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Meet The SLID Governing Council 

MR. FAIZAL SALIEH – CHAIRMAN

A well-experienced Board Director and independent consultant in Banking and Finance, Corporate Governance, and Business Strategy. Council Member & Consultant at Gerson Lehrman Group, USA.

A First Class Honours University Graduate in Economics, specialized in Banking & Finance, MBA and FCPM. Has long and extensive experience in commercial and development banking both in Sri Lanka and overseas and has held top management positions in global and local banks such as Grindlays Bank, ANZ Bank, NDB and Amana Bank. Experienced Board director of several diverse companies in the business of banking, finance, insurance, fund management, stockbroking, manufacturing, trading and education. Has served on State University Boards, and several Government and Non-Governmental Committees in the fields of finance, economic affairs, housing development, construction and tertiary education; and on the Board of Directors of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, and Lanka Clear (Pvt) Limited.

Corporate Sector experience is over 40 years, including over 20 years at the Senior Management level; 14 years at MD/CEO level and over 30 years at Board level. Was the founder MD of Amana Bank, and later Senior Independent Director of Cargills Bank and HNB General Insurance. Has chaired/served on several Board Committees in the areas of Risk Management, Audit, Strategy, Nominations, HR & Remuneration.

He is an IFC certified Board Leadership Trainer and has extensive experience in teaching at State Universities at the postgraduate level.

Well known for the outstanding strategic and operational leadership role he has played in initiating, developing and furthering the practice of interest-free banking in Sri Lanka based on the principles of profit and loss sharing and establishing Amana Bank as the first interest-free licensed commercial bank in Sri Lanka in which he was the founding Managing Director and CEO.

MS. AROSHI NANAYAKKARA - SENIOR VICE CHAIRPERSON

Ms. Aroshi Nanayakkara is the CEO of the Global Consulting Company and a dynamic leader in the field of Strategic Planning, HR and Risk Management having gathered extensive experience through her 20 plus years in multinationals as well as some of Sri Lanka’s prominent blue-chip companies.

She serves on the Board of Sampath Bank PLC and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hela Clothing (Pvt) Ltd, Hela Apparel Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Foundation Garments (Pvt) Ltd and F D N Sourcing (Pvt) Ltd. She has worked in the banking, financial services and manufacturing sectors and was formerly an Independent Non-Executive Director of Siyapatha Finance PLC and Sampath IT Solutions (Pvt) Ltd as well as a Director of Delmege Interior Décor (Pvt) Ltd.

She was recently recognized as one of the top 22 women leaders of Sri Lanka at the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards 2020 by CMO Asia and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Professional & Career Women 2020 conducted by Women in Management. Ms. Nanayakkara holds a BSc. From the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA in addition to a MSc. from the London School of Economics (LSE).  She also holds the professional qualifications of ACMA and CGMA from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA), UK.

MR. DINESH WEERAKKODY - VICE CHAIRMAN

Dinesh Weerakkody is Chairman of Cornucopia Sri Lanka and Director of several companies including GlaxoSmithKline (Consumer) Sri Lanka . He is a former Chairman of Hatton National Bank PLC Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, the Employees’ Trust Fund Board of Sri Lanka, the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, the National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka. He was also an Advisor to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and the Minister of Tourism Development . He was also the Chairman of the Government -appointed Committee to review the Banking Sector and NBFI consolidation and the Committee appointed to review the budgetary allocation for Education. He is also a former Director of DFCC Bank , Hemas Holdings PLC and Ceylon Tobacco PLC. Mr. Weerakkody is a Graduate in Business Administration (Advanced Diploma) from ABE UK, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Certified Management Accountants of (Sri Lanka), and a Professional Member of the Singapore Human Resource Institute and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Also is a IPM HR senior Certified professional (USA) . He was conferred an honorary membership by the Institute of Personnel Management of Sri Lanka in 2008 for contribution to HR. Was also conferred a Doctorate in Business Administration ( honoris causa) from the American National Business University USA. Mr. Weerakkody is a Council Member of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Immediate Past Chairman International Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors of Sri Lanka and was a Member of the CIMA Asia Pac Industry Advisory Board and Vice President of Sri Lanka Tennis and is a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Financial Advisory Body. He is a recipient of many national awards and an Author of six books and is a business commentator . He is a recipient of Sri Lanka National Honours – in 2019.

MR. A. R. RASIAH - IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Mr. Rasakantha Rasiah is a very senior Chartered Accountant and a Finalist of The Institute of Management Accountant (UK). He is currently the Chairman of Hela Group of Companies, and a Non-Executive Director of E.B. Creasy Group of Companies as well as several of other public and private companies in Sri Lanka. 

He is a Former (retired) Finance Director of Nestle (Lanka) PLC, as well as a (retired) Senior Director of Nation Trust Bank Plc. He was a visiting lecturer in Finance for Nestle International covering Africa, Asia and Oceanic regions.  He was also a visiting Lecturer in Finance at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) as well as The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

He is past President of The Benevolent Society of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka as well as of Tamil Union C & AC. A keen sportsman, he represented Sri Lanka at Table Tennis and is a past holder of National tennis doubles titles at veteran level. 

MR. PRAKASH SCHAFFTER – COUNCIL MEMBER

Prakash Schaffter is the Cambridge educated Executive Chairman of Janashakthi. He has over three decades of experience in the Insurance industry in both Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. He led Janashakthi as brManaging Director from 2006 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.

Prakash 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.

MR. CHARAKA PERERA - COUNCIL MEMBER

Charaka has a career spanning over 24 years in Automotive, Construction and Pharmaceutical industries. He has management experience in Sales & Marketing, After Sales service, Distribution, Channel Management, Supply chain, Imports & People Management; with hands-on management exposure to finance, HR, legal & IT. He is skilled in building brands to reach market leadership with a proven track record in achieving exponential business growth and has a very high financial acumen. Charaka is currently a Board Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Stafford Motor Co. (Pvt) Ltd.   

He is a Fellow Member of CIM UK, a Chartered Marketer and has an MBA, from the ICFAI University, India. He holds a Diploma in Finance Management from the University of Wigan & Leigh U.K. & he is a Graduate Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. 

He is the Senior Vice Chairman of the CMTA (Ceylon Motor Traders Association) elected at its 101st AGM this year. He is a Committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce as the CMTA representative. Charaka was an elected Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka Region from 2014 to 2019.  

He is a past Leo Club President and a Past Leo District President. He is a member of the Lions Clubs International and is a past Lions Club President and a Past Cabinet Member.   

MR. DILSHAN RODRIGO – COUNCIL MEMBER

Skills & Experience

Mr Rodrigo possesses over two decades in banking experience and is the Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC. He provides administrative leadership to Finance, Credit, Operations, Risk Management, Banking Services, Compliance and Internal Audit functions. He is overseeing the cross functional teams involved in improving governance and compliance by serving in several Board and Management committees in the Bank. Mr. Rodrigo holds a MBA from Cranfied University UK, FCMA UK and FCCA UK.

He has played a catalyst role in the bank’s transformation and cultural change by being the driving force towards centralization, automation, outsourcing and process improvement initiatives and is recognized for driving a performance culture through training, talent acquisition and introducing several break through cost optimization initiatives.

Other Current Appointments

Mr Rodrigo has held many senior positions in multiple industries ranging from banking, insurance, investment banking and apparel. He presently functions as Chairman of HNB Finance PLC and holds Directorships in HNB Assurance PLC, Guardian Acquity Assets Management Limited, Lanka Financial Services Bureau and Credit Information Bureau. Mr Rodrigo serves on the councils of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and was the Chairman Policy Advocacy Committee of Asian Bankers Association (Taiwan) during 2011/12 and 2019/20.

Previous Appointments

He has served as a lecturer and examiner on various undergraduate and postgraduate programs (CIMA, ACCA, PIM and University of Wales MBA programs) and is a Guest Lecturer for SLID, Director Certification Program. He has presented various technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management. Mr Rodrigo has also served on local governing councils of CIMA, APB, ACCA and Risk Professional Forum and in the latter two as President.

MS. NADIJA TAMBIAH – COUNCIL MEMBER

Nadija Tambiah is a law graduate from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, a Barrister at Law (Middle Temple), UK and an Attorney at Law in Sri Lanka.

She heads the Legal and Company Secretarial functions of the John Keells Group, industry leaders in leisure, property development, ports and shipping, retail, consumer foods, financial services, logistics, IT and plantation services industries. She is the Board Secretary for John Keells Holdings PLC.   

She also heads the John Keells Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of John Keells Holdings PLC and is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Group.  She is also a Director of Keells Consultants  (Private) Limited , South Asia Gateway Terminals (Private) Limited, John Keells Office Automation (Private) Limited and Jaykay Marketing Services (Private) Limited.  

She is a Trustee of the George Keyt Foundation, Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Lunuganga Trust and a member of the Executive Committee of the Colombo Museum of Modern Art.  She also sits on the Council of the Sri Lankan Institute of Directors and is Vice Chair of the Women Directors Forum and part of the working committee of the Board Secretaries Forum of SLID. 

MS. ARUNI RAJAKARIER – COUNCIL MEMBER

Aruni counts over 25 years working experience as a finance professional, over 10 years experience as a Board member of public listed companies and is the founder Director of She Consults (Pvt) Ltd., a consulting company specializing ESG Reporting.

She serves on the Boards of Morison Limited and John Keells PLC as an Independent Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committees.  She also serves on the Council of Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.  Prior to this, she served on the Board of NDB Capital Holdings Ltd. (formerly NDB Capital Holdings PLC) as an Independent Non- Executive Director, the Chairperson of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Investment Committee.

She also served as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of its subsidiary, NDB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd.  She also served as a Consultant to World Bank on projects including the publication Sri Lanka – Report on Observance of Standards & Codes.

A passion for integrity in corporate reporting drives SheConsults of which Aruni is the founding director and has used a business model of allowing professional women to work to their preferred capacity, deploying sound technology platforms enabling working from home.  The company commands 30% market share of the ESG Reports submitted to the Colombo Stock Exchange and works with other prestigious institutions on ESG reports and reporting systems as well.

She also served as the founding Chairperson of the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and also served as a member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants Committee for Women’s Empowerment & Leadership.  During her tenure, she launched a Women’s Engagement Forum for female members of the Institute, a Board Ready Women’s Directory and a voluntary framework for gender reporting which has been incorporated into the Institute’s Annual Report Awards framework.  She is the recipient of Women in Management Top 50 Professional & Career Women Awards 2018/2019, Inspirational Woman and also the Derana Eya Pranama Award in 2020 in recognition of the work done in this field.

A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka, she served as the Country Manager for ACCA Sri Lanka with additional responsibility for the Maldives and in several senior roles at NDB Bank. Prior to this she served as Finance Director of Lanka Cellular Services (Pvt) Ltd. She trained at Ernst & Young where she served as Senior Manager in both auditing, consultancy and training.

MR. RAVI ABEYSURIYA – COUNCIL MEMBER

Mr. Ravi Abeysuriya currently functions as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Seylan Bank PLC, HNB Assurance PLC, & Bio Foods (Pvt) and Director/CEO of the Candor Group. He is also the Advocacy Chair and Board Director of CFA Society Sri Lanka.

Formerly, he was the Head of Strategic Business Development at Hayleys Group, Managing Director of Amba Research Lanka and Managing Director of Fitch Ratings Lanka.

Mr Abeysuriya also functioned as a permanent member of the Financial Sector Reforms Committee (FSRC), a Prime Ministerial Task Force appointment and was twice appointed as a commission member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

He was also a Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd (SLIC) and was the Chairman of its Investment Committee. Mr Abeysuriya has also functioned as a member of Board Risk Oversight Committee and Financial System Stability Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and President of several finance and IT associations.

Mr Abeysuriya is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, Chartered Global Management Accountant, USA and a Chartered Financial Analyst, USA and has an MBA from Monash University, Australia.   

Mr Abeysuriya was named as “Lifetime Achievement” award laureate by CFA Institute, USA in 2017.   

MS. MANOHARI ABEYESEKERA – COUNCIL MEMBER

Manohari Abeyesekera was appointed in January 2020 as an Independent Non-Executive Director/ Chairperson -Audit Committee of the National Savings Bank (NSB), which is Sri Lanka’s largest State Owned Savings Bank and its fully owned subsidiary NSB Fund Management Co . Ltd. She also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Kapruka Holdings PLC and Council Member of The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.

Previously, Manohari served the Hayleys Group in multiple leadership roles in her 18 year stint (Year 2002-2020). She was attached to Hayleys PLC, the parent company, and served as the Head – Strategic Business Development until May 2019. She was responsible for the Group’s acquisitions exceeding US $ 200 Mn, listing subsidiaries in the Colombo Stock Exchange and restructuring loss making entities. Manohari was the focal point of contact at Hayleys Group for Embassies, Chambers and UN Global Compact. She also was involved in project financing liaising with multi-lateral development agencies such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and DEG Bank Germany.

In May 2019, Manohari was seconded as the Director – Strategy & Business Development at Fentons Limited, the engineering arm of Hayleys Group. Manohari also served as a Director Hayleys Group Services (Pvt.) Ltd, the Group’s Company Secretarial arm from year 2012- 2020.

Manohari is a Council Member and a Member of the Audit Committee of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. She successfully completed the Board Leadership Program conducted by SLID – IFC in December 2017.

An Alumna of KPMG, Manohari is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA-UK) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She read for the MBA from University of Colombo topping the batch winning three gold medals – Overall Excellence, Quantitative Techniques and Management Accounting. Her first degree is in Biology (1st Class Honours) from University of Colombo.

A Prizewinner at CIMA Finals- Strategic Financial Management, Manohari was adjudged as CIMA Young Star (Silver) by CIMA Sri Lanka Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards held in 2004.Manohari read for the Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations conducted by the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute, where she was awarded the Vernon Mendis Memorial Award for excellent results in 2018. Manohari had her primary education at Sujatha Vidyalaya Colombo, and secondary education at St. Paul’s Milagiriya.

Voluntary Activities

Manohari was elected by the membership to the CIMA UK Global Council to represent South Asia for a three year term commencing from June 2021. Prior to this , She served as a Committee Member of the CIMA UK Global Member Engagement Committee (GMEC) in 2019/2021.

Manohari was the Chairperson of CIMA Sri Lanka Country Network Panel in 2019, in CIMA’s Centenary Year. Elected to the CIMA SL Board for two terms 2012-2014 & 2015-2017, Manohari served in the MESANA Regional Board in 2017. Manohari also chaired the CIMA Sri Lanka Business Leaders’ Summit in the year 2017.

Manohari also served as the President – MBA Alumni Association University of Colombo during the period 2019/20. She also served as an Executive Committee member in the International Chamber of Commerce (SL) during the years 2015-2019.

Manohari is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo EMBA program.

Executive Education

In March 2019, Manohari was selected to represent Sri Lanka by the US State Department in the Fortune Mentoring Program for female leaders

Manohari had Executive Education at ISB Hyderabad, ADB Manila and BHF Bank Germany. She received the AOTS Scholarship Japan in 2015. In 2014, Manohari was selected for the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) by the Dept. of State, USA.

Manohari has received many awards for Women Leadership –Women in Management SL (2012), World Women Leadership Congress -Mumbai (2015) and South Asian Partnership Summit- Dhaka (2017). She has penned articles in CIMA Edge, Daily FT and other journals. Manohari is a Toastmaster, and has spoken at many professional events. She was featured in CIMA Insight “Breaking the glass ceiling in Sri Lanka”.