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Management Team

M.M. Attanayake

Chief Executive Officer

M.M. Attanayake

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Attanayake is an experienced Central Banker with a wide range of exposure in the fields of microfinance, small and medium enterprise financing. In addition to his experience as a senior officer in various departments of the Central Bank, he has served in the Nuwara Eliya Regional Bank as Chairman, Chief Technical Advisor to a microfinance project in Papua New Guinea, implemented by the UNDP, and Advisor to the SME Bank. He is a professionally qualified international microfinance trainer. He has served as a Director up to end of March 2019 and continues to be the CEO of Lak Jaya since 2009. He also has long experience as visiting lecturer in several Sri Lankan Universities, Private Academic Institutions and as a resource person in the Centre for Banking Studies of the Central Bank and several other institutions. He has also worked as a Director of the National Development Trust Fund, the leading wholesale fund provider for the microfinance sector in Sri Lanka. He was a Director of the Lanka Microfinance Practitioners’ Association in the capacity of Treasurer, Vice President Secretary and Hon. President. Mr. Attanayake has received his first degree in economics from University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Statistics from Vidyodaya University and Master of Economics from Monash University, Australia.

Sajibur Rahman

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Sajibur Rahman

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr Rahman has twenty-seven years of experience in the field of microfinance. His experience as a senior official in various entities of ASA International includes, Deputy Managing Director in ASA Sierra Leone, Operations Manager in ASA Savings & Loans, Ghana, Cluster Coordinator in ASA Pakistan, Microfinance & Delinquency Management expert in CMI Lanka Holdings Ltd and various positions in ASA Bangladesh since 1993 to 2007. He is an expert in the ASA Model, Operations Management, including developing and implementing organizational policies and procedures and systems, capacity building, including designing and implementing training programs, project design and management in the field of microfinance and emergency response, implementing business plan and projection. He has been serving as Deputy Chief Executive officer of Lak Jaya since 2019. He has obtained a Master of Business Administration in Management. He has completed several training programmes on Clients Protection Principal, Data Protection Principals, Entrepreneurship, Credit Reference Bureau, Central Information Bureau and Empowerment, Leadership & Communication Skills by the Bank of Ghana, Ghana Invest Promotion centre, Bank of Sierra Leone & The Ghana Association of Savings and Loans Companies.

Susantha Suraweera

Chief Operations Officer

Susantha Suraweera

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Suraweera is one of the founders of Ceylinco Grameen Credit Company Limited. He was Director Operations of the Grameen Group from 1997 to 2005. In 2006 he joined Lak Jaya as the Head of Operations and became a consultant in 2008. He was appointed as the Chief Operations Officer in 2019. He obtained his B.A. from university of Peradeniya in 1994 and P. Ph. from Urubanian University in Rome in 1986 and B. Th. from the same university in 1990. He has a post graduate diploma in Textile management from the University of Moratuwa. He has successfully completed Microfinance Training of Trainers conducted by Planet Finance and GTZ in 2005 and Changing the Developing Markets, a microfinance training programme from the School of Finance and Management in Frankfurt, Germany in 2007.

Pradeep Kumara

Head of Field Operations

Pradeep Kumara

Head of Field Operations

Mr. Kumara has vast experience in community development and micro finance. From 1995 to 1997 he worked as Project Coordinator of 3 projects implemented by Praja Sanvidhana Jathika Sansadaya (NGO). The 3 projects were day banking, nutrition and health and garbage and paper recycling. In 1997 he joined the Fisheries Bank Project of the Ministry of Fisheries as Manager of a Fisheries Bank. In 2001 he joined Prajasahana Padanama, a NGO, and worked as project coordinator. In 2006 he joined Lak Jaya Micro. He was as Branch Manager from 2006 to 2007 and got promoted to District Manager in 2007. In 2009, he was promoted to Central Monitor’s grade and in 2010 he was promoted to Head of Operations. Mr. Kumara has passed his GCE A/L and completed two parts of B. A. Degree in Sri Jayawardenapua University. He has obtained a Diploma of Microfinance from University of Colombo in 2011.

Minhaj Hussain

IT Manager

Minhaj Hussain

IT Manager

Mr. Hussain was employed as a Project Manager at Virtusa Pvt Ltd., a NASDAQ quoted company, before starting at Lak Jaya in 2009. He holds a Professional Diploma in Information Technology from British Computer Society and relevant certifications in the field of Information Technology. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT Industry, with experience in IT Infrastructure Management, Network Administration, Systems Administration, Software and Database Development and Training.

Sarath Edirisinghe

Head of Administration and Human Resources

Sarath Edirisinghe

Head of Administration and Human Resources

Mr. Edirisinghe holds a B. A. Degree in Social Science from Colombo University. He started his career as business promotion executive in Janashakthi Insurance Company in 2001. From 2003 to 2007 he served as a Regional Manager and a member of the Board of Directors of Development Financial Cooperation Ltd., which provided micro finance services in 8 districts. In 2007 he joined Lak Jaya as a District Manager and in 2010 he was promoted as Central Monitor. In 2016 he was appointed as Head of Training of Lak Jaya. He has undergone training in the fields of Business Promotion, Credit Operations and a Microfinance Training programme conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 2010. He has successfully completed a postgraduate diploma in Applied Sociology at Colombo University, and Microfinance Training of Trainers course at the Asian Development Bank Institute. He completed the Credit Risk and Delinquency Management training course in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019.

Lakmini Dissanayake ACA

Accountant

Lakmini Dissanayake ACA

Accountant

Ms. Dissanayake is a Senior Accountant by profession. She has qualified as Associate Chartered Accountant. She has obtained her first degree from University of Sri Jayawardenapua in Business Administration in 2011 with 2nd lower class honours. She has work experience in KPMG, a leading Audit firm for 3 years from 2011 to 2014. She has served in Lak Jaya since 2014.

Shantha Bandara Herath

Audit Manager

Shantha Bandara Herath

Audit Manager

Mr. Herath has two years of experience as Branch Manager in Lak Jaya, 10 years of experience in the internal audit department, five years as Assistant manager internal audit and five years as Internal audit manager. He has followed Business level in Chartered accountants of Sri Lanka and completed the intermediate level under the old syllabus in the same institution. Mr. Herath has a bachelor degree in Economics Special at University of Peradeniya (2007) and he also completed the advanced network and file sharing computer certificate course conducted by Arthur C Clack Training canter in Moratuwa. Furthermore, he has successfully completed ICT Skills Development of Undergraduate in Arts, Commerce & Management Streams, Web Designing & Development Course, at the Information Technology Centre, University of Peradeniya.

Kalani Dharmadasa ACA

Chief Financial Officer

Kalani Dharmadasa ACA

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Kalanai Dharmadasa has Joined Lak Jaya in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. She has over 11 years of Auditing, Accounting, Tax & Finance Experience in various industries. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka since 2012 and holds a B.Sc. Accounting (Special) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Mahinda Pushpakumara

Deputy Head of Operations

Mahinda Pushpakumara

Deputy Head of Operations

Mr. Mahinda Pushpakumara has passed his Advanced Level in Commerce from Kingswood College, Kandy and followed the first year of Chartered Accountancy. He has completed level 1 of AAT. He completed a Diploma in Primary School Education at Open University. He has also successfully completed a certificate course in micro finance. He joined Lak Jaya in 2006 as a Branch Manager, was promoted to District Manager in 2008 and later got promoted to a central monitor, Internal Auditor in 2010 and Deputy Manager of Field Operations in 2015. From 1996 to 2008 he was amongst others a Training Officer of Buddhidana Sanvidanaya, a NGO, General Manager Wayamba Grama Sanwardhana Cooperative Society, Executive Officer of Rural development and Credit Financial Limited and Institution Specialist of the Gamidiriya World Bank Project in Sri Lanka. He has experience in the field of microfinance for more than 18 years.

Sumith Rohana

Manager Field operations

Sumith Rohana

Manager Field operations

Mr. Rohana holds a B. A. Degree from Sri Jayawardhanapura University. He received a diploma in Micro Finance at the University of Colombo. He has followed a number of training programmes at local training institutions. He started his career at Lak Jaya as a Branch Manager in 2006 and in 2008 he was promoted to District manager. At present, he is working as a Field Manager attached to the Central Monitoring team. He has experience in the field of microfinance for more than 14 years.

Board of directors

Dirk Brouwer

Dirk Brouwer

Dirk Brouwer co-founded ASA International in 2007 and has since served as the company’s Executive Director. He is also the Managing Director of Catalyst Microfinance Investors, which he co-founded in 2006. With over 20 years of experience in investment banking, and 11 in microfinance, he has held several senior and supervisory positions, having acted as a board member of CMI and Founder and Managing Director of Sequoia which he founded in 2002. Prior to this, he spent 14 years working at Merrill Lynch and PaineWebber.

Md. Enamul Haque

Md. Enamul Haque

Md. Enamul Haque is the Founder and Ex-Chairman of Credit and Development Forum and has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Group since 2008. Mr Haque has over 39 years of experience in the microfinance industry. Between 1987 and 2008, Mr Haque served in various leadership positions within ASA Bangladesh including Associate Coordinator, General Manager and Executive Vice President. He also led the ASA Bangladesh partnership program where he provided technical services to 32 NGOs or microfinance institutions in Bangladesh. Prior to working with ASA Bangladesh, Mr Haque served as a Field Coordinator for nine years at Proshika Human Development Center from 1978 to 1987. Mr Haque has also worked as a consultant in various organisations such as Save the Children (USA)-Jordan, UNDP-Bangladesh, CARITAS-Bangladesh, Plan International-Bangladesh, UNDP MicroStart Program- Philippines, Life Bank Foundation Inc-Philippines, Bank of Khyber-Pakistan, Facet BV-Netherlands, CORDAID-Bangladesh, SFD-Yemen, Kashf Foundation-Pakistan, UNDP-Nigeria, Bandhan-India, MISFA-Afghanistan, MBK-Indonesia, World Bank-Eritrea and many other local non-governmental organisations. Mr Haque is currently a board member of seven of the Group’s microfinance institutions and a governing body member of ASA Bangladesh.

Mohammed Azim Hossain

Mohammed Azim Hossain

Mr Azim Hossain has served as the Director of Investment, Treasury and Risk Management at the Group since 2005. Mr Hossain has over 34 years of experience in the microfinance industry and worked at ASA Bangladesh from 1984 to 2005 where he has held several positions including Director of Finance & MIS and Senior Finance Professional. While at ASA Bangladesh, Mr Hossain was in charge of its NGO Partnership Programme, whereby local NGO microfinance institutions received technical and financial support from ASA Bangladesh. Mr Hossain also established ASA Bangladesh’s finance and MIS systems and was involved in the design, development and implementation of products such as small and medium-sized enterprise loans, savings and insurance. Mr Hossain was actively involved in the development and design of AMMS at ASA Bangladesh. He has also assisted in the establishment of risk management frameworks and provided training on financial management and information systems at ASA Bangladesh. He has provided technical support in the microfinance industry to various microfinance institutions in countries including Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Indonesia. He has also worked with the UNDP MicroStart program in the Philippines and Nigeria where he was responsible for development, product and services, financial management, performance analysis and business planning. Mr Hossain received his Master of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Dhaka in 1984 and served as a DANIDA fellow on “Project Management” at the Aarhus Technical College in Denmark.

Ariyaseela De S Wickremanayake

Ariyaseela De S Wickremanayake

Mr. Wickremanayake is Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Master Divers (Pvt.) Ltd., Chairman of Pelwatte Diary Industries, Director to the Board of Aitken Spence Plantation, Director of Bogawantalawa Plantations Ltd and Director of Pelwatte Sugar Colombo PLC. He has vast experience in the corporate sector, having pioneered many companies and served on the board of many others. Recently he was appointed as the Chairman of Mawbima Lanka Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Sri Lanka goods. In the state sector, his experience was sought by the Government to help to run the National Livestock Development Board and the State Engineering Corporation where he served as Chairman of these two institutions, at difference times. He is also a Council Member of the Uva Wellassa University and of the National Institute of Fisheries and Nautical Engineering. Mr. Wickremanayake has published a book Why Hambantota (Regarding Port of Hambantota).

Ms. Amaratunga

Ms. Amaratunga

Ms. Amaratunga has over 28 years of experience in Merchant Banking and Finance Industries. She served as Head of several divisions of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC such as Treasury, Trade Finance, Credit Administration, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Merger Implementation and Compliance Divisions. She also has extensive experience in Credit Management, Recoveries, Balance Scorecard Performance Management System Mergers & Acquisition processes, Restructuring, Finance and Cost Accounting and Human Resources. Until 2018, she was the Senior Deputy General Manager / Compliance of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka and oversaw Credit Administration, Risk Management and Compliance Divisions and Strategic Planning process of the Company. She holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (University of Sri Jayewardenepura) and a Postgraduate Diploma Level Certificate for Modern Commercial Banking from PIM. She also holds a B. Com (Special) Degree from University of Jayewardenepura. Currently she serves as a Management Consultant and an independent Board Director.