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Board of Directors

Mr. Murtaza Esufally

Mr. Murtaza Esufally counts more than 25 years of experience in senior management levels. He is the Chairman of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd and Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd, subsidiaries of the Hemas Group. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne. He is a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) and holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Essex, UK. Mr. Esufally is an Attorney- at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Anila Dias Bandaranaike
Deputy Chairperson

Dr. Anila Dias Bandaranaike retired as Assistant Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in October 2007. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Governor, she served as Director of Statistics and of Bank Supervision. Before joining the Central Bank, she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, USA. Following her retirement, she served on the Council of the Open University of Sri Lanka. In retirement, she pursues her personal and professional interests, particularly advocating improvements to national statistics and raising awareness on socioeconomic issues. She holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Colombo and an MSc in Applied Statistics from Oxford University, UK. She obtained her PhD in Statistics from Cornell University, USA.

Mr. Deshal de Mel

Mr. Deshal de Mel presently works for the Hayleys Group as its Senior Economist. Prior to joining Hayleys, he worked for the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka. His research has been published in a number of books and journals. Along with policy research, Mr. de Mel has also represented the Government of Sri Lanka in inter-governmental trade negotiations. He has a degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Master's in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, UK. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sampath Bank PLC as a Non-Executive Director, and also serves on the Economic, Fiscal and Policy Planning (EFPP) Committee and Export Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka

Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka works as an independent consultant in Sri Lanka and the region. She is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, and has published internationally, in the areas of income distribution, labour markets and subjective well-being. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University College London, UK, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford, UK, and a doctorate in Applied Econometrics from Monash University, Australia. 

Mr. Johann Rebert

Mr. Rebert is currently the Deputy Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Sri Lanka. He has worked primarily in the peacebuilding and development sector and, more recently, has had oversight of donor policy and practice in Sri Lanka. Mr. Rebert has an MA in Conflict Resolution from the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford, UK.

Dileni Gunewardena, PhD

Dileni Gunewardena is Professor of Economics (Chair) at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and has a Ph.D. in economics from American University, Washington, D.C. Her research includes empirical analyses of poverty, child nutrition, and gender and ethnic wage inequality. She is the author of a book on Poverty Measurement, several chapters in books, and numerous journal articles. She contributed to Sri Lanka’s first poverty assessment as a consultant with the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group in the 1990s and has taught in the World Bank Institute’s South Asia Region Workshops. She has been an Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Global Development Network (GDN) Research Award winner and a Fulbright Research Scholar. She has been a regional co-coordinator (South Asia) of the academic steering committee of Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programmes and a MacArthur Foundation Grantee as the founder coordinator of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) Programme at the University of Peradeniya. She is a research group committee member of the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) research network and a member of the Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka.

Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy

Mr. Sivagnanasothy, currently serves as the Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation and counts more than 25 years of senior-level public sector experience in development planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, programmes and projects. Mr. Sivagnanasothy has previously served as Secretary to the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement & Hindu Religious Affairs, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development and Secretary to the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, and Director General, Department of Foreign Aid and Budget Monitoring of the Ministry of Plan Implementation. He served as a co-chair of the International Reference and Management Group on the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, and as member of the Community of Expert Evaluators in the South Asia Region. He represented Asia in the OECD negotiating team that formulated the Accra Agenda for Action for the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. He is a visiting lecturer and resource person for Masters Degree Programmes at various universities and development agencies and has represented Sri Lanka in regional and international forums. He has presented many papers and contributed articles nationally and internationally. Mr. Sivagnanasothy holds a BA in Econ (Hons.) from University of Colombo and obtained his M.Sc. in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford, U.K. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He has served as a Member of the Governing Council Member of the Institute of Sri Lanka and also as Board of Director of the Export Development Board and Institute for Construction, Training and Development.

Sanjiva Senanayake

Mr. Sanjiva Senanayake, has extensive local and overseas experience in the financial services sector having served in senior management capacities at premier financial institutions and as an independent consultant.  He is currently Senior Director on the Board of Directors of the Sampath Bank PLC, where he is also Chairman of the Board Treasury Committee, Chairman of the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee and a member of the Board Nominations Committee.  He also serves as a Non-Executive Director at Asian Hotel & Properties PLC and Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd. Previously he has been Senior Investment Officer-West Africa, Global Financial Markets Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC-Private sector investment arm of World Bank); IFC Resident Representative for Sri Lanka & Maldives; Assistant General Manager (Treasury & Investment Banking) at National Development Bank of Sri Lanka and Consultant (Treasury & Business Development) at Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd.  Prior to that Mr. Senanayake has held various positions at Citibank Sydney, Citibank Brunei and Citibank Colombo; the Greater Colombo Economic Commission and the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Senanayake received his BSc Eng (First Class) from King's College University of London, and his MSc Eng from Imperial College of Science and Technology. He also holds  the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) London.