Board of Directors

Mr. Hemasiri Fernando - Chairman

Possessing diverse experience, Mr. Fernando’s debut into the public sector was as Secretary to the Prime Minister. He later chaired Sri Lanka Telecom, Airport and Aviation Services and Telecom Services and has served as Secretary to the Ministry of Postal Services among other positions. His input as the longest serving President of the National Olympic Committee and in international offices, including as Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia and Commonwealth Games Federation, in addition to representing Sri Lanka in rifle shooting as national champion, makes him the apt choice for Presidential Advisor on Sports to Sri Lanka. He has a B.A (Econ) from the University of Colombo, is an Associate in the Institute of Travel and Tourism UK (A INST TT) and is a Fellow of the British Institute of Management (FBIM). He is also the Honorary Consul for the Kyrgyz Republic in Sri Lanka. His tenure in the Sri Lanka Navy (Volunteer Force) from which he retired with the rank of Commander having served in combat areas, deserves special mention. His association with Sri Lanka Railways led to the penning of two books, The Viceroy Special based on the steam locomotive he created for tourism in Sri Lanka and The Uva Railway. He has been conferred the OCA Award of Merit by the Olympic Council of Asia and the ANOC Award of Merit by the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Mr. Jehan P. Amaratunga - Director

Mr. Jehan Prasanna Amaratunga is the Executive Deputy Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC, Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. Mr. Amaratunga was awarded the First in Order of Merit Prize, at the final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Mr. Amaratunga currently serves as a Director of People’s Bank, People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and JAT Holdings (Private) Limited. He is also the Chairman of People’s Insurance PLC and a member of the council of the University of Colombo. He counts over 25 years of experience in the fields of finance and management. Mr. Amaratunga has served as a consultant and Director to number of corporations and private business entities. At the National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, he presented a paper titled “Value for Money Accounting” which is one of the many notable achievements that stand out in his career. He was also a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Ms. G.D. Chandra Ekanayake - Director

Ms. Ekanayake was appointed to the Board of the People’s Bank in February 2015, as a Non-Executive Director and is a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk Management Committee and the Board Investment Banking Committee.

Ms. Ekanayake is from the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and joined the Service in 1984. She was appointed as a Deputy Secretary to the Treasury on 09th March 2015 and continues in that position up to now. Prior to this appointment, she had held senior positions in the Treasury as Director of Economic Affairs, Controller of Insurance, Additional Director General Department of External Resources, Director General, Department of Trade, Tariff and Investment Policy and the Director General Department of National Budget.

Ms. Ekanayake holds a Science Special Degree from the University of Kelaniya and MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management Sri Lanka and Postgraduate Diploma in the fields of Development Planning Techniques (ISS, The Hague), International Relations (BCIS, Colombo) and Economic Development (University of Colombo). She represented the Treasury in the Council of the Asian Re-insurance Corporation from 2002 to 2013 and functioned as its Vice Chairman during the period 2008 to 2013. She also represented the Treasury on the Board of the NDB Bank from February 2011 until March, 2015. As at now, she represents the Treasury on the Board of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and the Board of Management of the Superior Courts Complex. Ms. Ekanayake was also appointed in May 2015 as the Chairman of MILODA, the Academy of Financial Studies, the training arm of the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Felician Perera - Director

Mr. Felician Perera was appointed as a Director of People’s Bank in March 2015. He holds a M.A. in Criminology. He is an Unofficial Magistrate/Attorney – at- Law/ Notary Public/ Justice of the Peace/ Commissioner for Oaths and Registered Company Secretary. He has served the Mahaweli Venture Capital Co., as the Chairman and Chamber of Commerce (N.W.P.) as a Director.

Dr. Aminda M. Perera - Director

Dr. Aminda Methsila Perera is a Senior Lecturer in Financial Management at the Department of Accountancy, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. He had his early education at St. Thomas’ College, Matale and he pursued higher studies at the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and has obtained a B.Sc. (Special) Degree in Public Administration.

Dr. Perera has obtained his first Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the field of International Finance from IGNOU India and a second Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the field of marketing from the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. He completed his PhD degree on consumer behavior at the same university. He has also followed a Diploma Program in NGO Staff Management, conducted by the Klasnoff Academy, Germany in 1998.

During his career, Dr. Perera has served in a number of private and state organizations in different capacities. Currently he serves as a Director at the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Library and Documentation Board and Pride of Ceylon (Pvt.) Limited. In addition, he is the Sri Lankan representative of AKSAP International of Australia.

Dr. Perera was appointed to the Board of Directors of People’s Bank with effect from 2nd November 2015.

Mr. T.D. Anton S. Hemantha - Director

Mr. Anton Hemantha is an entrepreneur. He is the owner and Chairman of Selmo Private Limited, a plastics film extruding, printing and laminate manufacturing company, since 1983. He was a member of the Board of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) based in Orebro, Sweden and the Asian Regional Director of ICCC. Currently he is the president of the ALFPM, the Lamination Packaging Chamber in Sri Lanka and the Chairman of the Packaging Cluster of the EDB.

Mr. M.H. Jamaldeen - Director

He is a financial professional with over 15 years of experience and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK. He holds a Degree in Engineering and Business from the University of Warwick, UK’. He currently serves as a Director of Steradian Capital Investments (Pvt) Ltd, responsible for financing, corporate structures, acquisitions and development. He is also an Independent Non Executive Director of Hayleys PLC. He is an Executive Director at the following Real Estate Development Companies, HJAW International (Pvt) Ltd,Thudella Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Hardy James (Pvt) Ltd, Baseline Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Dutch Bay Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Crown Resort (Pvt) Ltd, Mulberry Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Almond Trees (Pvt) Ltd and Alexandra Holdings (Pvt)Ltd. He is also a Director of Summer Season Ltd, Summer Season Residencies Ltd, Suntan Beach Resort (Pvt) Ltd and Ferrutti (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. T.M.K.B. Tennekoon - Director

Mr. Tennekoon currently holds the position of Secretary, Ministry of Industry & Commerce. Prior to this, he held the posts of Secretary, Ministry of Public Order and Christian Affairs; and Secretary, Ministry of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs. Mr. Tennekoon, a career administrator, who joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS), formerly known as the Ceylon Civil Service, in 1984, has held a variety of postings across the island. Having risen through the ranks during the last 29 years, Mr. Tennekoon is currently a Special Grade Officer in the SLAS.

He has served as an administrator, a sectoral planner, a policy analyst, implementer, coordinator and has dealt with both Government and International agencies including donor agencies, United Nations bodies and ADB. With a keen interest in Training and Development, Mr. Tennekoon possesses two Bachelors one in Laws and the other in Public Finance and Taxation, and a Masters in Economics. He is currently reading for a PhD.

His exposure to International programmes had him attending fifteen programmes in various parts of the world since 1979, when he was still an undergraduate. Mr. Tennekoon is a member of several professional bodies including the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association, Member of the Sri Lanka Bar Association and Member of the Sri Lanka Economists Association. His research interests cover areas of Economic Growth, Income disparity and the social welfare state.