Board Members

Mr. Jonathan Alles

Mr Jonathan Alles is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC who has held the position since July 2013.  He counts over 30 years of banking experience having served international banks and HSBC, Sri Lanka and also Hatton National Bank during the period September 2002 – 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.

Mr. Alles holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Stirling, UK and is a Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.  He is also a Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors and serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Business & Biodiversity Platform.

Mr. Mohandas A Wijetunge

Mr. Wijetunge is a Marine Engineer by profession and an entrepreneur. He is the inventor of highly specialized anti-ballistic composite material for body armour and de-mining vehicle armour.

Mr. Wijetunge is the Chairman of Dinima High Performance Materials (Private) Limited and he serves as a Director on the Boards of Harsha International (Private) Limited and Sawam Holdings (Pte) Ltd.

Mr. Ray Abeywardena

Mr. Ray Abeywardena is the Managing Director/Group CEO of Acuity Partners (Private) Limited. He has been associated with Sri Lanka’s capital markets for over 30 years, primarily as a Stockbroker and since 2009 as an Investment Banker. Prior to being appointed as Group CEO/MD of Acuity Partners (Private) Limited, Mr. Abeywardena served as the CEO/MD of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd from 2001 to end 2008. From 1998-2000, he functioned as the Managing Director of Forbes ABN Amro Securities.

Mr. Abeywardena is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, (UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

Mr. Ravi Dassanayake

Mr. Dassanayake is the Vice President – Strategic Planning and Subsidiaries of DFCC Bank PLC. He counts over 20 years of experience in banking having served DFCC Bank and Lankaputhra Development Bank.

Mr. Dassanayake holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and BSc Accountancy (Special) also from the same University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA) and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).

Mr. Nihal Kekulawala

Mr. Nihal Kekulawala is a director of Pan Asia Bank PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, AMW Capital Leasing and Finance PLC, Lanka Ventures PLC and Continental Insurance Lanka Limited. He was responsible for setting up Pan Oceanic Bank in Solomon Island and functioned as its CEO/director between June 2014 and June 2016. Prior to that he held senior management positions at Hatton National Bank PLC over a period of 20 years and at the time of retirement in December 2012 held the position of Senior Deputy General Manager – Strategy and Compliance.

Mr. Kekulawala is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, England. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Manchester, England.

Mr. Lakshman Silva

Mr. Silva is the Chief Executive Officer / Director of DFCC Bank PLC.

Mr. Silva started his professional career with the Department of Inland Revenue of Sri Lanka and joined the DFCC Banking Group in 1987. He was seconded to the services of DFCC Vardhana Bank in 2003 and functioned as the Chief Operating Officer of DFCC Vardhana Bank from the year 2003 until his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2010.

Mr. Silva holds a B.Com (Special) Degree from the University of Kelaniya and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr. Ananda Munasinghe

Mr. Munasinghe has had over three decades of experience in the manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka. He was the former Director/General Manager of Acme Printing and Packaging Limited. He has also functioned as Works Manager at State Fertilizer Manufacturing Corporation and the Senior Instrument Engineer at Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s Refinery. He has held the position of President, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association and the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging in the past. At present he serves as a director of Lanka Ventures PLC.

Mr. Munasinghe is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He also holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Production Engineering and Engineering Design from Colchester College of Technology, England and Enfield College of Technology, England respectively.

Mr. Damith Pallewatte

Mr. Damith Pallewatte is the Deputy General Manager – Wholesale Banking of Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB), who counts 25 years of experience in the banking sector and held many senior positions with 03 leading local banks. Prior to joining HNB he served as the Chief Risk Officer of Nations Trust Bank PLC.

Mr Pallewatte is a Director of Acuity Partners (Private) Limited and Acuity Securities (Private) Limited. He is an alternate Director for Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka. He was a past president of Association of Banking Sector Risk Professionals and had been appointed as a Banking Industry Representative by Sri Lanka Bankers Association to the Committee established on the proposed Financial Assets Management Agency.

Mr Pallewatte holds a MBA from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and earned his B.Sc. Management (Hons) degree from University of London, London School of Economics.  Mr Pallewatte has been  admitted  as  a  Certified  Financial  Risk  Manager by  Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is also an ACI Operations Certificate Holder from Financial Markets Association, France, Associate Member of  Chartered  Institute  of Management Accountants, UK and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Mr. Chandana Dharmawardana

Mr. Chandana Dharmawardana functions as consultant to Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Limited since January 2014. Prior to that he was attached to DFCC Bank PLC for a period of 27 years from 1986 to 2013 and at the time of retirement held the position of Vice President, Corporate Banking. Between the period 1980-1986 he was employed at Sri Lanka Ports Authority as a Mechanical Engineer.

Mr. Dharmawardana is a BSc Eng of the University of Moratuwa. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka and a Chartered Engineer. He is also an Associate in Development Banking of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr. Mahal Wijetunge

Mr. Mahal Wijetunge is a director of Harsha International (Private) Limited, PR Communications Fantasy Events (Private) Limited and Sawam Holdings Pte Ltd.

He has a Diploma in Law from University College London and LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Hertfordshire.