Mr. Chandula Abeywickrema 

Chairman
Non-Executive Independent Director

 

Mr. Abeywickrema was appointed as a Non-Executive, Independent Director with effect from June 26, 2019 and is the Chairman of PMF Finance PLC. He is the Co-Founder of ‘Ath Pavura’ the first ever TV reality show for Social Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors in Sri Lanka, telecasted on the largest national TV network and also the Founder and Chairman of Lanka Impact Investing Network (Private) Ltd (LIIN) , Sri Lanka’s very first impact investing firm focused on channeling private equity funds with the purpose of investing and providing business development support to nurture a well-developed eco system of social entrepreneurs across the country.

An accomplished and respected senior commercial banker with lead expertise and experience in retail and development banking, Mr. Abeywickrema has a proven track record of over 30 years and is recognized in Asia as an expert in Financial Inclusion. As Deputy General Manager – Retail & Development Banking, he spearheaded the retail and development banking strategy which provided management and strategic direction in steering HNB’s SME and Microfinance portfolios to greater heights. During his tenure, HNB was named the best retail bank in Sri Lanka by Asia Money for 7 consecutive years, until his retirement in 2013 after serving the bank for 25 years. Subsequently he served as the Managing Director /CEO of CCC Solutions, the project management arm of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2015 and as the Consultant- Strategy and Marketing for National Savings Bank (NSB) from 2016 to 2017.

Mr. Abeywickrema has participated in numerous international symposiums as an expert in the area of financial inclusion and is the current Chairman of the Banking with The Poor Network (BWTP), Asia’s Largest Micro Finance Network. He was also appointed recently by the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) as an Advisor on Financial Inclusion to ABA and has served on a number of Boards of Financial Institutions, both local and international. He is the Chairman of CSR Sri Lanka the national apex body for Corporate Social Responsibility, representing the largest number of private sector companies, Chairman of Lanka Financial Services for Undeserved Settlements, a public and private sector collaborated credit guarantee fund to support low income housing finance, and serves as a member of the Board Directors of World Vision Lanka.

Mr. Travis Waas

Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

 

Mr. Waas who was involved in the restructuring of People’s Merchant Finance PLC was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 22nd June 2020. He counts more than 3 decades of experience in the financial services sector having commenced his career at Lanka Orient Leasing Company Ltd in 1987.

An alumnus of the University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of North Texas, USA, he has pioneered the setting up of the leasing operations at Hatton National Bank, Vanik Inc. Ltd and Assetline Leasing Co. Ltd, where he served in the capacity of Senior Manager Leasing, Senior Vice President and Managing Director respectively.

He was a past Director of the Leasing Association of Sri Lanka and has served as an Executive Director of the financial services cluster of the David Pieris Group. He has also served as Director/CEO of Orient Financial Services Corporation Ltd and as a Non-Executive Director of Capital Alliance Finance Ltd., People’s Merchant Bank and LB Finance Ltd., and many other companies in diverse sectors.

Mr. Rangana Madusanka 

Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

 

Mr. K. R. P. Madusanka was appointed as a Non-Executive, Non Independent Director with effect from June 26, 2019. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Automobiles Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Having started his career at Ernst & Young as an Audit trainee he progressed over 08 years in the Audit & Assurance sector by becoming a Senior Manager of BDO Partners having gained valuable experience in Business Valuations, Due Diligence, Forensic Audits, Internal Audits, Project Proposal Formulation, Business Process Outsourcing and Financial Advisory Services. His expertise is widespread covering a range of industries from banking & finance, insurance, micro finance, plantations, manufacturing, general trading, apparel, not for profit organizations and service oriented organizations to name a few.

He has a proven track record of over 10 years in the corporate world having held leadership positions in both leading local and overseas entities at senior and strategic level. He was Group Accountant and Senior Accountant at Durdans Hospital and Asiri Surgical Hospital respectively. Further, he strengthened his senior management skills by joining Arabian Sugar Company B.S.C. in Bahrain, the only sugar refinery situated in the Kingdom of Bahrain and one of the biggest sugar suppliers to the Gulf region as the Group Finance Manager.

Mr. Madusanka is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University of UK. He is also an Associate member of the Institute of Professional Finance Managers of UK and an Associate member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka.

Mrs. Krystle Reid Wijesuriya 

Non-Executive Independent Director

 

Ms. Wijesuriya is currently the Head of Strategic Planning at We Are Team Rocket, a specialised B2B growth marketing agency. She has experience working with multiple cross-functional teams related to strategic planning, process improvement, risk management, business development, and project management. Ms. Wijesuriya is also a diversity and inclusion specialist; she is one of the Co-Founders of Enable Lanka Foundation, which works to dignify and reframe the value of young persons with disabilities in society. The Foundation is the Sri Lankan partner for the APAC Microsoft Enabler program in Sri Lanka, which provides online training in data engineering and programming, cloud computing, and application development to young persons with disabilities.

She is also the Community Champion for India South and Sri Lanka, for the Global Shapers Community, an initiative by the World Economic Forum. In 2019, she was selected as one of the 50 Young Global Shapers to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. She is a Fellow of ChangemakerXchange, which is a global collaboration platform for young social innovators. Ms. Wijesuriya was also named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year in 2017.

Dr. Nirmal De Silva 

Non-Executive Independent Director

 

Dr. De Silva is a multi-award-winning Strategy Consultant, SME Evangelist, Impact Investor and Associate Professor in Business Management with two decades of ‘C Level’ experience across the world, where he has provided leadership to several Multinational and Fortune 500 companies.

He serves on the board of several companies in the state and private sector in diverse industries such as financial services, agriculture, food and beverage, technology, handicrafts, education, learning and development, facilities management, portfolio investment, professional services, digital entertainment, consumer goods and lifestyle services.

He is also a Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in Sri Lanka and is an important influencer in shaping up the start-up and social enterprise eco-system in the country. As an Academic, Dr. De Silva focuses on areas such as curriculum enhancement, soft skills development, entrepreneurship and holistic learning. Dr. De Silva serves as a mentor for Faster Capital in the UAE, Mentor Capital Network (MCN) in the USA, Hatch in Sri Lanka and a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.