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Management Team

Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena is the Chief Executive Officer / Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC and was appointed to the board in December 2009. He is responsible for setting and implementing the organization's vision and strategy and managing the organization's operations. Mr. Gunawardena has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems from the United Kingdom and completed his Masters of Professional Accounting at Monash University, Australia.

Prior to joining Asia Asset Finance, Mr. Gunawardena worked in the capacity of Senior Investment Analyst at Asia Capital PLC, the largest investment bank in Sri Lanka and also the parent company of Asia Asset Finance. He is a lecturer of accounting at the Australian College of Business Technology.

  • Chief Executive Officer / Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC
Mr. Roshan De Silva Gunasekera - Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Gunasekera joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in April 2010. He carries more than 19 years of post-qualifying experience in the financial sector, having commenced his career as a Credit Officer at Commercial Leasing Company Limited [now a fully owned subsidiary of Lanka Orix Leasing Company Limited] in 1994. During his career he has held various posts such as Account Manager, Branch Manager and Manager Marketing & Operations until he left the company in 2005.

In 2005 he joined Sampath Leasing & Factoring Limited [a fully owned subsidiary of Sampath Bank PLC] as a pioneering member of the staff of the company which commenced operations in 2005. He joined as the Senior Manager - Marketing & Operations and was the Assistant General Manager - Marketing & Operations at the time of joining Asia Asset Finance PLC. During his career he gained knowledge and experience in Business Development and Marketing, Treasury Management, Credit Policy and Control, Operations and Procedures and Human Resource Development and Talent Management.

Mr. Gunasekera is a graduate from the University of Sri Jayawardanepura and holds an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is also part qualified at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K. Mr. Gunasekera is a member of Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) - Japan and is a visiting lecturer in Financial Services Marketing at the University of Colombo - Sri Lanka.

  • Chief Operating Officer
Mr. M. Thiruneelakandan - General Manager

Mr. Thiruneelakandan joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in September 2004 and currently works as the head of credit. Mr. Thiruneelakandan carries more than 25 years experience in the Financial Sector and has held senior positions in Indian Overseas Bank, Dubai Bank Ltd with valuable experience in foreign markets and credit. In his career he has obtained special overseas training from the Head Office of Dubai Bank Ltd in Dubai, Wells Fargo Bank International in Singapore, Marine Midland Bank in Singapore and Dresner Bank in Frankfurt on International Trade and Foreign Exchange.In 1986 with the merger of Dubai bank and Union Bank of the Middle East, he worked as the Senior-Credit officer for 3 years.

Mr. Thiruneelakandan was one of the team members who have been involved with Pramuka Bank Due Diligence nominated by Asia Capital Plc in 2004. Mr. Thiruneelakandan has completed Institute of Bankers (London Examination) Stage 2 and also partly qualified Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom).

  • General Manager
Mr. W. Jayantha Siri - Assistant General Manager – Marketing

Mr. Jayantha Weerappulige holds a B.Com (Special) Degree from the University of Colombo  and counts over 14 years of working experience in Accounts and Marketing & Credit of which 12 yearswere spent in the finance industry.He also holds more than 5 years of experience in
the top management of Asia Asset Finance PLC. He is responsible for overseeing the branch lending network as well as the overall lending target of AAF since 2009. He is further responsible for Product and Business Development, Credit Evaluation, Branch Development, Strategic Planning and
Implementation.

  • Assistant General Manager –Marketing
Mr. Mahesh Kumara - Assistant General Manager – Credit

Mr. Kumara received his BBA (Accounting) Degree from the University of Colombo in 2001 while working in the industry from 1999 as an Assistant Accountant. Subsequently, throughout his career he gained experience in key Finance sectors after working in several leading Finance Companies as a member of Senior Management. Mr. Kumara joined Asia Asset Finance PLC. in December 2009 and presently holds the position of Senior Manager Credit with an industrial experience of over 14 years.

  • Assistant General Manager – Credit
Mr. Samira Weveldeniya - Assistant General Manager – Marketing

Mr. Samira Weveldeniya joined AAF in June 2006n as the Negombo Branch Manager and was appointed to the post of Regional Manager - Fixed Deposit in 2009 followed by a subsequent appointment as the Senior Manager - Fixed Deposits in 2011. He has over 12 years of experience in Deposit Marketing in the Finance Sector and currently heads the overall FD mobilization of the Company. Prior to joining AAF, Mr. Weveldeniya worked at the Ceylinco Development Bank where he was awarded many times for his achievements in marketing. Mr. Weveldeniya holds a MBA from Buckinghamshire New University in UK and was conferred the Postgraduate professional status of Certified Professional Marketer - Asia (CPM - Asia) by The Asia Marketing Federation (AMF). He is also a Certified Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM). He also holds the Preliminary Certificate in Marketing from the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and is partly qualified in Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK).

  • Assistant General Manager – Marketing
Mr. Deshapriya Liyanage - Assistant General Manager - Internal audit

Mr. Liyanage has over 25 years of Financial and Merchant Banking experience and joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in November 2010. He started his career at The Finance Company PLC and worked for 16 years until he left as Senior Administrative Manager. Before joining Asia Asset Finance PLC he worked as Chief Manager - Central Credit Administration of Central Investment and Finance Limited, prior to which he was the Senior Manager - Branch Business Development Manager and Regional Manager at Seylan Merchant Bank Limited.

Mr. Liyanage holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, is an associate member of Institute of Cost and Executive Accountants (ACEA) of United Kingdom and holds an Executive Diploma in Business Administration (EDBA) from the University of Colombo. He later obtained the Diploma in Credit Management (DCM) from Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka as well as Associate Certified Professional Manager (ACPM) from Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka.

  • Assistant General Manager of Internal audit
Ms. Geethika Elwalage - Assistant General Manager – Finance & IT

Ms. Geethika Elwalage graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2005 with Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) specialized in Finance and holds a Master’s Specialized in Finance from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Ms. Elwalage currently holds the Assistant General Manager (Finance and Information Management) position at Asia Asset Finance PLC. Her current portfolio includes financial accounting, internal and external audit function handling, budget, strategic planning, MIS, CBSL reporting, treasury, tax and central cash management.Ms. Elwalage counts over 12 years of experience in banking and financial services specializing in the areas of treasury, international operations and investment banking. She has been managing assets and liabilities, fund raising activities, securities
trading, risk management in relation to treasury and cross border funding.

  • Assistant General Manager – Finance & IT
Mr. H. Babapulle - Assistant General Manager -Investments and Administration

Mr. Babapulle has a career spanning 41 years in which he has amassed a wealth of theoretical and practical experience both locally and internationally in the Banking, Real Estate and Tea Industries. It has always been his vision to be a guiding light to the younger generation by imparting his store of knowledge in the areas of fund mobilization and portfolio management, private banking, dealing in properties both residential and agricultural while advising them in the various methods of spreading risk and accumulating assets successfully for a better and brighter future.

  • Assistant General Manager of Investments and administration
Mr. Sajith Atapattu - Assistant General Manager – Credit & Operations

Mr. Sajith Atapattu joined Asia Asset Finance in April 2010. At Asia Asset Finance Mr. Atapattu has worked with the Credit, Recovery, Administration and Operations departments. Prior to working at Asia Asset Finance he has worked in the UK financial sector where he was involved in projects to improve financial inclusion within the non-banking population in the society.He hold a Bachelor’s degree from University of Keele - UK.

  • Assistant General Manager of Credit & Operations
Mr. Praveen Peiris - Senior Manager - Treasury

Mr. Praveen Peiris has over 12 years of Financial and Treasury experience and joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in January 2014. He started his career at a Global Audit Firm  in 2004 and joined the Non Banking Financial Sector in 2008. Before joining Asia Asset Finance PLC he worked as Manager – Treasury of a listed finance company. He is a Finalist at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K. 

  • Senior Manager Treasury
Mr. Sisira Mudalige - Senior Manager - Gold loans

Sisira Mudalige brings in diverse and a rich portfolio of experience while his skill sets include portfolio and Operation management. He began his career as the Deputy Manager at BP Airport Connect specializing and being directly involved in the central ordering system which was piloted at Airport Connect in 2009 .

Subsequently he moved to Asia Asset Finance PLC, where he pioneered the development and implementation of Gold loan, a strategy in retail asset portfolio management. He was instrumental in  promoting and expanding gold loan product via entire branch network. Further he was responsible for the setting up and implementing effective control procedures for gold loans.

He hold a  B.A. in Marketing and Finance – Keele University, Staffordshire UK (2009) and has successfully completed certificate & lower managerial levels in CIMA

  • Senior Manager - Gold loans
Mr. Inditha Jayathilaka - Assistant General Manager - Information Technology

Inditha Jayathilaka joined Asia Asset Finance PLC as AGM -IT. He has more than 12 years of experience in banking and finance solution development  and implementation. He received his BSc in MIS from University college of Dublin. During his career, he gained his experience from various sectors, specialized in financial sector by providing mission critical software and infrastructure solutions.

Presently, he is in charge of the Information technology department by proving IT-related infrastructure, software and security services.

  • Assistant General Manager - Information Technology

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