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The Board of Directors

Dr Ranee Jayamaha
B.A. (Hons)
(University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), MSc. (University of Stirling, U.K.),
Ph.D (University of Bradford, U.K.),
DUniv (University of Stirling, U.K.)
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director and the Chairperson on 31st March 2011. She is the Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd. Dr Jayamaha had been the Deputy Governor in charge of Financial System Stability of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 2004 up to her retirement at end of May 2009. She has over 40 years of extensive experience in the fields of economics, banking, finance, regulation and administration, having held a number of positions in the Central Bank and outside. She is currently an Advisor to His Excellency the President.

On release from the Central Bank, she has served as Secretary - Presidential Commission on Finance & Banking, Advisor - Financial Sector Reform Committee, Ministry of Finance and Special Advisor (Economic) - Common Wealth Secretariat, London, U.K.

She has been a Member of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka, the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka, the Chairperson of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka and the National Payments Council. Dr Jayamaha has been a Member of the Working Group on General Payment System Development of the Bank for International Settlements, Member of the Global Payments Forum, Member of the Advisory Panel of the G-8 Remittances Working Group and Member of the Expert Panel of the Safeguard Assessment Policy Review 2010 of the IMF. She had been providing advisory services to a number of International financial institutions and Central Banks in the Region.

In 2012, the University of Stirling bestowed Dr Jayamaha with the Degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) in recognition of her distinguished career as one of the University’s first Master’s Graduates in Economics and as a person of great distinction in the fields of learning the arts and public affairs.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Mr Jonathan Alles
M.B.A. Finance (Stirling),
A.I.B. Sri Lanka
(Executive Director)

He was appointed an Executive Director on 1st May 2013 and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer on 1st July 2013.

Mr Alles holds a MBA from the University of Stirling, U.K. and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka. He counts 25 years of banking experience having served International Banks and HSBC, Sri Lanka and also at Hatton National Bank during the period September 2002 to June 2005. Having returned to Sri Lanka from the UAE in September 2010, Mr Alles re-joined Hatton National Bank in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer.

He also serves as a Director of HNB Assurance PLC, Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd.

Ms M A R C Cooray
B.A. (Hons) (University
of Ceylon, Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka)
M.Sc (Strathclyde University, U.K.)
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in February 2010 and designated as the Senior Director with effect from 17th May 2013. She is a retired Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka where she served for over 35 years. She is a Director of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC and Ceylon Investment PLC.

On release from the Central Bank, she had served the Ministry of Finance in the capacity of Director General Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs Department for nearly 6 years, represented the Government on the Boards of DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka Telecom, Ceylon Electricity Board, De La Rue Currency and Security Print (Pvt) Ltd, Export Development Board, National Housing and Development Authority and represented the Monetary Board on West Coast Power (Pvt) Ltd.

She has functioned as the Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka for 5 years and has served on a number of Committees at national level covering a variety of subjects representing the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank. She has also represented the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance at various international meetings/seminars.

Mrs Cooray has been involved extensively in policy making and implementing projects and programmes especially in the area of regional development and microfinance. She has wide experience in negotiating loans with multilateral and other donors as well as bilateral trade agreements on behalf of the Government. Her articles/papers have been published in professional journals.

Dr Willie W Gamage
B.Sc (University College
of London, U.K.), M.Sc (University of Colombo),
PhD (Rajarata University)
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director on 31st March 2011. Dr Willie W. Gamage currently serves as the Secretary to the Ministry of Botanical Gardens & Public Recreation, while serving as the Chairman/CEO of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA).

He has over 30 years of wide experience in the public, private and non-governmental organisations, having served several such organisations in different capacities. He has extensive experience in formulating and implementing several projects on poverty alleviation, local economic development, promoting alternative energy generation and enhancing capacities in public enterprises.

Dr Gamage has also contributed immensely to the local and regional development initiatives in the areas of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Small Scale Fisheries Development, Community Development, Municipal Solid Waste Management, Rural Enterprise Development and Rural Housing Development.

Dr L R Karunaratne
B.E (India), T.Eng (CEI), MIE (Lon), MBA (U.K.), Ph.D (U.K.), FIIM (HK), FCIOB
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in October 2011. Dr Rohan Karunaratne, a Consultant Engineer, is the incumbent President of the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), engaged in developing the construction industry and construction builders in Sri Lanka. He is the Managing Director of A.K.K. Engineers (Pvt) Ltd, an Engineering Company specialized in building construction, civil engineering, water supply and waste water, construction of swimming pools and now in road construction, the Chairman of Associated Motor Finance Co Ltd and is also the Deputy Chairman of the International Institute of Management.

He has over 27 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Building Construction, Engineering Consultancy, Construction Training, lecturing in Civil Construction, Designing & Planning. He was the past Chairman of the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka and was the first Chairman of Human Resources Development (Pvt) Ltd and Advance Construction Training Academy.

Dr Karunaratne holds a PhD in Management and a MBA from the Sussex University (UK). He is an Engineering Graduate in Civil Engineering and an advanced Diploma holder in HIET (Chennai - India). He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Ceylon Institute of Builders.

Mr L U D Fernando
MBA (Sri J), FCMA (U.K.)
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in April 2012. Mr Fernando was the former Executive Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited and of The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC. He also had served in the Boards of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC, Pelwatte Sugar Industries PLC, Melstacorp Limited, Lanka Bell Limited, National Asset Management Limited, Continental Insurance Lanka Limited and in the Boards of several other Companies in the DCSL Group.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of United Kingdom. He has been awarded a Master's degree in Business Administration by the Postgraduate institute of Management of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Mr D T S H Mudalige
FCA (Sri Lanka),
FCPA (Australia)
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in April 2012. Mr Mudalige is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA – Sri Lanka) and is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Accounting Standards Committee. Mr Mudalige has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting practice and in industry. He was a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and chaired its audit committee. He is a Board Member of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board (SLAASMB) and is a Member of the Financial Systems Stability Consultative Committee (FSSCC) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Mr Mudalige is the President of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), the largest regional body of accountants. The confederation includes the professional accountancy bodies of Asian and Pacific nations.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA-SL), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK), Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA -UK) and Fellow of the Certified Public Accountants (CPA- Australia).

Miss D S C Jayawardena
B.A. Monash University, Australia,
Certified Auditor (DNV-Norway),
CIM – London,
Chartered Marketer
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in April 2012. Miss D S C Jayawardena is a Director of Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) Plc., Lanka Dairies (Pvt) Ltd, Ambewela Livestock Company Ltd, Pattipola Livestock Company Ltd, Ambewela Products (Pvt) Ltd and Indo Lanka Exports (Pvt) Ltd, since 2009. She has worked as an Intern for the Clinton Foundation in 2008.

Miss Jayawardena holds a B.A. (Commercial Law, Criminology, Sociology) from the Monash University, Australia, Professional Certificate in Marketing (CIM), Diploma in Marketing (CIM) and a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM). She is also a Certified Auditor (DNV-Norway), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) (MCIM) and a Chartered Marketer.

Mr R S Captain
University of Miami, Florida
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director in April 2012. Mr R S Captain is the Managing Director of Austin Gloves (Ceylon) Ltd, CEI Plastics Ltd, Propertex Development Ltd, Paints & General Industries Ltd, Paints & General Industries (Exports) Ltd, Polypak Secco Ltd and Ranweli Ltd. He is also a Director of Agriland Ltd, CIC Holdings PLC, Forest Creek Park Ltd, Body Bar Ltd, H. Senid Software Ltd, Horahena Investments Ltd, Palmland Ltd, Parkland Ltd, Polytex Garments Ltd and Randiya Farms Ltd.

Mr Captain has had his Primary education at the Royal College and Secondary education (O/L & A/L) at Millfield, U.K. and the University of Miami, Florida.

Mr Amal Cabraal
MBA (University of Colombo), FCIM (UK), Chartered Marketer
(Non-Executive Director)

Appointed Director with effect from April 1st 2014. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Sri Lanka. He has over 3 decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales and apart from Sri Lanka, he has served with Unilever in the United Kingdom, India and Bangladesh. He is an alumnus of INSEAD-France and holds a MBA from the University of Colombo, a Chartered Marketer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing - UK. He serves on the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and is a member of the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society. He is an external independent Director of John Keells Holdings PLC, Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, and also serves on the Supervisory Board of Associated Motorways Ltd.

Company Secretary
Mrs K A L Thushari Ranaweera
Attorney at Law, Master's Degree in Law (LLM) - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Diploma in International Affairs - Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka.

Appointed Company Secretary on 2nd January 2012. She is also the Assistant General Manager - Legal of the Bank. Mrs Ranaweera joined the Bank on 7th October 2010 and counts over 23 years of experience in the field of Banking. She holds a Master’s of Law Degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

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