a career spanning across three decades in the co-operative sector, Mr. Abhayawickrama Bandara presently holds Directorships of the Polgahawela SANASA Shareholders Trust Company Ltd and SANASA Printers & Publishers Ltd. He is also the General Manager of the Polgahawela Sanasa Societies Union Ltd.
Mr. Bandara holds a Diploma in Banking & Finance from SANASA Campus Ltd, a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Co-operative Development, a Professional Diploma in Co-operative Management from the Academy of Wayamba Co-operative Rural Bank, a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Technical College Kurunegala, and a Certificate in Banking & Finance from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
A former Director of SANASA Development Bank PLC, Mr. Bandara has also held the post of Director of the SANASA Producer and Consumer Alliance Limited, and was also Chairman of Panaliya Sanasa Society.