Board of Directors

RDB Chairman Mr. Mahinda Saliya

Mr. Mahinda Saliya
Chairman

Mr. Mahinda Saliya holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Special) degree from the University of Kelaniya He is well experienced in matters of Fiscal Policy, Government Finance, Statistics and also in the preparation of the Annual State Budget.

He has been employed in the State sector for 34 years during which, he had worked at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) in the capacity of a Senior Assistant Director, a Regional Manager. He also served as the Deputy Director and Director Budget, and Additional Director General of State Accounts at the Government Treasury. He had also represented Director Boards as a member in several Government Institutions as the representative of the Treasury.

The Rajarata Development Bank, Kotalawala Defence University, Defence Service Command and the Staff College, Rakna Lanka Arakshaka Limited, Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, Tower Hall Theater Foundation and Selacine Television Institute are some of the State Institutions where Mr. Saliya had represented as a member of the Boards of Directors.

Mr. A.K. Senevirathne

Non-Independent / Non-Executive Director (Treasury Representative)

Mr. A.K. Seneviratne is a special grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS).

Mr. Seneviratne holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree specialising in Chemistry from University of Kelaniya. He has obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Masters in Business Administration from University of Colombo.

He joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service in 1995. Upon completion of his in-service training year he was appointed as an Assistant Director to the Department of Fiscal Policy of the Ministry of Finance in 1996. In 2006 he was assigned to the Department of National Budget of the same Ministry as a Director. In 2015 he was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Fiscal Policy. Since January 2018 Mr. Seneviratne has been working as the Director General of the Department of National Budget until he was appointed as a Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in February 2018.

Mr. Seneviratne has also served as a Board Director in many state owned enterprises.

Mr. M.J.P. Salgado

Non-Independent / Non-Executive Director (BOC Representative)

Mr. Salgado is a permanent employee of Bank of Ceylon holding the position of Deputy General Manager.  His current business portfolio includes Product Development & Business Process Re-Engineering Project, Electronic Banking and Debit / Credit Card operations, Central Back Office, DMS Project and Organization and Methods.

He counts 29 years of experience in banking gaining wide experience in the fields of Province Sales Management, Premier Banking, ISSP Implementation, Special Project, Call Centre and BOC Assurance.  He was an active member of the “Venesa Transformation Project’ in the Bank of Ceylon.

Graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenapura, he holds a B Com 2nd Class Upper Division Special Degree, Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, Licentiate Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Member of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka.  Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Salgado was employed at Mahaweli Engineers & Construction Agency in the capacity of Accountant.

Mr. K.B. Wijeyarathne

Non-Independent / Non-Executive Director (NSB Representative)

Mr. Kithsiri B Wijeyaratne is the Senior Deputy General Manager Finance & Planning of the National Savings Bank and counts over 35 years’ experience in the Audit and Financial services sector locally and overseas having served in Senior management position at premier financial institutions with extensive experience in the field of Insurance and Banking.

He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA), Fellow Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCMA), Senior Member of the Institute of Association of Accountants of Sri Lanka (FMMAT) and Fellow Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and Member of the Organization of Professions Association (OPA).

Mr. Wijeyaratne holds a Second-class Honors degree, BSc in Business Administration from University of Sri Jayawardenapura Sri Lanka and Diploma in Public Finance and Management (DPFM) from Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA).

Mr. M. A. Bonniface Silva

Non-Independent / Non-Executive Director (People’s Bank Representative)

Mr. Silva is the Senior Deputy General Manager- Banking Operations of People’s Bank.

Mr. Silva joined the bank in 1987 and counts over 31 years of experience & deep-rooted knowledge in banking operations.

Being the Senior Deputy General Manager – Banking Operations, Mr. Silva oversees the functions of 04 main divisions preside over by separate heads responsible for the activities of Channel Management division which is the regulatory unit of the branch network and supplementary network comprised of Self Banking Units, Marketing, Information Technology & Banking Support Services division of People’s Bank.

Mr. Silva is a Degree holder (B.A) from the University of Peradeniya and has a professional banking qualification AIB – Sri Lanka with extensive local and international training / exposure on the subject matter of his specialty.

He also serves Director – Lanka Clear (pvt) Ltd, Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka & People’s Leasing Havelock Property Ltd.

RDB DR. Nirmal De Silva Independent / Non-Executive Director

DR. Nirmal De Silva

Independent / Non-Executive Director

Dr. Nirmal De Silva is an award winning business professional & entrepreneur with close to two decades of ‘C Level’ experience across the world, where he has provided leadership to a number of Multi National and Fortune 500 companies. Over the last few years his focus has been on the Real Estate Industry, Strategy Consulting & Start-ups.

Dr. De Silva is currently serving as the Co-Founder / CEO of Paramount Realty. He is also the Founder of TYNA Consulting which is a Boutique Consultancy focused on Strategy, Leadership, Impact Investment, Strategic Power Play & Transformational Interventions (particularly for SME’s) & Social Enterprises. In addition Dr. De Silva serves on the board of a number of companies in diverse industries such as agriculture, food & beverage, technology, handicrafts, education, learning & development, facilities management, portfolio investment, professional services, digital entertainment, consumer goods & lifestyle services.

Not only is he a well-respected thought leader, he is also a much sought after Start up Mentor, Impact Investor & Public Speaker. He is also an important influencer in shaping up the start -up and social enterprise eco-system in the country. Dr. De Silva is a pioneer member of the revolutionary ‘Ath Pavura’ (the world’s first ever reality TV program) which supports social enterprises through impact investments. Similarly Dr. De Silva is a Global Mentor for Faster Capital based in the Middle East and the world renowned Mentor Capital Network- USA

In 2015, Dr. De Silva was recognized by the Government of Australia and was honoured with the Australian Alumni Excellence Award for Business Leadership. In 2019, Dr. De Silva was recognized with the Business Leadership Award at the HR leadership Awards. In the same year Dr. De Silva was recognized as the Most Outstanding Corporate Trainer in South Asia at the South Asian Business Excellence Awards.

Dr. De Silva also serves at the Chairman of the Independent Panel of Judges of the Prestigious PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards which is the region’s largest awards platform that recognizes world class real estate.

On an academic front Dr. De Silva is an Associate Professor Visiting Lecturer & Thesis Supervisor for Doctoral Level programs in a number of local and international universities.

Prof. Ariyaratne_Herath

Professor H.M.W. Ariyarathna Herath

Independent / Non-Executive Director

Prof. H.M.W. Ariyarathna Herath holds a Bachelor of Arts Special Degree in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Master of Philosophy in Economics from University of Peradeniya, Master of Science in Development and Resource Economics from Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy from Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. He is a prominent academia and a researcher in the fields of Development Economics, Money and Banking, Project Analysis, Microfinance and Poverty analysis.

He has been employed in the University of Peradeniya for 26 years in the posts of a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer, and as a Professor. During this period he had also served at the National Institute of Co-operative Development (NICD), Polgolla in the capacity of Director (Academic and Development), and International Research Centre, University of Peradeniya as a Deputy Director. Currently he holds the position of the Head of the Department, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya.

Prof. H.M.W. Ariyarathna Herath has served as a consultant and prepared reports for many national and international organizations such as Pathfinder Foundation Colombo; Plan International Sri Lanka;  IFAD and Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Udarata Development; North Central Provincial Council; Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka; UNDP and Central Provincial Council.

He has published several books of scholarly work on various fields. Principles and Project Planning and Appraisal, Microfinance: Theory and Practice, Gender Responsive Budgeting Process in Sri Lanka are some the books among them. He has also published many research articles in various national and international refereed journals.

Mr. W.M. Karunarathne RDB Independent / Non-Executive Director

Mr. W.M. Karunarathne

Independent / Non-Executive Director

Mr. W. M. Karunaratne, was appointed as an Independent/ Non-Executive Director to the Board of Directors of PSB also known as RDB on 03.01.2020. Mr. Karunaratne is a retired Assistant Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka and counts over 30 years of experience in Banking. He has also worked as a consultant at Ministry of Finance for the World Bank funded project of “Warehouse Receipts Financing Project”. He was the Chairman/ CEO of RRDB – Anuradhapura as well as a Board Director of Ruhuna Development Bank.
He has published two books on Banking with the poor (Group lending) and Rural Savings Mobilization, 6 books on Poverty lending, SME financing, Lift irrigation, Home gardening, Dairy development, Financial literacy as well as a book on Warehouse Receipts Financing.
Mr. Karunaratne holds a B A (Honors) Degree in Social Sciences from University of Peradeniya and LLB (Honors) from Open University of Sri Lanka. Further, Mr. Karunaratne is an Attorney at Law since 2002.

Mr. M.S.D. Ranasiri - RDB Independent/ Non-Executive Director

Mr. M.S.D. Ranasiri

Independent / Non-Executive Director

Mr. M.S.D. Ranasiri, was appointed as an Independent/ Non-Executive Director to the Board of Directors of PSB also known as RDB on 03.01.2020. Mr. Ranasiri is the former Director General of Department of Treasury Operations of Ministry of Finance.
He holds a B.Com Degree (Special) from University of Colombo and counts over 30 years of experience in the state sector. Mr. Ranasiri had also served as a Board Director in State Mortgage and Investment Bank as a representative from the General Treasury.

Mr. Lalith Abeysiriwardana - RDB Independent/ Non-Executive Director

Mr. Lalith Abeysiriwardena

Independent / Non-Executive Director

Mr. Lalith Abeysiriwardana was appointed as an Independent/ Non-Executive Director to the Board of Directors of PSB also known as RDB on 03.01.2020. Mr. Abeysiriwardana is an Attorney at Law by profession since 1996. He holds a Degree in Bachelor of Law (L.L.B) from University of Colombo and Attorney at Law from Law College of Sri Lanka.
At present Mr. Abeysiriwardana holds the position of Director of Lead Business Development and Management Company (Pvt) Ltd, Foods (Pvt) Ltd as well as Lead Hardware and Construction (Pvt) Ltd.

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