Mr. Eshana De Silva has been appointed to the Board of National Development Bank PLC with effect from 14 May 2020, and the Board of Directors thereafter appointed him as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. De Silva succeeds outgoing Chairman Mr. Kavan Ratnayaka who served the NDB Board for nearly five years as a director including the last year as the NDB Chairman before he handed in his resignation with effect from 30th April 2020.
Having built his career in the business world, Mr. Eshana De Silva currently serves in the capacity of Chairman of several companies including the Esna Group of Companies, Hanjin Shipping Lanka, Shermans Logistic (Pvt) Ltd., Star Leisure (Pvt) Ltd, Esna Holidays (Pvt) Ltd. He was also the director of several other companies such as the Interocrean Group, the Sherman Sons Group and of Fortress Resorts PLC. He is also the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2011.
Mr. De Silva has previously played a pivotal role in Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) as its Director, Deputy Chairman and Chairman respectively in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He retired as Chairman of PABC in 2017 after 9 years of service. Whilst with PABC, Mr. De Silva was also Chairman of the Board Credit Committee and the Board Related Party Review Committee. Mr De Silva also bags experience from his services rendered as a Director of the Board of Investment (BOI) from 2007-2013 where he also served as Chairman of the BOI Audit Committee. He has also served as a Board Member of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority from 2008-2013.
Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer (Non-Independent)
Mr. Dimantha Seneviratne counts more than 26 years of experience in the Banking industry, of which the last 3 years were with Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) where he functioned as Director / CEO. He was instrumental in turning around PABC and transforming it into a high performing mid sized player in the industry.
Prior to that, he spent 15 years with the HSBC Group, where he held key senior management positions including Chief Risk Officer Post of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Bangladesh and Thailand where he was responsible for business growth , strategy and governance in those respective geographies as a member of the Country Leadership Team.
Mr. Seneviratne commenced his banking career with Sampath Bank and has also served in Overseas Trust Bank, Colombo Branch and Saudi British Bank prior to joining HSBC.
Mr. Seneviratne holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, 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 Programme at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2016.
He is a Past President of The Association of Professional Bankers (APB) Sri Lanka, having held various positions in the Executive Council of the APB for over a decade.
Having Joined NDB as the CEO / Director on 1st January 2017, he currently functions as a Chairman of Sri Lanka Banks' Association (Guarantee) Limited and Development Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Director of the Credit Information Bureau - Sri Lanka, Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd and several subsidiaries of the NDB group.
Mr. Sriyan Cooray has been appointed to the Board of Directors of National Development Bank PLC with effect from 10th August 2018.
Mr. Sinniah has been appointed to the Board of Directors of National Development Bank PLC with effect from 28th March 2019.He is a former Managing Director of Citibank and Global Head of FX Corporate Sales and e-FX Solutions. He retired in 2018 after 38 years having started his career at Citibank Colombo, then moving to Citibank Australia, and ending his career based out of London. He served as a director of NDB Capital Holdings Limited for a short period.
Mr. Sinniah holds a Master of Applied Finance (Macquarie University, Australia)
Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne is an (honorary) Nonresident Fellow of Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI). She previously served as Executive Director of LKI from August 2015 to August 2018.
Prior to her appointment at LKI, Dr. Panditaratne was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. She is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and previously worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, an international law firm on Wall Street.
Dr. Panditaratne is a member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) headquartered in Seoul, and an Advisor to Verité Research, a private think tank in Colombo. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Rights and Justice in Hong Kong, and on the International Advisory Board of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.
Dr. Panditaratne received her initial degree in law with first class honours from the University of Oxford, where she was a Markby Scholar at Balliol College and won the University Prize for first place in Administrative Law. She received her master’s and doctorate from Yale Law School.
Mr Mudalige is the Managing Partner of PwC, Sri Lanka and counts over 30 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant. He is a FCA (ICA - SL), FCMA (CIMA – UK), FCCA (ACCA – UK) and FCPA (CPA – Australia).
Mr Mudalige has vast experience as the Audit Committee Chair in both public and private sector organisations. He is a past President of ICASL and has been a member of the Council of ICASL and of the governing board of CIMA UK, Sri Lanka Division, a Commission member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and held several such other positions locally and globally during the span of his career.
Mr Mudalige was a director of Hatton National Bank PLC from 2012 to 2019 and was a Chair and member of several of its board subcommittees during his tenure with HNB.
Mr Mudalige has been appointed as an Independent non-executive director of National Development Bank PLC with effect from 6 January 2020.
Mr. Hiran Perera, has served HSBC for a period of 28 years and has held various senior management positions in the bank including overseas banking experience. He was the Acting Chief Risk Officer and Head of Wholesale Risk, Sri Lanka and Maldives, a member of the management committee, and was identified for HSBC’s talent pool. He was a former corporate trainer in the Middle East for international trade and corporate lending.
Mr. Perera joined Softlogic in 2013 to head its treasury function excluding the two regulated companies of the group. He has been a board director of Softlogic Finance PLC.
Mr. Perera is expected to contribute to NDB given his expertise, overseas training and experience at HSBC’s frontline and middle-office senior management roles. His experience at one of the leading conglomerates, Softlogic, complements his international banking exposure thus, blending the business world with banking realities.
Mr. D’Alwis is a President’s Counsel in Sri Lanka with over 34 years of experience as an Attorney-at-Law and he currently serves as a Director of Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC.
He has an extensive practice in the fields of civil, corporate, commercial and administrative law before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Civil Appellate High Court, Commercial High Court and District Courts within Sri Lanka. He also has experience in alternate dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration, advising on corporate legal matters, regulatory frameworks, compliance requirements and legal due diligence.
Mr. D’Alwis has served as a Member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka, Member of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Member of the Panel of Legal Advisors to the Tax Appeals Commission, Member of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED) of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Vice Chairman of the Rent Board of Review, Member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Representative of the Sri Lanka Bar Association to the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners’ Association of Sri Lanka (BRIPASL), Vice President of the Colombo Law Society and Vice Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
Ms. Chetnakarnkul, Investment Director, Head of Asia Region (Bangkok, Thailand) of the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (“NORFUND”), has been appointed to the Board of National Development Bank PLC with effect from 25th May 2021. At NORFUND, she founded Norfund’s Asia office and has been responsible for building, leading, and managing Norfund’s investments in Asia. Prior to joining NORFUND, she worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group in Washington D.C.
Ms. Chetnakarnkul holds a Master’s Degree in Arts – Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory; from the Southeast Asia Studies School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University (Washington D.C.) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (International Program) from Thammasat University, Bangkok. She has also followed the Director Certification Program (DCP 184, Board Training) of the Institute of Directors of Thailand (Bangkok) and a Fintech certification course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).