fbpx

About Us

Board of Directors

Mr. A.D.E.I Perera

Chairman (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Perera is a senior member (Honorary Fellow) and graduate of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, with over 45 years of experience in Management. He has undergone Management training in the UK, Sweden, South Korea, India, Philippines and Singapore. He retired from active executive positions in 2005.

Since 1997 he was a member on the Board of Study of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, until he stepped down in January 2021. He is also on the Advisory Boards of Aquinas University College and the Benedict XVI Catholic Institute of Higher Education. Mr. Perera continues to be actively engaged in Management education and consultancy.

Other principal appointments
Director: First Capital Holdings PLC and subsidiaries, Janashakthi Ltd, Sting Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and Brand Finance Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Prakash Schaffter

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Prakash Schaffter is the Deputy Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of Janashakthi Limited, the parent company of First Capital Holdings PLC. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and has over three decades of managerial and financial experience in both Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

Over the course of his tenure of leadership as the Executive Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance PLC., he has led Janashakthi through a growth phase that saw Janashakthi become the third largest Non-Life Insurer. He was instrumental in acquiring the Non-Life segment of AIA Insurance Lanka in 2015 and also led the divestment project of Janashakthi’s Non-Life segment in 2018.

Mr. Schaffter is a former President of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka, and continues to impact the business sector through his membership on the council of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID). He served on the Boards of several listed and unlisted entities including the Bank of Ceylon and has been amongst the youngest Fellow Members of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has also served as President of the Young Presidents Organisation of Sri Lanka.

A former first-class cricketer, he represented both the University of Cambridge and London University during his cricketing career. He has also served as President and Secretary of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. He is a former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, having served on three separate occasions on Interim Committees appointed by the Government.

Other principal appointments
Chairman: Janashakthi Insurance PLC
Deputy Chairman: Janashakthi Ltd
Director: First Capital Holdings PLC, Orient Finance PLC.

Ms. Roshni Fernando

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Fernando holds BSc Hons in Management Science and Quantitative Methods, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Business, Columbia Business School. She also has certification in Customer Loyalty, Kellogg’s School of Management, North Western University, Business Process Design for Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management and Customer Experience Strategy and Design, RMIT University.

Ms. Roshni Fernando has over 25 years of experience in management, marketing, brand building and managing customer experience across many sectors.

She was responsible for growing the Land Rover brand to be the market leader for premium 4x4 vehicle segment from 2007- 2017. Her skills in brand building and managing customer experience is seen as the cornerstone of the success of Land Rover.

Prior to this, Ms. Fernando headed the sales and marketing for her family business Jinasena Ltd., where she served in many positions including the role of Deputy Chairman. At Jinasena’s she drove the commencement of the export of their products and was responsible for setting up branches internationally. She also serves as a Mentor at Hatchworks (Pvt) Ltd and as a consultant to Tea & Herb, Lanka Environment Foundation and the Co Founder of Innosolve Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., a startup focused on promoting sustainability.

Other principal appointments
Director: Innosolve Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Air Chief Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala

Independent Non-Executive Director

Air Chief Marshal Bulathsinghala is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Air University (Maxwell Air Force base) Alabama, USA, and the prestigious National Defence College (India) New Delhi. In addition, he possesses Postgraduate degrees, MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras India, and a Master of Science in Defence Studies in Management from General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and National Defence University, USA.

ACM Bulathsinghala is a professional pilot and held many Operational and command appointments in the Sri Lanka Air Force. He was appointed as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2015 and was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal in 2016.

He was the Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Recognized by the Air Command & Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, USA as an international alumnus who has achieved a high position of leadership and enrolled, in the hall of fame Honor Roll ACSC 1999 alumni. He also served as President, Interim committee National Cycling federation of Sri Lanka 2012-2014.

Mr. Arul Sivagananathan 

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Sivagananathan has a rare combination of being an Engineer and an Accountant. Former member of the Hayleys Group Management Committee. Senior Vice President of WNS, A NYSE listed BPO Company. He headed the operations for Finance and Accounting across India and Sri Lanka and managed over 2,000 accounting professionals. He is also a part time lecturer at the PIM (USJ).

Mr. Sivagananathan holds the MBA (Cranfield-UK), FCMA (UK), BEng (Hons) (London), AMIE (SL).

He was a former Managing Director of Hayleys Business Solutions and Hayleys Industrial Solutions and former Senior Vice President of WNS Global Services and Center Head WNS Chennai.

Prof. Chitra Weddikkara

Independent Non-Executive Director

Prof. Chitra Weddikkara has the unique distinction of being a Chartered Architect, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager, Adjudicator and counts well over 30 years of experience in the design and the construction industry both in Sri Lanka and overseas. She has a Class A registration from the Engineers and Engineering Offices Accrediting Committee of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar.

Her work experience includes several key academic roles in Sri Lanka and overseas in addition to her directorships and advisory positions for multiple committees in the Government of Sri Lanka. She is currently the Chairperson of Qserve group of companies that carries out consultancies in cost monitoring and management of buildings, contract administration, construction audits and project management.

Mr. Lalinda Kalubowila

CEO

Mr. Lalinda Kalubowila is a management professional with over 12 years of expertise in leadership and management within the context of strategic planning, operations, establishing new businesses, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. He commenced his career as an Environmental Engineer at the China Harbour Engineering Company in 2006 and joined the Walkers CML Group in 2008, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Walkers CML Properties and Vice President of MTD Walkers PLC.

Mr. Kalubowila holds a degree in BSc (Hons.) Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and a Master of Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Drop Us a Message

    Drop Us a Message