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Mr. Sarath Wikramanayake

Chairman

Mr. Wikramanayake is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked with the Bank of Butterfield, a Bermuda-based international bank for 19 years, where he reached the position of Executive Vice-President. During his tenure in Bermuda, he successfully directed the operations of banks and other financial institutions in Bermuda and five other countries including England and Hong Kong. Since returning to Sri Lanka, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Union Assurance Limited, a leading Insurance Company in Sri Lanka. He served as President of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka in 2002. He is currently engaged in providing consulting services to the Financial Services, Insurance and ICT Industries. Mr. Wikramanayake currently serves as Director of two listed companies, viz., National Development Bank PLC and Orient Finance PLC. He is currently the Chairman of the NDB Investment Bank and NDB Wealth Management Limited. He also serves on several other Boards of Directors.

Mr. Mohammad Al Maruf Khan, ICAEW

Vice Chairman

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Mr. Mohammad Al Maruf Khan is a fellow member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK and holds post graduation in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto, Canada. Mr. Khan served two terms as the President of the Chittagong Stock Exchange ( 2012, 2013 – Feb 2014). He successfully spearheaded the demutualization process of the stock exchange. Mr. Khan served as a member in many committees of the stock exchanges including trading and development committee, capital market development committee, budget committee, compliance committee, listing committee, administrative committee etc. Mr. Al Maruf Khan served as a Director to the Board of Directors of Janata Bank Limited. He was the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Janata Bank Ltd. He was the Bangladesh correspondent of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, the Netherlands. He also served as the Chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), apex body of 36 Exchanges of SAARC region, during 2013-2014.

Mr. C. M. Alam

Vice Chairman

Mr. Alam is the former Managing Director of The Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (where International Finance Corporation (IFC), Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) and DEG were shareholders) and the former Chairman of National Housing Finance and Investments Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Dhaka and a Post Graduate qualification in Social Planning for Developing Countries from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has extensive working experience and exposure in foreign counties like England, Riyadh and Bahrain.

Mr Dimantha Seneviratne

Director

Mr Dimantha Seneviratne joined National Development Bank PLC as its Chief Executive Officer/Director on 1 January 2017. He counts more than 26 years of experience in the Banking industry, of which the last 3 years were with Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) where he functioned as Director / CEO. He was instrumental in turning around PABC and transforming it into a high performing mid sized player in the industry.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years with the HSBC Group, where he held key senior management positions including several senior overseas postings covering Thailand, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. His last posting with the HSBC Group was as the Chief Risk Officer, Thailand (2011 – 2013). Prior to that he was the Chief Risk Officer Sri Lanka / Maldives (2008 – 2011). He was also the Chief Risk Officer of HSBC Bangladesh in 2010. At HSBC, he was responsible for credit growth, strategy and governance in those respective geographies as a member of the country leadership team. He has gained extensive exposure in Corporate Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Credit Risk Management, Operations and Market Risk, Internal Control, Investment Banking and Finance.

Mr Seneviratne commenced his banking career with Sampath Bank and has also served in Overseas Trust Bank, Colombo Branch and Saudi British Bank prior to joining HSBC.

Mr. Seneviratne holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, and BSc, from the same University. He is a Fellow Member (FIB) of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and a Post Graduate Diploma Holder in computer system design from the NIBM. He successfully completed the High Potential Leadership Programme at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, in 2016.

A Past President of The Association of Professional Bankers (APB) Sri Lanka, he has held various positions in the Executive Council of APB for over a decade including the posts of Secretary General (2008 -2009) and Senior Vice President (2009 – 2010).

He currently functions as a Director of Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd and a Director of the Credit Information Bureau – Sri Lanka.

Mr. Vajira Kulatilaka

Director

Mr. Kulatilaka is a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK and a CFA Charterholder. He worked for several years as a Project Management Specialist at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and prior to joining NDB Investment Bank (NDBIB), was the CEO of CKN Fund Management (Pvt.) Limited (an Associate Company of Franklin Templeton Group of USA). Mr. Kulatilaka became the CEO of NDBIB in January 2003 and since then has provided leadership to many activities undertaken by the company. Under the leadership of Mr. Kulatilaka, NDBIB was able to perform the two largest initial public offerings in the Sri Lankan capital market -Dialog Telekom PLC and Lanka IOC PLC and the largest ever equity raising in local market via the rights issue of Dialog Telekom PLC, amongst other diverse investment banking transactions in different sectors. Presently he is the CEO of Investment Banking cluster of NDB Group, leading the teams of Investment Banking (Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), stock broking and fund management.

Mr. Darshan Perera

Director

Mr. Darshan Perera is the Director of NDB Capital Limited, Bangladesh. He also serves NDB Investment Bank Limited, Sri Lanka in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Darshan joined the NDB Group in 2001 and has been heading its Investment Banking arm since 2009. He counts for over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector covering areas of investment banking, corporate finance and commercial banking. He has to his credit, led teams that have successfully managed a large number of IPOs, most of which have achieved record breaking results, and other funds raising deals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science and an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He also holds CIMA qualification.”

Mr. Hafiz Firoz Choudhury

Director

Hafiz Choudhury is an international tax consultant and entrepreneur. He works with major multinationals on tax policy and business strategy issues; he also advises governments on tax policy and administration through his consulting firm, The M Group, Inc. (www.mgroupglobal.com.).  He has worked in locations as diverse as India, Qatar, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Seychelles, Pakistan, Romania, Mongolia, Latvia and China. His software business builds international tax and trade decision support, modeling and analysis tools (www.reganalytics.com).

He serves on the Extractive Industries Taxation Subcommittee and the Transfer Pricing Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee of Taxation Experts, and was the general editor of the UN Transfer Pricing Manual. He has been involved in significant research tasks in international taxation, often working jointly with senior experts such as Dr. Jeffrey Owens (former director the OECD’s tax function), Prof. Richard Bird, Mr. Dave Hartnett (former Chairman, UK HMRC) and Mr. Pascal Lamy (former Director General of WTO).

Prior to starting his own business, he was with IBFD, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he held a variety of roles such as head of the Asia-Pacific/Middle East team, director of business development, and GM of the Americas business. In his time there, he moved from the tax consulting and content creation side to roles in product management, sales and business development. He was later IBFD’s nominee to work for Orbitax, a tax software company founded through a combination of assets from IBFD and a private business. He graduated from London University with a Masters degree in International Relations, and joined HM Board of Inland Revenue in the UK (now HMRC), where he received his professional tax training. He is currently based in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Zakia Chowdhury

Director

Mrs. Zakia Chowdhury is the Chairperson of the Continental Group, one of the pioneers in the shipping business in Bangladesh. Continental Group has expanded into one of the leading business houses in Bangladesh in the last four decades and founded the first private sector dock and logistics centre in the country, and represents several of the leading shipping companies in the world.

Mr. Kanti Kumar Saha

Managing Director & CEO

Mr. Kanti Kumar Saha represents the board as director in the capacity of Managing Director and CEO. Prior to joining NDB Capital, Mr. Kumar was the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of Prime Bank Limited. Previously, he also served Citibank N.A., Bangladesh as Director & Head of Global Corporate Bank.

Kanti holds a Bachelor and Masters in Social Science in Economics from University of Dhaka. He also did a Postgraduate Management Degree from The Nottingham Trent University, U.K.

During his more than 20 years in banking, Mr. Kumar worked with Prime Bank Limited, AB Bank Limited, Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank N.A. His works in Corporate & Institutional Banking, Public Sector and Offshore Banking have earned many laurels for him. He also attended developmental assignments in India and Thailand.

Mr. Kumar attended a number of training courses, workshops and seminars in Risk Management, Leadership, Relationship Management and International Trade at home and abroad. He is also a Certified Trade Expert by Standard Chartered Bank.