Mr Prabhath is a financier by profession and an internationally certified microfinance expert (Frankfurt School). He has over 20 years of experience in the private sector finance industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (sp. Finance) from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and is a Certified Management Accountant of Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia and a member of Charted Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK. He is also a member of Institute of Directors’. He is the winner of the prestigious award "Game Changer of the year 2014” from WCRC, India.
Mrs.Thambiah is a banker by profession with over 38 years of experience in the private banking sector. Prior to her appointment on the board of HNB Grameen, Mrs.Thambiah served as the Deputy General Manager Network Management at Hatton National Bank PLC and held other coveted positions as Manager Pettah Branch, Senior Manager Emirates Branch and Assistant General Manager FCBU and AGM Commercial Credit Unit of HNB PLC. Mrs.Thambiah is a social service activist and currently serves as the Treasurer of National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka. She serves as Chairperson of Credit Committee and is a member of Audit and Risk Management Board subcommittees.
Mrs. Rose Cooray is a senior Director at Hatton National Bank PLC. She is the Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance LTD. Also serves as a director on the Boards of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC and Ceylon Investments PLC. She is the chairperson of the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee of HNB. Mrs.Cooray is a retired Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka where she served for over 35 years. Whilst at the Central Bank, She served as the, Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, Secretary to the Monetary Board and as a member on a number of national level committees covering a variety of subjects. She represented the Monetary Board on the Board of West Coast Power (PVT) LTD. On release from the Central Bank to the Ministry of Finance she served in the capacity of Director General Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs Department for nearly six years, and represented the Government on the Boards of DFCC bank, Sri Lanka Institute of information Technology, Sri Lanka Telecom, Ceylon Electricity Board, DE La Rue Currency and Security Print (PVT) Ltd, Export Development Board, and National Housing Development Authority. Mrs. Cooray has extensive experience in policy making and implementing projects and programs especially in the area of regional development and microfinance and has been a resource person at national and international seminars in these areas. She is a certified trainer in Micro Finance by the Asian Development Bank and Tokyo Development Learning Centre. She has wide experience in negotiating loans with multilateral and other donors as well as bilateral trade agreements on behalf of the government.
She holds a BA (Hon.) degree from University of Ceylon,Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and M.Sc, degree from Strathclyde University ,UK.
Mr. Wijesinha is an economist and his research on industry, innovation, SMEs, and international economics, has been published in national and international publications. He is currently the Chief Economist of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country's largest business grouping. He was previously the head of Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, and has worked with the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNESCAP, and GIZ. He is a Director on the Board of Union Assurance General Limited. In 2014, the World Economic Forum recognized him as a 'New Champions Awardee' at the Annual Meeting of New Champions. Mr. Wijesinha holds a Masters in Economics and Development from the University of Leeds Business School, UK and a BSc in Economics from the University College London, UK.
Mr.Fernando is Executive Director of Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA). He has also held leadership positions in the Sri Lankan development organizations and also served as, a Guest Researcher at University of Amsterdam, Senior Consultant of Context International, Netherlands. Mr.Fernando has focused on areas of development cooperation and aid policy has worked in Sri Lanka, Europe, East and West Africa and South East Asia. Mr.Fernando is also a visiting academic at the Open University of Sri Lanka where he holds the Chair of Development Studies. He holds a PhD in International Development Cooperation from the University of Amsterdam. His specialization at Bachelor’s and Master’s level has been Law, Economics, Management and Labour Studies.
Mr Dissanayake counts over 15 years of experience covering banking sector and capital markets. He currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC.
Mr Dissanayake is a CFA Charter holder, a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He also holds a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.
In addition to being on the Board of HNB Grameen Finance Ltd, Mr Dissanayake is also a Director of HNB Assurance PLC, HNB General Insurance Ltd, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Securities Ltd and Lanka Ventures PLC.
Mr Dissanayake chairs the Board Audit Committee and also a member of the Board Strategy Review Committee.
Mr. Mahinda Perera is currently practicing as a Commercial Lawyer and a Business Consultant and counts many years of experience in advising on Commercial, Corporate and Employment Law as well as on compliance and regulatory aspects. In addition to providing legal advise, he also provides business consultancy services.
He is also a qualified Management Accountant [FCMA (UK), GCMA] and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Jayawardenepura University. The count over 25 years of professional experience in the commercial sector as a Director/ Chief Executive Officer of of listed and unlisted companies before moving into the legal field. At present, Mr. Perera is an Independent Director of Prime Finance PLC and Industrial Asphalts (Ceylon) PLC.
Mr. Hasitha Wijesundara joined as an Independent Non-Executive Director of HNB Grameen In 2016 .He is an Advisor to GIZ SME Sector Development Program. He is an economist and development expert who count over a decade of experience in microfinance and SME finance in terms of advising on policy, framework conditions, trade, regulatory issue, sector strategies, social performance and inclusive finance.
He holds a Master’s degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Colombo, Bachelor degree in Law (LL.B) and Bachelor degree in Science (B.Sc) with honors. He has fellowships with several local and international professional bodies such as Institute of Consultancy (IC), UK. He is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka since 2009 and is currently reading for the Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Colombo. Mr Wijesundara is an accredited trainer of microfinance and SME finance by several international bodies such as the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany and Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP). Further to that he serves as a visiting senior lecturer at several universities and higher educational institutions in Sri Lanka including the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL).
In addition to experience within Sri Lanka; Wijesundara has hands on experience regionally. Being a team member of appraisal missions for the Sustainable Regional Economic Growth and Investment Program (SREGIP) in Indonesia and the Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Program in the Philippines, he contributed to the project design and shaping up. He is conversant with the financial systems in countries including India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Pakistan and involved in numerous assignments.