Mr Jayathilake Bandara is one of the most respected professionals in the Banking and Finance industry with over 31 years’ worth of extensive experience in SME Banking, Factoring, Leasing and Hire Purchasing and other areas of Banking. Beginning his banking career at Seylan Bank PLC in 1989, he later joined Emirates Bank International PJSC, Dubai, UAE in 1998, as Officer Credit Administration. Bandara worked his way up the legendary ladder of the bank’s hierarchy by Joining Nations Trust Bank.
He joined NTB as the Branch Manager – Kurunegala and he has contributed to the NTB while he reached the position of Deputy General Manager of SME Banking.
At the time of leaving NTB he was designated as Senior Executive Vice President Commercial Banking, Member of the Corporate Management and several other management and Board committees. A result-oriented and person with a strong analytical capability to understand business drivers, and implement appropriate business and marketing strategies to create disproportionate value delivery to ensure sustainable stakeholder value, Bandara contributed largely to the development of Nations Trust Bank.
Mr Bandara holds an MBA from American City University, Wyoming, USA. He is a diploma holder in Financial Management from Wigan and Leigh College, UK and Banking qualifications from Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. A strong believer and a person keen on Training and Development he was exposed to some of the renowned leadership and strategic management training programs both locally and overseas.
Mr. Sajeewa Sapukotana counts over 26 years of hands-on experience in the Finance industry. His professional experience during his career in various senior positions served for The Finance PLC, Commercial Credit and Finance PLC, and Vallibel Finance PLC and he contributed on projects such as Real Estate, Property Development, Micro Finance, Consumer durables, Term loans, mainly concentrating on Fixed Deposits, Hire purchase and Leasing, etc
Mr. Sapukotana holds an MBA from the University of Cardiff Metropolitan, UK. He obtained a Diploma in Marketing from the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. Also, he is an Associate Member of the Charted Institute of Marketing (CIM) and a Certified Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (CMSLIM).
His passion to inspire, ignite & lead teams through innovation and creativity resulted to contribute value additions during his career. He was instrumental in leading the business development team to work towards placed the Vallibel brand in the industry. His scope of responsibilities included the heading of businesses in high performance-driven culture, strategic & business planning, corporate governance & compliance, market evaluation and commercializing of business units, development and marketing of products for increased wallet share, Credit & risk management and developing people etc.
Ms. Dineka Withanachchi has over nineteen years of progressive experience in the Finance service sector and out of nineteen years ten years in Corporate Management. She has gained diverse experience in the field of Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Risk Management, IFRS Implementation, Project Management and Process Development. Further, she has gained hands-on experience in designing & implementation of Core Leasing, Deposits & Factoring systems and Oracle ERP Solution implementations.
Dineka has completed her articles at KPMG, having gained experience in a wide spectrum of industries including Listed and Multinational Companies operating in the fields of Banking, Finance, Construction, Manufacturing, Hotels, and Retailing. She left KPMG as a Senior Audit Supervisor. In the year 2005, she joined Commercial Leasing & Finance Ltd where she progressed up to Chief Manager and subsequently seconded to the LOLC group.
She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colombo & a BSc. in Accountancy (Sp) degree with a Second Class Upper Division from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dineka is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka as well as the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and a finalist in the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of UK
Mr Nishantha Hettiarachchi has over twenty one years of experience in the Information Technology field in the Financial Services sector. His tenure includes ten years in Corporate Management. He has a vast experience in Managing IT environment by being a Team Leader, Project Manager, Programme Manager for many end-to-end IT projects. He is an expert in the Core Banking Transformation for successful implementation and has provided leadership to several core banking implementation projects.
He achieved a progressive career for his dedication and seamless commitment in his tenure at NDB for twenty years. He Joined NDB Bank as an executive and was promoted to Assistant Vice President-IT (AVP/ IT). He held the position of the Head of Software Support, Development, and Quality Assurance. In addition, he has work experience in a multi-national environment serving for an overseas bank in Nigeria as a core banking implementation consultant.
Mr. Hettiarachchi possesses MSc in IT from the University of Colombo, BSc (Hons) in Industrial Management from the University of Kelaniya and a Diploma in Business Administration from ICFAI University in India. He is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS).
Mr. Samantha Weragoda has over 15 years of diverse work experience in the Leasing industry including branch operation, Deposit mobilization, and Leasing. Results-driven professional with progressive management he has skills at developing and executing targeted business initiatives that drive customer growth, achieve sales objectives and enhance bottom-line profits. Highly effective communicator and team leader with proven ability to build long-term relationships with internal and external customers by establishing a high level of confidence and trust.
He has had a progressive career at Central Finance and served there for 15 years in deferent capacities. He has been a Senior Manager - Credit and also he has been a valued contributor in strategic teams being represented in developing and streamlining business processes to escalate the service quality and efficiency. Mr. Weragoda holds a BSc. in General Science degree from the University of Peradeneiya. Currently, he is reading for an MBA at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Assistant General Manager Human Resources & Administration
Mr. Sanjeewa Buwanakabahu counts over 14 years of hands-on experience in Banking & Finance, Manufacturing, and Service sector industries. He possesses experience during his career as a strategic HR Business Partner to the business served for People’s Bank, Modern Pack Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, CBL Foods International (Pvt) Ltd, Siyapatha Finance PLC, and Renuka Group of Companies while contributing for planning and execution of projects to ensure availability of right talents, creating a working environment where people feel happy and safe targeting a performance-driven culture with a highly engaged and productive workforce.
Mr. Buwanakabahu holds an MBA from the University of Colombo and recognized as the Human Resources Management - Gold Medalist. He obtained the BSc. Business Administration (Sp) degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Further, he is a TPM/ Kaizen, and Lean Practitioner, Advanced 5S Lead Auditor/Instructor, OHSAHS 18001/ Health & Safety Lead Auditor from IRCA/UK, and a certified Corporate Trainer.
With a passion for Training and Development, Continuous Improvement, and several other disciplines in HR/ General Management, he has been contributing as a visiting lecturer/trainer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, and Vocational Training Authority Sri Lanka.