Board Members

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. 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. 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. 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. Rajive Dissanayake

Mr Rajive Dissanayake counts for two decades of experience covering banking sector and capital markets. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC providing leadership to Finance, Strategic Planning and Treasury Back Office functions of the Bank.

Mr Dissanayake is a CFA Charter holder, a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He also holds a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.

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. 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. 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.