Justice Suresh Chandra was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Independent Director in July 2012 and was nominated as the Senior Independent Director in August 2015.
He was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate in 1972 after having obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree from the University of Colombo. He obtained his Master of Law (LL.M.) Degree from the University of Colombo.
He was a practitioner at the Private Bar from 1972 to 2008 and was a Consultant to several leading banks, private and public institutions. He served as a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the National Arbitration Centre.
He was also a Visiting Lecturer, Course Director and Examiner of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the Colombo University, at the Open University of Sri Lanka, Moratuwa University and the Sri Lanka Law College. He was the Senior Consulting Editor of the Colombo Appellate Law Reports.
He was a Consultant to the World Bank on the Land Titling Project in Sri Lanka, a Consultant to USAID projects and was instrumental in structuring the Coir Council, the Ceramics Council and the Spice Council. He also served as a Legal Consultant to the Tea Sourcing Partnership of London.
He was the Senior Legal Consultant to the Southern Development Authority and the Board of Investments on Industrial Relations. He was a member of the National Labour Advisory Council of Sri Lanka and a member of the Labour Law Reforms Committee.
He served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to United Nations in New York in 2009.
He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in June 2010 and retired from that position in July 2012.
He is serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court in Fiji since his appointment in Fiji in 2011 and as the Resident Judge of Appeals since 2012.
He has been a Resource Person for the International Labour Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Judges Training Institute of Sri Lanka and the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ishara Nanayakkara is a prominent entrepreneur serving on the Boards of many corporates and conglomerates in the region. He initially ventured into the arena of financial services with a strategic investment in Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC and was appointed to the Board in 2002. Today, he is the Deputy Chairman of LOLC and the Executive Deputy Chairman of LOLC Finance PLC (previously known as Lanka ORIX Finance Company PLC), holding directorships in many of its subsidiaries and associate companies.
Backed by over a decade of professional experience in the industry, Mr. Nanayakkara holds the role of Chairman of Commercial Leasing & Finance PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s leading financial service providers for over 27 years, as well as LOLC Life Assurance Limited. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Seylan Bank PLC, a premier commercial bank in the country. His vision to cater to the entire value chain of the finance sector manifested in the development of Micro Finance, Islamic Finance, factoring through LOLC Factors, LOLC Life & General Insurance Companies and stock broking through LOLC Securities Ltd.
Leveraging LOLC Group’s expertise in the SME sector, the expansion into the Micro Sector was spearheaded by Mr. Nanayakkara, who is the Chairman of their Micro Credit Companies: LOLC Micro Credit Company Ltd, the only private sector microfinance institution in the country with foreign equity, PRASAC, the largest microfinance Company in Cambodia and BRAC Lanka Finance PLC. Mr. Nanayakkara’s interest in microfinance lead to the inauguration of LOLC Myanmar Micro Finance Company Ltd, a greenfield investment in Myanmar in which he was the founding Chairman, and currently serves as a Director. His proficiency in micro-finance in the region is further demonstrated by his involvement at strategic level in LOLC Cambodia Ltd (Previously known as Thaneakea Phum Ltd); the 5th largest micro-finance company in Cambodia. He was also recently appointed as a Director in LOLC International Private Limited.
Mr. Nanayakkara’s motivation to expand into various growth peripheries is further illustrated through his role as the Executive Chairman of Brown & Company PLC and Browns Investments PLC. Browns Group is a renowned conglomerate with leading market position in trade, leisure, power generation, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer appliances and agriculture equipment. Through strategic investments, he is committed to catalyzing development in the growth sectors of the Sri Lankan economy such as construction. Mr Nanayakkara’s involvement in the Boards of Agstar Fertilizers PLC, Associated Battery Manufacturers (Cey) Ltd, Sierra Constructions Ltd and Sagasolar Power (Private) Limited reflects this business philosophy.
His passion for sustainable investment is reflected through his involvement in renewable energy, forestry and plantations. As such, Mr. Nanayakkara was also appointed as the Chairman of Browns Capital PLC (previously known as FLC Holdings PLC), Browns Hydro Power PLC (previously known as F L C Hydro Power PLC), and a Director at Pussellawa Plantations Ltd and FLMC Plantations (Pvt) Ltd, subsequent to a recent acquisition.
Endorsing his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Ishara Nanayakkara received the prestigious ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) in 2012. He holds a Diploma in Business Accounting from Australia.
Mrs. Kalsha Amarasinghe was appointed to the Board in March 2003. She holds an Honours Degree in Economics.
She serves on the Boards of Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC, LOLC Finance PLC, LOLC Micro Credit Ltd, LOLC Life Assurance Ltd, Palm Garden Hotels PLC and Eden Hotel Lanka PLC. She also serves as a Director on the Boards of Commercial Leasing & Finance PLC, Brown & Company PLC, Browns Investments PLC, Riverina Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, Browns Hydro Power PLC, Browns Capital PLC, Pussellawa Plantations Ltd, Melfort Green Teas (Private) Ltd and FLMC Plantations (Pvt) Ltd.
Dr. Harsha Cabral was appointed to the Board as an Independent Director in January 2011. He was re-designated as a Non-Executive Director in August 2015 subsequent to his appointment to other Group companies.
He holds a PhD in Corporate Law from the University of Canberra, Australia and is a Senior Counsel with 28 years experience specializing in the fields of Company Law, Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Law and International Trade Law. He has been a President’s Counsel for 10 years.
He serves in the following capacities: Member ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris; Member, Law Commission of Sri Lanka; Member, Ministerial Committee appointed to reform Commercial Arbitration in SL; Member, Cabinet Committee on Economic Management; Member, UGC Committee on revisiting Laws on the University System on SL; Council Member, University of Colombo; UGC Nominee, PGIM (Postgraduate Institute of Medicine); Member, Board of Studies (Council of Legal Education); Member, Corporate Governance Committee (CA-SEC); Member, Board of Studies, School of Accounting & Business (CA Sri Lanka); Member, Board of Management, NSBM; Senior Lecturer & Examiner (University of Colombo); Council Member/Faculty Member/Course Director (ICLP).
He is also the Chairman of Tokyo Cement Group of Companies (largest cement company in Sri Lanka) and serves on the Boards of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), Richard Pieris & Co. Distributors Ltd, Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, Tokyo Super Cement Co (Private) Ltd, Tokyo Cement Power (Lanka) Ltd, Tokyo Eastern Cement Company Ltd, Tokyo Super Aggregate (Pvt) Ltd, Hayleys PLC, Browns Investments PLC, Alumex PLC and LOLC Life Assurance Ltd.
He is the Author of several books on Company Law & Intellectual Property Law.
He was a key member of the Advisory Commission on Company Law in Sri Lanka which drafted the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007.
He has presented papers in several fora, local and international on Company Law, Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Arbitration.
Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in June 2012.
She is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has over 35 years of experience in Corporate and Financial Law. She is also a Solicitor of England & Wales.
She served on the Boards of Forbes & Walker Ltd, Forbes Ceylon Ltd, Forbes Stock Brokers Ltd, Forbes Air Services Ltd (general sales agent for Emirates), Vanik Corporate Services Ltd, Office Network (Pvt) Ltd., Capital Reach (Holdings) Ltd and Associated Motorways Ltd.
She currently serves on the Boards of Associated Electrical Corporation Ltd, Abans Electricals PLC, Asia Asset Finance PLC, LOLC Finance PLC, PW Corporate Secretarial (Pvt) Ltd, Asian Centre for Lease Education (Pvt) Ltd, MTN Corporate Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, and Sithijaya Fund (Pvt) Ltd.
She served as the Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Finance from 2002 to 2004 and as Legal Consultant to the Colombo Stock Exchange from 2004 to 2011.
She is also a member of the Committees set up by the SEC to recommend amendments to the Takeovers & Mergers Code1995 (as amended) and the Rule for Corporate Governance.
Mr. Ashan Nissanka was appointed to the Board as its Director and Chief Executive Officer in October 2015.
Mr. Nissanaka counts over 22 years of experience in the Banking and Finance sector having commenced his career in 1993 with Seylan Bank PLC prior to joining LOLC Group in 1998 and having held the responsibilities of Strategic Marketing Planning, Development, and Management of the Retail Channels for LOLC Finance PLC, LOLC Micro Credit Ltd, and LOLC Insurance Ltd.
He possesses an MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia, a Graduate Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing – UK (CIM) as well as a member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM). He currently serves as a Member of the Council of Management of the Finance Houses Association of Sri Lanka, and as a Deputy Chairman of The Financial Ombudsman Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Limited.