Mr. Udaya Bandara
Mr. Udaya Bandara currently performs his duties as the Chief Executive Officer of the Arthavida Intermediary Company Ltd (AIL), which has been operated in the Micro Finance industry in Sri Lanka in a successful manner nearly thirty years period.
Before joining to Arthavida Intermediary Limited, Mr. Bandara carried out his duties more than five years period as the Chief Executive officer/ General Manager of Sri Lanka Savings Bank (SLSB) which is mainly catering as a Government Bank for the Development of Micro Finance as well as the Small and Medium Sector (SME) industry in Sri Lanka. After his retirement from SLSB he worked as the Management consultant to one of the leading Vehicle Spare parts importers in Sri Lanka and then he joined as the Chief Executive Officer of Arthavida Intermediary Co. Limited.
Mr Bandara has gained a vast experience & exposure mainly in relation to the field of Micro Financing, project financing, SME sector Financing, Development Finance, Rural credit activities as well as in all kind of Retail credit activates in different kind of Leading Government and the private sector Banks such as National savings Bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd and Union Bank of Colombo PLC. His total years of banking experience counts more than thirty four years.
In Sri Lanka savings Bank Mr. Bandara Started SME Lending Business activities and introduced several Innovative products in relation to the SME as well as Micro Finance and Savings Deposits enabling the Bank to increase the market share & make more profit. Likewise in Union Bank he commenced the SME, Agriculture and Micro Finance Department being headed introducing many more credit lines and new products.
He has successfully completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Wayamba university of Sri Lanka. And also he has gained several other professional qualifications such as Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Bank Management (IBSL), Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Business Management ( Wayamba University), Post Graduate Executive Diploma In Micro Finance in ( SLFI),Diploma In Agriculture(SLSA),Diploma In Credit Management (IBSL) etc.
He also has been privileged to participate many more local and international seminars, conferences & Trainings especially in respect of the areas in Rural Credit, Business & Bank Management., Improving the productivity & the Quality assurance in SME projects etc. and various other disciplines in Japan, Singapore, India and China.
Mr. Bandara’s Local and international experience, knowledge & the exposure in Micro Finance and the Network connections would be immensely valued to the LMFPA.
Mr. Gnanasiri Abewardhana counts more than 20 years of experience in financial service sector having commenced his career at Central Finance in 1995 and afterwards serving at People Leasing where he setup their respective leasing divisions & branch network. Later on He joined Asset Line Company Ltd in 2005 as Assistant Manager to steer the financial service cluster of the David Pieris Motor Company. He was promoted as Regional manager until 2008. He monitored & covered Branch Administration, Marketing function (Leasing Hire purchase, loan) & Recovery function in the following areas: Jaffna Mannar,Vavniya, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa, Kuliyapitiya, Rathnapura & Matara.
Mr. Abeywardhana holds a Bsc Management Degree from University of Jayewardenepura. Currently he is the Vice President of Alumni Association of Public Administration Department in Sri Jayawardhanapura University and also an active Executive committee member in the Alumni Association of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Currently he is working as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer in Dumbara Micro Credit since 2015.
Mr. Priyantha Dematagoda is the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Sewa Community Credit Limited, is a Professional Banker with 23 years of Commercial Banking experience. He was a Faculty member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL), Center for Banking Studies CBSL, and also serves as Trainer in various disciplines in banking at many Private and Government Commercial Banks in Sri Lanka. He is also a Certified Trainer in Microfinance by Frankfurt School for Finance and Management. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. He also holds a Diploma in Human Rights (Institute of Human Rights Sri Lanka). He has also undergone professional training at National University of Singapore (NUS), and with the Association for Development Financing in Asia and Pacific (ADFIAP) and University of Sri Jayawardhanapura. Mr. Dematagoda was a Past President 2021/22, and has previously served as LMFPA Treasurer 2017/2018 and Vice President 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.
Mr. Nirmalan Nayagam is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sejaya Microcredit Limited. Prior to this, he has been in the microfinance industry for about 15 years, first as the Chief Financial Officer at VisionFund Lanka and as a Regional Finance Director at VisionFund International, covering both Asia and Eastern Europe regions. He holds a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK
Ms. Tharanga Ileperuma is the General Manager and Executive Director of Agro Micro Investments Limited and holds the Directorship of Agro Micro Foundation (Guarantee) Limited. She started her career in 2004 joining to the Micro Finance industry. During her career over 14 years she has experience in Accounting, Auditing, Finance Management, Human resource Management and Administration.
She holds the membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sri Lanka as the Certified Business Accountant, and the membership of the Institute of AAT –SL. She completed the Post-graduate Diploma from Cardiff Metropolitan University-UK and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sunderland – UK. She also has undergone trainings on Micro Finance in IBSL.
Mr. Anura Atapattu is the Managing Director of Berendina Micro Investment Company (BMIC. He is also the Chairman of two other organizations in the Berendina group namely Berendina Development Services (Gte) Limited (BDS) and Berendina Emplyment Centre (Gte) Ltd (BEC). He was also served as the Chief Executive Officer – Sarvodaya Rural Enterprises Development Services (REDS) and the Deputy Managing Director of Sarvodaya Economic Enterprises Development Services (Guarantee) Ltd (SEEDS). He had been in a Board member of SEEDS, BDS, BEC, BMIC, and LMFPA for many years. He has been the founding Chairman of Development Facilitators Limited a consulting, training and research provider for Microfinance, MSME and other development spheres in Sri Lanka and abroad. He is a consultant in profession and has undertaken many assignments nationally and internationally and has represented Sri Lanka development sector in many local international conferences, seminars and events. He hold a B. Sc. (Agric),Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) – University of Lincoln – UK. His local and international professional experience, exposure and networking is of great value to LMFPA
Mr. Priyantha Gunawardhana is the Managing Director of Pragathi Sewa Foundation in the Anuradhapura district. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education. He has also undergone training on Institutional Development and Organizational Management, Financial Management, Financial Analysis, Delinquency Management and Participatory Rural Appraisal. He also has international exposure on microfinance and has undergone training in in Bangladesh, Italy and India. He is a very experienced trainer and microfinance practitioner.
Ms. Kamani Chandrika commenced working in the field of microfinance sector since 1999 after joining the Women Development Federation (WDF) in Hambantota. She worked nearly 7 years under this reputed organization and received valuable experiences in terms of women development, poverty reduction, child development and community related concepts and issues. Finally she was appointed as a Manager of WDF. In 2005 she joined the Institute for Development of Community Strengths (INDECOS) as the Project Manager of Women Entrepreneurship Program (WEP) which started to support women victims of Tsunami disaster. She was able to develop Women Development Program as a Women Entrepreneurship Program with many concepts. The project has been converted as a model micro finance program.
Ms. Kamani visited Canada to study a women development program in Montreal. Subsequently she accompanied a group of INDECOS staff to Bangladesh under a study tour. She visited the famous Organization called BRACK and Gramin Bank to learn more concepts. In Thailand she observed a number of areas to study women projects.
She became a trainer of SIYB. Currently she is working as the Senior Project Manager of INDECOS WEP Project. She is an active participant of LMFPA.
Mr Felician Jayakody counts over 30 years of experience in banking having served international and local banks. Presently he is attached to Lanka Credit & Business Finance PLC in the capacity of Deputy General Manager – Credit
He has experience in Credit, Branch Banking, Trade Finance, Corporate/SME Banking, Leasing, Project Financing, Relationship Banking, Micro Credit, Risk Management, Treasury, Process Development & Re-Engineering, Audit, Credit Administration, Recoveries, Islamic Banking, Compliance and FCBU.
He started his career at Hatton National Bank where he served for 11 years and moved to Nations Trust Bank as Branch Manager.
Prior to joining Emirates NDB Bank in the UAE, he was the Regional Manager at Pan Asia Banking Corporation.
Having returned to Sri Lanka from the UAE in June 2012, Mr. Felician had functioned as Head of Corporate Banking / FCBU (WR) in Amana Bank PLC before joining Sarvodaya Development Finance
He has completed the Credit Management Diploma (IBSL), Diploma in International Factoring – UAE, Diploma in Computer Studies. He has a BSc in Business Administration from University of Sri Jayawardenapura, MBA (USA). as well as AIB (inter) SL
Felician is a Fellow in Certified Managers at Cambridge Association of Managers (UK) and a Fellow of the Certified Professional Managers (Sri Lanka).
Mr. Gamini Krishantha Kiringoda Gamage is an experienced Central Banker with 24 years of experience in Directory roles in various departments in Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Mr. Gamage has had a wide range of exposure in numerous fields of on-site and off-site supervision of licensed commercial and specialized banks as a senior examiner of the Bank Supervision Department and Information System Auditor of the Bank Supervision Department. He has worked in the Currency Department as the Deputy Director in-charge of operational, Policy and Administration of Currency in Central Bank. In addition to his experience at the Central Bank, he has served 10 years as a Staff Officer and Manager of People’s Bank, specialized in retail banking, international banking and overlooking the Department of Information Technology. He has an M.Sc. in International Economics from the University of Illinois in USA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from University of Colombo and a Diploma in Information System Audit from the Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri
Mr. Bandula Hennadige is the Executive Director of the South Asia Partnership- Sri Lanka (SAPSRI). He is a development professional with over 40 years of working experience. His areas of expertise include project development, regional planning, and management, monitoring and evaluation of medium and large-scale projects, rural infrastructure, food security, social mobilization, livelihood development and water and sanitation for marginalized communities.
He has gained much practical knowledge and experience while working in the public sector in various positions, including as a Project Director in the donor financed “Integrated Rural Development Programs” (IRDPs) that were implemented in the ’80s and’ 90s in Sri Lanka. Additionally, he has served as Senior Program Officer in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Royal Netherlands and has also managed donor-funded projects in the NGO sector.
Mr. Hennadige holds a B. Com degree from the University of Peradeniya and a Diploma in Industrial Development from the National Institute of Business Management. He also has a postgraduate master’s degree in economics from the University of Wales in the UK.
Mr. Eraj joined HNB Finance as a Microfinance Executive and rapidly grew through the ranks due to his performance, dedication and work ethic. He was promoted to Branch Manager, Regional Manager and then as Chief Manager based on his exceptional service rendered towards HNB Finance in the past 18 years. Subsequently he was promoted as Head of Business loans department where he leads a team of young professionals towards achieving organizational goals whilst helping thousands of customers grow their businesses as well. Mr. Eraj holds a Diploma in Microfinance (IBSL) and a Diploma in English from Wayamba University. An avid cricket fan, Mr. Eraj is also a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Umpires Association and an active umpire of Sri Lankan Cricket.
Mr. Kitsiri Jayasinghe started working in the business field in 1990 and has started various new business activities throughout his career.
He is the founder of Darshana Agencies and Motors, Japan Civilian Imports Pvt Ltd and DCS Credit and Investments and also a director of DCS International, Japan.
For 32 years, he has started and expanded his business establishments and branches in the areas of Anuradhapura, Rambewa, Padaviya, Mannar, Medavachchi and gained a wealth of experience.
As a Managing Director in several organizations, he has strong work experience in financial management, supply chain as well as Management, General Administration, and Human Resource Management. He also has knowledge and experience in all activities including implementation of systems, processors and process controls etc.
Mr. Lokugeegana has more than 24 years of business and management sector experience, out of which 20 years in banking industry in senior management positions in the fields of Microfinance, Credit Management, Regional Business Management, Training, Business Banking, Risk Management, SME Development, Human Resource Management and Development and social capital and savings mobilization. His senior management experience in the banking industry at SDB Bank spans more than 20 years, with a total of more than 14 years in corporate management positions.
Mr. Lokugeegana holds a bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with second class Hons from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and a Master of Business Management from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
He is a Fellow Member of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka ,a Member of Institute of Management of Sri Lanka ,a Chartered Member of Institute of Personnel Management of Sri Lanka ,a Member of Association of Accounts Technicians of Sri Lanka, Accredited Director –Security Exchange Commission & Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka , a Member of Association of Professional Bankers and a holder of a Diploma in Bank Integrated Risk Management and have Completed 3 stages of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.
LMPA is the pioneer in microfinance networking among microfinance practitioners in Sri Lanka, and was initiated on the 31st of March 2006. The Lanka Microfinance Practitioners’ Association is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007.