Board of Directors

Mr. Kanchana Ratwatte

Chairman, Bank of Ceylon

Mr. Kanchana Ratwatte was appointed as Bank of Ceylon’s Chairman on 2nd January 2020. Mr.Ratwatte has had his primary and secondary education at Trinity College Kandy and obtained his LL.B degree from the University of Colombo. During his legal career he has appeared on behalf of corporate clients and individuals in both civil and criminal areas of the law. He has held public sector positions as the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution and the Ceylon Shipping Corporation among other organisations in his career. He has built a wealth of experience in public sector processes and regulations in the fields of commerce and administration due to his extensive exposure in heading these public sector institutions.

Mr. Ratwatte also has wide experience in administration and commerce, being a member of the Board of Directors of several private sector enterprises in the fields of IT, security data printing, software development, BPO, insurance brokerage and securities.

Mr R.M.P. Rathnayake

Ex-Officio Director

Mr. R.M.P Rathnayake assumed duties as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury on 08th January 2020 is a Special Grade officer in the Sri Lanka Planning Service and has been in the public service for almost 25 years in various positions. Mr. Ratnayake joined the public service as an Assistant Director belonging to the Planning Service in 1994. He was attached to the Department of National Planning, which is the apex government institution responsible for development planning and preparation of National Development Plans.

In January 2011, he has appointed as the Director in-charge of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Division of the External Resources Department (ERD) which is responsible for mobilizing foreign financing for economic development of the country. Subsequently he has been promoted as the Additional Director General and then as the Director General of the ERD, he was responsible for coordinating with development partners, lending agencies and capital market to mobilize foreign financing for development projects, engage with bilateral negotiations and facilitate timely disbursement of foreign financing. He has gained vast experience in multilateral development banking as an Alternate Executive Director to the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank located in Beijing, China representing Sri Lankan government.

Also served as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of National Policies & Economic Affairs from February to May 2015 and appointed as DG/ERD in May 2015 again

Other Significant Positions held:

• Alternate Director - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Beijing, PRC

• Chairman, National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka

• Member, National Medicine Regulatory Authority, which regulates medicines, medical devices, borderline products, clinical trials and cosmetics

• Director, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

• Director, Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management

• Director of the People’s Bank, a leading state bank in Sri Lanka

• Member of the Board of Management of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, institute that is responsible for the specialist training of Medical doctors

• Member of the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka, which is the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector

• Member of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CAARP). CAARP advises the government on all matters regarding organization, planning and excusing of agricultural research

• Member of the Governing Council of the University of Vocational Training, A state University responsible for technical and Vocational training

• Member of the Board of Directors of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka (SPC) from January 2006 to April 2010. SPC has been the sole supplier of pharmaceuticals, surgical consumable items, laboratory chemicals and equipment to all public health institutions.

• Member of the Board of Directors of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka from January 2006 to April 2010.

• Member of the Advisory Board to the Science and Technology Policy Research Division of the National Science Foundation from May 2005.

Professional Record:

• Member of the Sri Lanka Economic Association-(Sri Lanka Economic Association, 275/75, Prof. Stanley WijeesundaraMawatha, Colombo 07.)

• Visiting Consultant/ lecturer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) since 2007

 

 

Mr. G. Harsha Wijayawardhana

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Harsha Wijayawardhana was appointed to the Board of Bank of Ceylon on 14.01.2020 as a Non-Executive Director.

He is a Biochemist turned Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Consultant with more than twenty years of experience in hardcore ICT. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry and Minor in Mathematics from the University of Miami, United States of America and is also a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS, CITP).

He has been involved in Government ICT projects and has designed and implemented government networks such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Information Department of Sri Lanka as well as the Policy Research Information Unit of Presidential Secretariat (PRIU). He was responsible for setting up of Software Development Unit (SDU) of University of Colombo and is the COO/CTO of Theekshana, a company which is associated with University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). He was also responsible for some of the major national level software projects such as the Birth, Marriage and Death Certificate Issuance System and House Holder List set up at every Divisional Secretariat, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Sri Lanka Police etc. He is also involved in developing the Electronic Government Procurement System (eGP) of the Government with the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Wijayawardhana was appointed as the ICT Consultant to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) of Sri Lanka in January 2014. He served on the Board of Directors of Lanka Government Information Infrastructure (LGII) from 2010 to 2015. He is also a Board Member of nic.lk (LK Domain Registry) since its inception. He was the founding president of ISOC LK Chapter. He is the Co-Chair of Sinhala Generation Panel of ICANN.

He has been recognized as one of the Internet Pioneers in Sri Lanka in 2015 and was honored by Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN) as one of the seven founding members of LEARN at its thirty-year celebrations.

Mr. Wijayawardhana has published several scientific papers and authored several books.

 

Mr. Anura Christopher Manilka Fernando

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Manilka Fernando is a banking and finance professional who has over 35 years of experience, working in financial institutions and other organizations in Sri Lanka and overseas. Since starting his career at KPMG, he has held senior management positions in the financial services sector at Citibank, Mashreq Bank (Dubai, UAE), NDB Bank and Al Rajhi Bank (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

In addition, he has carried out consulting/advisory projects in strategic planning, restructuring and organizational development at a range of organizations, including Commercial Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions.

He has an MBA degree from the University of Georgia, USA. He is also a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His specialized training includes programmes at Harvard University and INSEAD.

 

Major General (Rtd) G A Chandrasiri RWP VSV USP ndc psc

Non-Executive Director

Major General (Rtd) G A Chandrasiri was appointed to the Board of Bank of Ceylon on 08.01.2021 as a Non-Executive Director.  

He is the incumbent Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited since December 2019.  

Previously he held the position of Governor of the Northern Province from 2009 to 2015. His dedicated and committed service during the five and a half years’ tenure as the Governor assisted immensely in rebuilding the lives of the people of war-ravaged Northern Province.  

During his illustrious military career of 35 years, he had held a number of key command and staff appointments in the Sri Lanka Army. Being a product of the elite Cavalry Army of the Sri Lanka Army, the Armoured Corps, he commanded the prestigious Armoured Brigade, two infantry divisions in the North prior to becoming the Commander of the important Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna from 2005 to 2009. He too served as the Military Security Co-ordinator to HE the President from 1999 to 2002. He was also privileged to hold the posts of Principal Staff Officer at the Joint Operations Command Headquarters and Regimental Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces. At the final stage of his military career, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. In addition to his duties as the Chief of Staff, he functioned as the Competent Authority for the administration of Internally Displaced People in Northern Province.  

In recognition of his service, he was awarded a number of medals and decorations including Rana Wickram Padakkama (RWP), Vishishta Sewa Vibushanaya (VSV) and Uththama Sewa Padakkama (USP).  

He is a graduate from the prestigious National Defence College, India and Defence services Command and Staff College, Bangladesh. At present, he is reading for his Ph.D at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka.  

 

 

 

 

Mr. Jayampathy Molligoda

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Jayampathy Molligoda is a past pupil of Ananda College, Colombo and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He has obtained his MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management in 1998 and has also successfully completed an Executive Strategy Programme at Victoria University Melbourne, Australia. He counts over forty years of executive experience in the fields of Finance Management Strategic Planning & Human Resource Development, Plantation Management and International Marketing of tea. He was conferred the "Professional Excellence Awards 2014" at the CMA National Management Accounting Conference held in June, 2014,

At present, he serves as Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board Prior to his current assignment, he served as Executive Deputy Chairman/CEO at Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC till 10th December, 2019, having joined BTE as Director, Finance in 1992. In addition, he served as Chairman, Independent Audit Committee of Finlay Teas, Colombo during the period 2004 to 2015 Senior Finance Manager at Associated newspapers of Ceylon Ltd during the period 1991/92 and prior to that he served as the Chief Accountant at Janatha Estates development board from 1984 to 1990 and senior Accountant at Ceylon Plywoods from 1982 to 1984

He is a free lance writer to national newspapers and professional journals covering subjects such as plantation industry, private sector business development, economic development & poverty alleviation and legal & constitutional affairs. He is a Council member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka

 

 

 

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