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Mr. Nishan Fernando

Chairman

Nishan Fernando is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and is a Graduate of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.

He counts over 30 years of experience, during which period he has held the position of CFO/ Head of Finance at leading corporates in Sri Lanka.

Nishan is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He has served on the International Accounting Education Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants, and its Consultative Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of South Asian Federation of Accountants. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Asia Oceanian Standards Setters’ Group and is the Chair Elect for 2022-2023. He had been a Commission Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and also served on the Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board, Governing Boards of Postgraduate Institute of Management and of National Institute of Business Management.

He has been serving on the Sri Lanka Accounting Standards Committee for over sixteen years and chaired it in 2009-2013 during which period Sri Lanka fully converged with IFRS. He has also been chairing the SLFRS Implementation and Interpretation Committee of CA Sri Lanka.

Other principal appointments –

Managing Director: BDO Consulting (Pvt) Limited

Mr. Dinesh Schaffter

Managing Director

Dinesh Schaffter currently serves as the Managing Director of First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries.

He has a background in finance, and substantial experience and expertise of over 25 years, during which he has executed a range of transactions including M&A, restructuring and business valuations.

With professional qualifications in Finance as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, France, his insights are valuable to the company in developing strategies for expansion, acquisitions and business collaboration.

He was formerly the Managing Director of Kelsey Developments PLC and Dunamis Capital PLC.

Other principal appointments –

Director: Janashakthi Limited, Janashakthi Insurance PLC and Kelsey Developments PLC

Mr. Dilshan Wirasekara

Director / Chief Executive Officer

Dilshan Wirasekara, Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC is an experienced professional with a career spanning over 25 years, comprising diversified expertise in financial services including, banking, treasury and investment management, capital market strategy and corporate finance advisory services.

Having joined First Capital in 2013, Wirasekara steered the Company, a full service investment institution holding licenses as a primary dealer in government securities, stock brokering as a full trading member of the CSE, unit trust management and wealth management licensed by SEC and debt structuring, trading and corporate finance advisory in addition to its fully fledged research unit covering macro fundamentals, equity and fixed income, to establish itself as a significant contributor to the local capital market industry. He spearheaded the formation of key debt structuring deals with internationally based development Financial Institutions as well the signing of strategic partnerships with foreign institutions focusing on emerging markets such as Sri Lanka.

He was the former General Manager of Softlogic Capital PLC guiding investment and trading portfolio management across subsidiaries inclusive of the Group’s Licensed Finance Company, Composite Insurer and Equity Brokerage; prior to which he was Head of Treasury at Nations Trust Bank PLC.

He specialises in Asset and Liability Risk Management having secured the accolade of leading and representing two Sri Lankan companies in winning the International Bank Asset and Liability competition organised annually by the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), German Investment Corporation (DEG) and Proparco – a subsidiary of the Agence Française de Development (AFD).

Dilshan Wirasekara is an Alumnus of INSEAD having successfully completed his Executive Professional Education at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. He is also an Alumnus of AOTS, Tokyo, Japan.

Other principal appointments –

Director: Colombo Stock Exchange

Mr. Prakash Schaffter

Director

Prakash Schaffter is the Deputy Chairman of Janashakthi Limited, the parent company of First Capital Holdings PLC.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University and has over three decades of managerial and financial experience in both Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

Over the course of his tenure of leadership as the Executive Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance PLC, he has led Janashakthi 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 NonLife 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.

Other principal appointments –

Chairman: Janashakthi Insurance PLC

Deputy Chairman: Janashakthi Limited

Director: First Capital Holdings PLC, Kelsey Developments PLC, Orient Finance PLC

Mr. Ramesh Schaffter

Director

Ramesh Schaffter was appointed as a Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director on 21 December 2018.

He serves as Managing Director/Group Chief Executive Officer of Janashakthi Limited. Counting over three decades of experience in Finance and Marketing, he is a Fellow Member and former Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sri Lanka, and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has served on the Boards of several public listed and unlisted companies.

A social entrepreneur and life coach, he is an accomplished public speaker and a multiple award winner at national and international level Toastmasters’ contests. He is the former President of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and a former Board Member of World Vision for Sri Lanka. He is a Co-Founder of cable television channel Swarga TV, as well as the Christian Arts Foundation (Chraft), an organisation that promotes music and drama in Sri Lanka.

Ramesh also serves on the Council of the Colombo Theological Seminary, a graduate and postgraduate educational institute, and is the former Chairman of the Incorporated Trustees of the Church of Ceylon.

Other principal appointments –

Managing Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer : Janashakthi Limited

Director : Janashakthi Insurance PLC, Kelsey Developments PLC, Orient Finance PLC, Serendib Land PLC.

Mr. A. D. E. I. Perera

Director

Eardley Perera is a senior member (Honorary Fellow) and graduate of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, with over 45 years of experience in Management.

He has undergone Management training in the UK, Sweden, South Korea, India, Philippines and Singapore.
He retired from active executive positions in 2005.

Since 1997 he was a member on the Board of Study of the
Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, until he stepped down in January 2021.

He is also on the Advisory Boards of Aquinas University College and the Benedict XVI Catholic Institute of Higher
Education. Mr. Perera continues to be actively engaged in Management education and consultancy.

Other principal appointments  –

Chairman: Kelsey Developments PLC

Director: Janashakthi Limited, Janashakthi Insurance PLC, Sting Consultants (Pvt) Limited and Brand Finance Lanka (Pvt) Limited.

Ms. Minette D. A. Perera

Director

Minette Perera was the Group Finance Director of the MJF Group, which comprises several tea growing, packing and exporting companies, supplying the “Dilmah Tea” brand around the world, from September 2000 till March 2013.

During the period of her employment with the MJF Group, she was appointed a Director of the MJF Group of Companies, including MJF Holdings Limited, She continues to hold Board positions in some Companies of the MJF Group. She has also held board positions before joining the MJF Group.

Minette is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of UK.

She has over 40 years working experience as a qualified accountant having worked in leading local and international companies as an Executive Director.

Other principal appointments –

Non-Executive Director: Orient Finance PLC, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC (formerly Ceylon Tea Services PLC), Kahawatte Plantations PLC, Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC and Forbes & Walker (Pvt) Limited.

Mr. Chandana de Silva

Director

Chandana de Silva, who has 32 years of managerial and financial experience acquired in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, held several senior management positions including that of Chief Financial Officer of a Nasdaq quoted data communication services company during his 23 years of work experience in the UK.

Since moving back to Sri Lanka in 2002 he worked at MAS Holdings in a variety of roles and established its Supply Chain Management function, set up the MAS training centre and was the Chief Executive Officer of the MAS Investments Division.

Chandana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and in Sri Lanka. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Management from the University of London, UK. He now serves as a Non-Executive Board member and as a consultant.

Other principal appointments –

Chairman: Janashakthi Limited

Director: Kelsey Developments PLC, Eureka Technologies (Pvt) Limited, 24/7 Techies (Pvt) Limited, Reap Digital (Pvt) Limited and Bairaha Farms PLC.

Dr. Nishan de Mel

Director

Nishan de Mel is the Executive Director of Verité Research (Pvt) Limited, a think tank providing analytical research and advisory services on economic, political and legal issues in Sri Lanka and Asia. He is an economist with extensive academic, policy and private sector experience.

In Sri Lanka, he has been a Member of the Presidential Task Force on Health Sector Reform, Presidential Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Dangerous Drug Regulation and the National Steering Committee on Social Security. He has also served as the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies and on the Board of the Sri Lanka Foundation.

Internationally, Nishan has held several governing, teaching and research positions, including as Lecturer in Economics at Oxford University.

He holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University, USA.

Other principal appointments –

Director : Eureka Technology Partners (Pvt) Limited and Bartleet & Company Limited

Dinesh Schaffter

Managing Director

Dinesh Schaffter currently serves as the Managing Director of First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries.

He has a background in finance, and substantial experience and expertise of over 25 years, during which he has executed a range of transactions including M&A, restructuring and business valuations.

With professional qualifications in Finance as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, France, his insights are valuable to the company in developing strategies for expansion, acquisitions and business collaboration.

He was formerly the Managing Director of Kelsey Developments PLC and Dunamis Capital PLC.

Other principal appointments –

Director: Janashakthi Limited, Janashakthi Insurance PLC and Kelsey Developments PLC

Dilshan Wirasekara

Director / Chief Executive Officer

Dilshan Wirasekara, Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC is an experienced professional with a career spanning over 25 years, comprising diversified expertise in financial services including, banking, treasury and investment management, capital market strategy and corporate finance advisory services.

Having joined First Capital in 2013, Wirasekara steered the Company, a full service investment institution holding licenses as a primary dealer in government securities, stock brokering as a full trading member of the CSE, unit trust management and wealth management licensed by SEC and debt structuring, trading and corporate finance advisory in addition to its fully fledged research unit covering macro fundamentals, equity and fixed income, to establish itself as a significant contributor to the local capital market industry. He spearheaded the formation of key debt structuring deals with internationally based development Financial Institutions as well the signing of strategic partnerships with foreign institutions focusing on emerging markets such as Sri Lanka.

He was the former General Manager of Softlogic Capital PLC guiding investment and trading portfolio management across subsidiaries inclusive of the Group’s Licensed Finance Company, Composite Insurer and Equity Brokerage; prior to which he was Head of Treasury at Nations Trust Bank PLC.

He specialises in Asset and Liability Risk Management having secured the accolade of leading and representing two Sri Lankan companies in winning the International Bank Asset and Liability competition organised annually by the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), German Investment Corporation (DEG) and Proparco – a subsidiary of the Agence Française de Development (AFD).

Dilshan Wirasekara is an Alumnus of INSEAD having successfully completed his Executive Professional Education at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. He is also an Alumnus of AOTS, Tokyo, Japan.

Other principal appointments –

Director: Colombo Stock Exchange

Tharusha Ekanayake 

Chief Operating Officer

Tharusha Ekanayake brings over 21 years of experience in banking and financial services, specialising in the areas of treasury, foreign exchange, fixed income securities, investment banking, assets and liability management, portfolio management, fund raising activities and risk management in relation to treasury.

He has received broad exposure and extensive training in treasury, risk management, investment management, asset and liability management.

Tharusha holds a Bachelor of Science Honors, Special Degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya.

Jaliya Wijeratne

Chief Executive Officer – First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd

Jaliya Wijeratne is the CEO of the Group’s Equity operation, First Capital Equities (Private) Limited. Jaliya brings over two decades of experience in investment advisory in the capital markets of Sri Lanka and has extensive senior level managerial experience over the period.

In addition to fund and portfolio management experience, Jaliya specialises in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He was instrumental in numerous takeovers and sales of strategic stakes.

Jaliya has organised many foreign roadshows and international conferences on capital markets in addition to capital markets related training programmes both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

His strengths emanate from previously held positions as Senior Investment Advisor at Commercial CBC Crosby Capital (Private) Limited, Senior Manager Sales at DFCC Stock Brokers (Private) Limited, Director Institutional Sales at SMB Securities (Private) Limited.

As the former Chief Executive Officer and Director Institutional and Foreign Trades at New World Securities (Private) Limited, he led its investment advisory service to high net worth individuals, leading local corporate entities and global funds active in Sri Lanka. He was a Director of NWS Financial Services.

Other principal appointments –

President: Colombo Stockbrokers Association

Mangala Jayashantha

Chief Financial Officer

Mangala Jayashantha brings over 20 years of significant expertise in financial management, accounting, auditing, corporate planning and taxation.

Mangala commenced his career at KPMG – Sri Lanka, a member firm of KPMG International. At KPMG, he obtained extensive exposure in audit and assurance services of a broad array of industry segments including Licensed Commercial Banks, Licensed Specialised Banks and other financial institutions.

Mangala is an Associate Member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree in Accountancy from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Wasanthi Stephen

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

Wasanthi Stephen has over 22 years of work experience with over 20 years in the Human Resource Industry in Sri Lanka.

Her extensive exposure includes talent management, employee relations, handling industrial disputes, mentoring, counseling, strategic planning and learning and development in the hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, finance and Insurance industries.

Prior to joining First Capital, Wasanthi also worked at John Keells Holdings as the Director of Human Resources for Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel and as an Assistant Vice President at John Keells Holdings.

Wasanthi practiced as Junior Counsel and an Instructing Attorney. She also worked in Sri Lanka Telecom’s legal division.

Wasanthi is an Attorney-at-Law and Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management.

Harshanee Deshapriya

Group Chief Legal Officer

Harshanee Deshapriya possesses 15 years of work experience including 12 years as a corporate lawyer with an extensive exposure towards capital market regulatory work, corporate affairs and activities in diversified industries such as manufacturing, real estate, insurance, investment banking and finance.

Her professional expertise ranges across various foreign and local investment activities including company takeovers and mergers, corporate finance and advisory services, dealing with foreign hedge funds and exchanges, commercial arbitration and contract management.

Harshanee holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business and Commercial Law with a Merit Pass from the University of West London and she was awarded Outstanding Performance recognition for the highest average in dissertation. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Colombo, Faculty of Law and she admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka with Honours.

Harshanee has also obtained Professional Qualifications in Human Resources Management (PQHRM) from IPM Sri Lanka with a Merit Award and has successfully completed the Post Attorney Diploma in Corporate Law with a Merit Pass from the Advanced Legal Studies Unit of Sri Lanka Law College.

Prior to joining the Janashakthi Group, she headed the legal division of the Lanka Century Investments PLC Group.

Harshanee apprenticed with the President Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam and has received substantial training whilst interning at John Keells Holdings PLC, Peoples’ Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

Dimantha Mathew

Head of Research

Dimantha Mathew has over 15 years of experience with investment banking a predominant focus. Dimantha brings significant exposure in economic, fixed income and equity research, portfolio management, debt and equity financing strategy, project finance, and corporate finance and advisory services.

Prior to joining First Capital, Dimantha acted as Head of Research at Softlogic Stockbrokers. He had also worked at Capital Alliance and John Keells Stockbrokers.

Dimantha holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London.

He is an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka and also holds ACMA and CGMA qualifications.

Kapila Perera

Assistant General Manager – Risk & Compliance

Kapila Perera counts over 14 years of experience in Risk and Compliance, Operations and Finance. He has significant exposure in risk management, compliance, AML/CFT compliance, financial and credit analysis and operational functions related to valuation and handling of scrip and scripless securities. Kapila assumed his current position as Assistant General Manager – Risk and Compliance in July 2020.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colombo and obtained a Bachelor’s (Special) Degree in Commerce from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Kapila is an Associate Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Credit Management (SLICM) and has successfully completed the Diploma in Treasury and Risk Management conducted by the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka.

Anjelo Simmons

Chief Dealer

Anjelo Simmons possesses 14 years of fixed income related experience.

Commencing his career with Ceylinco Insurance (Life) in 2007, Anjelo joined First Capital Treasuries PLC in 2012 as a Senior Executive. He was promoted as a Manager and Senior Manager in 2015 and 2018 respectively. Presently, he performs duties in the AGM category.

His core focus is on fixed income trading, providing strategic investment and dealer-trader solutions.

Anjelo is a Finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – UK.

 

Kavin Karunamoorthy

Assistant General Manager – Asset Management

Kavin Karunamoorthy has over 18 years of experience in Treasury and Investment banking. He has significant exposure in fixed income dealing, foreign exchange, asset and liability management, corporate finance and fund management.

He has also received extensive training both locally and internationally in the areas of treasury, investment management and asset and liability management.

Kavin holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

He holds a dealing certificate offered by ACI Financial Markets Association – Paris and he is also a Licensed Investment Advisor (CSE).

Sujani Kumarage

Assistant General Manager – Operations

Sujani Kumarage possesses over 22 years of experience in business processing relating to fixed income securities (Government Securities/ Corporate Debt Securities).

She provides oversight for processing of government and corporate debt securities, money market operations and SWIFT securities/payments and settlements.

She holds a Diploma in Treasury and Risk Management conducted by the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, certificate for Treasury & Foreign Exchange Operations conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and currently she is reading for her MBA at the University of Suffolk.

Nisansala Munasinghe

Senior Manager – Branding & Marketing Services

Nisansala Munasinghe counts over 10 years of experience in business development, corporate communications and public relations.

Developing communications solutions for both local and international brands. She commenced her career at Grant Public Relations (GPR Communications Consultancy), a subsidiary of the Dentsu Grant Group.

Subsequently, Nisansala joined the Colombo Stock Exchange and was responsible for marketing communications and international events including the ‘Invest Sri Lanka’ roadshow events held in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and London.

Nisansala is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Mass Communication from Deakin University, Australia and a Diploma in Media Communication from Deakin College, Australia.

Nisansala has undergone training in Brand Building, Corporate Strategy and Customer Service Excellence.

Rangajeewa Abeywickrama

Senior Manager – IT Operations

Rangajeewa Abeywickrama counts over 18 years of experience in the fields of IT Security, Cloud and Virtualisation, SWIFT Support Service, Core Application and ERP Development Project Management, IT Infrastructure and Data Centre Management, Disaster Recovery Planning and Risk Management and Virtual Office with Private Cloud Development.

Rangajeewa joined First Capital Group as a Senior IT Administrator in September 2008. He was promoted as Assistant Manager – IT Operations and Manager – IT Operations in April 2013 and April 2017 respectively. In July 2020, he was further promoted to the current position as the Senior Manager – IT Operations of the Group, heading the Information Technology Department of the Group and reporting directly to the Director/ Chief Executive Officer.

He commenced his career in Technical Support Engineer at MicroNet Information Systems (Pvt) Limited in 2002. He had also worked at HS Cargo and Hayleys Advantis.

Rangajeewa holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He is a Member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka and holds a CCNA in Computing and Information System from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.

Rohana Jayakody

Senior Manager – Branch Sales

Rohana Jayakody counts over 20 years of experience in fixed income securities.

Commencing his career at the Employee Provident Fund department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1998 as a Project Officer, Rohana joined First Capital a year later and was promoted to the post of Manager in 2008.

Rohana currently heads the Matara Branch. His chief focus is in providing trading and investment solutions in fixed income to diverse clients across the Southern Province.

Rohana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Special) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a Diploma in Investment Advisory from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

 Salinda Samarakoon

Senior Manager – Kandy Branch

Salinda Samarakoon counts over 17 years of experience with a decade’s service at First Capital.

Specialising in fixed income securities, Salinda manages the dealer-trader and strategic investment needs of a diverse
client base across the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces.