Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena is the Chief Executive Officer / Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC. He was appointed to the Board in December 2009. He is responsible for setting and implementing the organisation’s vision and strategy and for the management of the entire organisation’s operations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems from the United Kingdom and has completed his Masters of Professional Accounting at Monash University Australia. Prior to joining Asia Asset Finance he has worked in the capacity of Senior Investment Analyst at Asia Capital PLC. He was a lecturer in Accounting at the Australian College of Business and Technology.
Mr. Gunasekera joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in Ap.il 2010. Mr. Gunasekera carries more than 22, years of post-qualifying experience in the Finance. Sector having commenced his career as a Credit Officer at Commercial Leasing Company Limited in 1994. Mr. Gunasekera is a graduate from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and holds an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is also part-qualified at Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK. Mr. Gunasekera is a member of the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) - Japan and is a visiting lecturer in Financial Services Marketing at the University of Colombo - Sri Lanka.
He is responsible for overlooking the branch network as well as overall operations of the branches, which comprises of Marketing, Credit, Administrations & Recoveries. He’s further responsible for product & business development, strategic planning & implementation.
Mr. Thiruneelakandan began his career in the Banking sector in 1976. While in the private Bank he read for Institute of Bankers London and Institute of Cost and Management Accountants London. He has spent most of his life in the financial field in the banking and non-banking financial institutions as Chief Foreign Exchange Dealer, Chief Financial Controller and Financial consultant before joining AAF plc. 15 years ago. He brings wealth of experience gained in this field for more than four decades. His successful tenure as Deputy General Manager and his teamwork extensively plays a leading role in implementing the organization’s financial management, while making customer relationships successful. He was appointed in March 2017 as General Manager. He is instrumental of the recoveries and the job encompasses overseeing Lending, Credit, Recoveries and liaison with the Regulators.
Mr. Thiruneelakandan has given the following comment when asked about his experience at AAF plc. so far. “I am pleased our journey has been remarkable, touching many lives and being part of their growth as a trusted partner with the collective effort with MUTHOOTS Finance, India. We are encouraged with the growth and intends to focus on relatively unexplored areas of customers along with competitive edge.
Mr. Mahesh 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 the Senior Management. Mr. Kumara joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in December 2009 and presently holds the position of Assistant General Manager - Credit with an industrial experience of over 17 years.
Mr. Jayantha Weerapullige joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in 2008. Currently he serves as the AGM – Marketing and he served as Senior Manager Lending for 3 years prior to being promoted as AGM.
Mr. Jayantha Weerappulige holds a B.Com (special) degree in business administration and MBA from University of Colombo. He counts over 17 years of working experience in Marketing, Credit & Accounts of which 14 years were spent in Finance sector and he also has the experience in banking sector in his previous employment with Peoples merchant bank during the period from 2003 to 2008. He holds more than 8 years of experience in the top management of Asia Asset Finance Plc.
Mr. Samira Weveldeniya joined AAF in June 2006 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. Then, again he was promoted as Assistant General Manager- Marketing in 2014. He has over 15 years of experience in Deposit Marketing in the Finance Sector and currently working in the capacity of AGM-Marketing and contributes to the marketing activities and branch development 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 also an Associate Member of The Certified Management Accountants- Australia (AMA-Australia). Apart from that he is also a Certified Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM). He holds the Preliminary Certificate in Marketing from the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and is partly qualified in Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK).
Ms. Geethika Elwalage has varied exposure of over 8 years in the financial services sector having worked in several leading financial institutions. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She has additional experience of three years in the audit sector having worked at BDO Partners. Further, she holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. She was appointed as AGM Finance of the Company in March, 2017.
Mr. Deshapriya K. H. Liyanage joined AAF in November’ 2010 as the Chief Manager Operations and the Head of Recoveries since the 1st of January 2013 to 31st March’2016. Presently he is the Head of Internal Audit. He is responsible for implementing, assuring the Internal Controls, procedures and Policies of the company and reporting to the Audit Committee. Mr. Liyanage brings a wealth of experience in Finance, Auditing, Merchant Banking, Branch operations and in Islamic Finance gained from his experience of over 32 years in the finance industry. Mr. Liyanage received his MBA from the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, an Executive Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Colombo, Diploma in Management from Open University of Sri Lanka and is an Associate of the Institute of Cost & Executive Accountants -UK. Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia. Licentiate level of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Further, He holds a Diploma in Credit Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka
Mr. Hantley Babapulle has a career spanning 44 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 vast 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.
Mr. Sajith Atapattu joined Asia Asset Finance in April 2010. At Asia Asset Finance Mr. Atapattu has worked with the Credit, Recovery, and Administration and Operations departments. Prior to working at Asia Asset Finance he has worked in the UK financial services sector where he was in the involved in projects to improve financial inclusion within the non-banking population in the society. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Keele - UK.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Sisira Mudalige brings in diverse and a rich portfolio of experience. 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 and a strategy for 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 – from the Keele University, Staffordshire UK (2009) and has successfully completed Certificate & Lower Managerial Levels in CIMA
Mr.Praveen Peiris joined Asia Asset Finance PLC in January 2014 and has over 12 years of Financial and Treasury experience. He started his career at a Global Audit Firm in 2004 and joined the Non-Banking Financial Sector in 2008. Prior to joining Asia Asset Finance PLC, he worked as Manager – Treasury of a listed finance company. He has the expertise in Treasury Management including Strategic Risk Management, Asset –Liability Management and Cash Management. He is Competent in Operational Management and has the capacity of handling financing of high value projects. He is a Finalist at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K.