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Mr. Amarasuriya counts 35 years of experience in the banking industry both in Sri Lanka and abroad. He has held senior corporate level positions at the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Sampath Bank prior to assuming duties as the General Manager and subsequently as the Managing Director of Sampath Bank. He served as a Director in the subsidiaries of Sampath Bank Ltd, namely, S C Securities (Pvt) Ltd., Sampath Surakum Ltd, Sampath Leasing & Factoring Ltd, Sampath Trade Services (HK) Ltd, Sampath IT Solutions Ltd and the associate Company LankaBangla Finance Ltd. He served as the Director / CEO of Union Bank before his retirement in November 2014. >He has served as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Banks’ Association and Financial Ombudsman Sri Lanka (G’tee) Ltd, was a member of the Sri Lanka Accounting & Auditing Standards Monitoring Board and of the Financial Sector Cluster and a member of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Business Management and the Chairman of the Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd. Mr. Amarasuriya is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Management Accountants Sri Lanka and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka
Mr. Russel Fonseka, Senior Deputy General Manager/Chief Financial Officer Bank of Ceylon appointed as a Director on the Board of LankaClear (Private) Limited with effect from 12th May 2020.
He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Deputy General Manager (Corporate & Offshore Banking) of Bank of Ceylon and has been representing the Corporate Management of the Bank since 2012. He counts more than 30 years of experience in both international and local arenas whilst acquiring wide experience in all aspects of commercial banking including treasury activities, international operations, retail banking and specialized in financial management and strategic planning of the Bank of Ceylon.
Mr Fonseka serves as a Director on the Boards of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC, Property Development PLC and Transnational Lanka Records Solutions (Private) Limited. He also served as an Alternate Director on the Board of LankaClear (Private) Limited. Mr Fonseka acts as the Chairman to the Audit Committees of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC, Property Development PLC and LankaClear (Private) Limited as well. Mr Fonseka was appointed to the Council of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka with effect from 05th February 2020 and serves as the President of the Governing Council since then.
Mr Fonseka graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka with a Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree in Business Administration and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka and a Master Degree of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Mr Fonseka is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Senior Fellow Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and a Member of the Alumni of the Harvard Business School of USA as well.
Dimantha Seneviratne is currently the Director/CEO - National Development Bank PLC. Prior to that he was the CEO/Director at Pan Asia Bank and was instrumental in transforming PABC into a high performing mid-sized player in the industry. Prior to joining PABC, Dimantha spent 15 years with the HSBC Group where he held key senior management positions including several senior overseas postings covering Thailand, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. His last posting with HSBC Group was as the Chief Risk Officer, Thailand from 2011-2013.Prior to that he was the Chief Risk Officer Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2008-2011. He was also the Chief Risk Officer of HSBC Bangladesh in 2010. At HSBC he was responsible for credit growth, strategy and governance in those respective geographies as a member of the country leadership team. He has gained extensive exposure in corporate banking, retail banking and wealth management, credit risk management, operations and market risk, internal control, investment banking and finance.Dimantha began his banking career with Sampath Bank and had served in Overseas Trust Bank, Colombo Branch and Saudi British Bank prior to joining HSBC.He holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenepura and BSc from the same university. He is a Fellow Member (FIB) of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and a Post Graduate Diploma Holder in computer system design from the NIBM. He successfully completed the High Potential Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA in 2016.A past President of the Association of Professional Bankers (APB) Sri Lanka, Dimantha has held various positions in the Executive Council of APB for over a decade including the posts of Secretary General (2008-2009) and Senior Vice President (2009-2010). He currently functions as a Director of Lanka Clear Ltd. and Credit Information Bureau - Sri Lanka
Mr Priyantha Talwatte is the Chief Executive Officer of Nations Bank Plc. He has been an integral part of the bank’s corporate management team for the past 18 years. He has extensive general management experience with over 27 years of senior management experience in diverse sectors, lead professional teams to deliver exceptional results in Sri Lanka and overseas.He was part of the senior leadership team who transformed Nations Trust Bank from a small size lender to a medium size lender in Sri Lanka over the last 20 years. He established the banks American Express franchise in 2003 to become Sri Lankas largest credit card lender today. He has provided leadership in pioneering Nations Trust Bank as a premier provider of digital banking services to many customer segments.Prior to being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer he was leading the banks consumer banking business, which included the branch network, liability franchise, consumer finance business, payment cards business, and direct banking channel. He was instrumental in establishing the bank’s sales and service propositions, consumer credit and behavior scoring capabilities, and establishing the analytics unit of the Bank.He has contributed as a leadership development resource person, coach and mentor to many Sri Lankan professionals in Sri Lanka and abroad.Prior to joining the banking industry, he has worked in the telecommunications industry in Sri Lanka and abroad.Priyantha Talwatte is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Boston USA, Advanced Management Program (AMP-196) and is a qualified Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).He is an avid protector of the natural environment, and a professional wildlife photographer proving a voice for Sri Lanka’s fauna and flora.
Mr. Jayalath is the Assistant Governor In charge of international operations, domestic operations, payments and settlement and information technology. Prior to this, Mr. Jayalath held the positions of Assistant Governor in charge of regulation and supervision of banks and non-bank financial institutions, Head/Superintendent of the Employees Provident Fund, Director of Domestic Operations Department, responsible for implementation of monetary policy covering open market operations and banking services; Additional Head of the International Operations Department, responsible for managing the foreign exchange reserves of the Bank, Chief Dealer, Head of Risk Management; Bank Examiner; Economist and Internal Auditor, since joining the Bank in 1990. He holds graduate degrees in Economics (MA Econ) from the University of Kansas USA and in Business Management (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka. He is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.
Mr. de Silva brings well seasoned skill and expertise in banking, finance and commerce to his role at SLBA through which he comes to the Board of LankaClear as an observer. His wide ranging knowledge and particular experience in the areas of Credit and Risk has been gained in a career of over 45 years in which he has held progressively senior positions in banking and financial services as well as in general management of diversified private sector commercial entities both in Sri Lanka and internationally.Beginning in Sri Lanka as a Management Trainee at Commercial Bank and progressing through credit and branch managerial roles, Mr. de Silva moved to the private sector at board level with the Lewis Browns Holding Company Group. He left Sri Lanka in 1988 and has had varied international experience with the HSBC Group where he stayed until his retirement at the end of 2012.At HSBC, Mr. de Silva has headed the Credit and Risk functions in HSBC subsidiaries and new acquisitions. He is familiar with the challenges of managing risk and implementing change; viewed from the Chief Credit Officer’s seat in HSBC Bermuda, managing the bank’s exposure to the insurance / reinsurance industry,hedge funds, banks, sovereigns and MNCs during the ‘financial crisis’. He also had a quite different experience from the Chief Risk Officer’s seat in HSBC / Dar Es Salaam Investment Bank in Baghdad. In both these jurisdictions he was in the midst of managing the significant challenges arising from major system implementations /conversions, in the ‘new’ HSBC acquisitions.After retirement from the HSBC Group at end of 2012 he lived in the UK undertaking adhoc consultancy assignments until his return to Sri Lanka in August 2016. He assumed the current role as Secretary General at SLBA on 1 August 2017.Mr. de Silva holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sri Lanka, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers UK and has been admitted as an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Bingumal Thewarathanthri was appointed Chief Executive Officer / Head of Global Banking of Standard Chartered Bank, Sri Lanka in January 2019. He is directly responsible for the Corporate and Institutional, Commercial Banking and Retail Banking Businesses of the franchise along with setting the country’s long-term strategy. Mr.Thewarathanthri counts for more than 20 years of experience within the Banking and Finance industry. He joined Standard Chartered in 2004. Over the past 14 years, he has held several leadership positions in Sri Lanka and Africa, including the role of Head, Transaction Banking, Mauritius, where he was responsible for setting up the Transaction Banking business for the franchise. He was further responsible for setting up the Financial Institutions booking centre for Africa and managed investments going into Sub Saharan Africa via Mauritius Securities Services hub. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr.Thewarathanthri headed the Retail Banking business in Sri Lanka and has been a key member of the Country Management Team. Mr.Thewarathanthri holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Wales and completed his high school education at Thurstan College Colombo 7.
Mr. Vasantha Alwis is the Director of the Information Technology Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Mr. Alwis has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and a B. SC , Special Degree in Computer Science from the University of Colombo Sri Lanka. Mr. Alwis started his career at the Central Bank in 1997 and he has served in the Sri Lanka Automated Clearing House since 2000 before he was posted to the Information Technology Department of the Central Bank. He has been specialized in the Financial Market Infrastructures and has played a key role in implementing the Real Time Gross Settlements System(RTGS) and the Scripless Securities Settlement System by the Central Bank in 2003 – 2004. He is a member of the National Payment Council too. Mr. Alwis has an excellent track record in the Central Bank by delivering key IT Projects.He has assisted to many Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committees by working as a member in the relevant Technical Evaluation Committees
Ranjith Kodituwakku is serving as the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank with effect from 19th June 2020. Commencing a career in 1982 in the Bank, he has specialized in a wide spectrum of areas covering Branch Banking, Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Off-shore Banking, International Banking, Project Financing, Recoveries, Digitalization, etc. with extensive local and international training/exposure gained through working in different capacities at different geographical locations. He is a key figure in driving the bank towards digitalization on mapping business requirements to a digital platform by adopting best practices in the industry and re-engineering business processes for which the bank was awarded many prestigious awards/recognitions both internationally and locally. Additionally, he has played a key role in the efforts carried out by People’s Bank to re-open bank’s branches in the Northern Province with the aim of rebuilding the lives of people and strengthening the economy of the region soon after the end of humanitarian operation in 2009.He also serves as a Director of People’s Insurance PLC, Lanka Alliance Finance Ltd Bangladesh, Regional Development Bank Sri Lanka, Board of Financial Ombudsman Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd, Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka and as an Alternate Director of the Lanka Financial Services Bureau.Ranjith Kodituwakku holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specialized in Finance from the University of Colombo, Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of New Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka