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Mr.R.H.Meewakkala Dr. R. H. Meewakkala ( Chairman / Non–Executive / Independent Director )

Dr. R. H. Meewakkala was appointed as the Chairman of HDFC Bank with effect from 01 October 2018.

Dr. Meewakkala was appointed as a Board Member of the HDFC Bank in June 2015.

Dr. Meewakkala is a professional marketer, has a PG Dip from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, an MSc in International Marketing from the University of Stratchclyde along with a Phd from the University of Honalulu. His career in the marketing profession spans 25 years of which 19 years was at the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC), where he was the Marketing Director and also sat on the Executive Committee of the company.

His international experience covers a 3 years stint working as the Head of Brand Marketing, for British American Tobacco, Cambodia and Laos. He was also a member of the South Asia Marketing Leadership team for British American Tobacco. He left the Ceylon Tobacco Company in September 2015, and in October 2015 was appointed CEO of Lanka Sathosa by the Minister of Industry and Commerce to manage the biggest retail operation run by the Government, which has stores island wide. He left Lanka Sathosa in November 2016 and started his own marketing consultancy company. He was appointed, as Chairman of State Development & Construction Corporation an institution under the Ministry of Housing & Construction.

Dr. Meewakkala is also a non-executive director at Ceylon Beverage Holdings and Ceylon Brewery Ltd from 01st October 2017.

Mr.galhena Mr. L. S. Palansuriya ( Non–Executive / Non-Independent Director )

Mr. Luckvijaya Sagara Palansuriya has been worked in the housing and settlement sector for the last 3, 1/2 decades.

He was appointed a Manager of the National Housing Development Authority in 1984 and was promoted to Senior Manager, Deputy General Manager and General Manager positions. From 1985 onwards he was a member of the Sri Lankan delegation for the UN Habitat Annual Conference and he worked in the housing and settlement sector for the last 30 years. In 2011 Mr. Palansuriya was appointed as a Consultant to the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities and later he was appointed as a Consultant for the National Housing Secretariat. He has been a member of National Housing Policy Committee and during that period he worked as a Senior Editor in the Editorial Panel of Documentation of National Housing Policy.

Currently he is working as the Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority and the Board of Directors of the Urban Development Authority, Urban Settlement Development Authority and Ocean view Development Company (Pvt.) Ltd., Tea, Rubber & Coconut Estates Control of Fragmentation Board and Sevana Board of Management.

Mr. Palansuriya holds a general Degree from the University of Peradeniya (1972) and he received a Higher Diploma from the University of Philippines, Manila on industrial development information in 1982 when he worked in the Industrial Development Board of Sri Lanka. In 2005 he received a Diploma from the Civil College of Singapore in the year 2009.

Mr. Palansuriya has written various publications, articles and reports on housing and settlement in Sri Lanka since 1985 to date.

Mr.galhena Mrs. R.A. Chulananda ( Non–Executive / Independent Director )

Mrs. R.A. Chulananda was appointed as a Board Member of the HDFC Bank in August 2016.

Mrs. Chulananda (Special Grade SLAS Officer) is presently working as the Additional Secretary (Housing and Development) in the Ministry of Housing and Construction. She started her career as an Assistant Secretary at the Colombo Municipal Council, in 1991.

Thereafter she held many posts as an Assistant Divisional Secretary of the Divisional Secretariats Kahawaththa and Imbulpe, Assistant District Secretary of District Secretariat Anuradhapura, Divisional Secretary of the Divisional Secretariats Soranathota and Thimbirigasyaya, and the Director of the Women’s Bureau of Sri Lanka of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and a Master of Public Administration from the Post Graduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Mr. L. S. Palansuriya Mr. N. Wijeyanathan ( Non–Executive / Independent Director )

Mr. Nirupan Wijeyanathan holds a Masters in Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. His insights are backed by over 26 years of experience in Banking & Financial Services covering General Banking, Treasury and Money Brokering. This covers 11 years at Citi Bank N.A. Sri Lanka in the capacity of Vice President – Head Global Markets Corporate Sales & Structuring. He has vast experience in trading in Foreign Exchange / Money Market / Fixed Income (Debt Securities) Instruments and Customer Structuring & Advisory. He has been the President of Sri Lanka Forex Association from 2007-09 and has been in the Executive Committee for more than 12 years. He is an old boy of S.Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia.

Mr.galhena Mr. J. Rohan U. De Silva( Non–Executive / Independent Director )

Mr. Rohan De Silva has over forty years of experience in management, in the mercantile and government sector. He is a specialist in shipping, marine, aviation and hotels business processes with a vast knowledge in the implementation of pioneering business ventures and the innovation of professional services in the mercantile sector.

Mr. De Silva is currently the Chairman of the McLarens Group of Companies, one of the biggest diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka. He also holds the title of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Namibia in Sri Lanka. Mr. De Silva is a member of both the Ceylon Association of Ships Agents Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council on Ports, Shipping and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Ports & Shipping.

In the past, he served as a member of the Presidential Task Force to formulate shipping policy, a Director of Sri Lanka Telecom, a Director of Road Development Authority and as a Director of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited. Mr. De Silva also served on the Audit Committee of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited.

Mr. De Silva has received several awards recognizing his services and contribution to the Sri Lankan Shipping Industry including a special award at the Colombo International Maritime Conference 2015 and special recognition as a ‘Shipping Personality’, by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK – Sri Lanka Branch.

He was also awarded the “Central Bank Governor’s Challenge Trophy – 2012” for Global Commerce Excellence.

DR.Gunawardana DR. K. D. Gunawardana(Non- Executive, Independent Director)

Prof. Dr. Kennedy D. Gunawardana is Professor of Accounting Information Systems at the Department of Accounting, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

In addition to being the professor of Accounting in his Department, he is the Chairman of the Board of studies and Coordinator of the PhD in Management Program of Management, Faculty of Management studies and Commerce in the same University. He teaches Cost and Management Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Artificial Neural Networks for Accounting and Research Methodology in Accounting and Finance for the undergraduates and Postgraduates students.

Prof. Gunawardana worked in several public sector and private sector organization as Chairman and presently, he is Board member of the Post Graduate Institute of Sri Jayewardenepura (PIM) and member of the Syndicate Committee of Institute of Human Resource Advancement, University of Colombo (IHRS).

Prof. Gunawardana is the first Sri Lankan who made link with Artificial Intelligence to the Field of Accounting and Finance for Corporate sector predictions, he has developed new course unit called, artificial neural network for accounting and it is very popular course among the University students today.

Prof. Gunawardana is working as a Visiting Faculty member of the University of Moratuwa, University of Kalaniya and University of Colombo in their MBA programme in the area of Accounting, Management Information Systems and Research Methodology. With over 100 research articles published in refereed conferences proceedings, numerous other papers and monographs, 6 text books in English and 3 books in Sinhala, 2 chapters of the International books come under his credentials. Prof. Gunawardana ranks in the top number one in teaching, training and research in the field of Academia. At the moment he is serving as senior professor of Accounting Information Systems in University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

MRS. Noor MRS. Noor Rizna Anees(Non- Executive, Independent Director)

Mrs. Noor Rizna Anees has been appointed as a Board of Member of the HDFC on 25.03.2019. Mrs. Anees is currently working as the Director General of the Department of Development Finance, Ministry of Finance. She started her career as an Assistant Director Sri Lanka Planning Service at the Department of National Planning, Ministry of Policy Planning and Implementation from 1994.

Then she continued her career as the Deputy Director of the Department of Development Finance, until 2011 and Director (2011- 2016) and Additional Director General (2016 – 2019) of the Department of External Resources. Accordingly, she has more than 25 years’ experience in the government service. She has also experiences in the executing and implementing projects in various capacities relating to micro, small and medium enterprises and rural finance funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and etc.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) Degree from the University of Peradeniya, a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Studies from the University of Colombo and a Master of Science in Agricultural Science from the Nagoya University, Japan. Currently she is reading a Doctorate of Business Administration at the Cambridge College, Asian University, Malaysia.

She has completed Microfinance Training of Trainers Blended Distance Learning Course offered through the Global Development Learning Network, conducted by SLIDA in collaboration with multilateral development partners and Training of Trainers (TOT) on Public Private Partnership (Basic Level , Intermediate Level and High Level) organized by USAID in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. In addition, she has participated in many international and local training programmes on project management, micro finance, SME, financial market, infrastructure project planning and etc.

She has experience in serving as a treasury representative at various Director Boards, and technical evaluation committees.

MRS. Noor DR. S. NEAVIS MORAIS(Non- Executive, Independent Director)

Dr. Neavis Morais, is a Development Economist with wide international exposure. He completed his Ph.D at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand through an ADB Award, and the Master’s Degree in Economics at the University of Colombo. Currently he serves at the Open University of Sri Lanka as the Head of the Department of Social Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

He has extensive experience in teaching, research, academic administration and national development frontiers and remains actively involved in policy development work of the United Nations System, the private sector, the Non- governmental organizations both local and international and the public sector. Working in the broad frontier of post war economic transformation, his inputs have been positively acclaimed by professional teams involved in the Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Program since 2014.

He has also taken a keen interest in practical measures that can be taken in empowering people through Micro Finance Programs and was instrumental in developing a major university program in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in empowering bank officers in the Regional level development banking sector. Among the other Programs he has engineered, the Micro Finance Research Program together with the University of Lund in Sweden is noteworthy. He has also internationally represented issues relating to Sri Lankan Youth development training in global conferences in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Uganda and in other countries.

Dr. Morais has experience in working for conflict affected people particularly in projects aimed at uplifting their livelihoods. This enables him to relate to the socio-economic burdens of the marginalized countrywide not only from a scholarly point of view but from the standpoint of someone who experienced war torn conditions. He is a firm believer in holistic development of mankind with a proper balance between physical and material development and spiritual and cultural development.