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. K. Rajendran - Director

Mr. Rajendran was appointed to the directorate of the People’s Bank in April, 2015. He counts 35 years of experience in accounting, financial management, taxation and auditing.

Mr. Rajendran is a Fellow Member of Chartered Management Accountants UK, Chartered Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Presently he is the Group Finance Director of DMS Group of Companies.

Mr. Rajendran was the Rotary District Governor in the year 2000/2001, and a Council Member of CIMA.




Mr. Chinthaka S. Lokuhetti – Director

Chinthaka Samarawicrama Lokuhetti who is the Secretary to Ministry of Industry has obtained his B.Sc (Hon) degree in 1984, completed his MBA postgraduate degree from University of Birmingham U.K in 2002 and obtained MPhil in Solid State Physics. He has followed the course of Certificate in Public Management in Catalonia Institute of public Management, Barcelona, Spain in 2002.

He started his career as a lecturer at the University of Colombo and later he served at University of Ruhuna. Thereafter, joined Sri Lanka Administrative Service on 10th September 1990. While serving as government Servant, he has devoted his valuable time to publish 10 research Papers and Publications. He has represented Sri Lanka 8 times in Important Programs and conferences, abroad.



He held several key positions as Divisional Secretary, Senior Consultant (SLIDA), Commissioner of Probation & Child care (Southern Province) Secretary of Provincial Ministries for Different Ministries for ten Years, and Director General of Finance Ministry.

He has been awarded three times in his career. He has received an award as the Master Trainer in Sri Lanka on Leadership, Governance, Strategic Management and Marketing and he has also been awarded as the Best Divisional Secretary of Galle District in 1997.




Mr. Mohan Wijesinghe - Director

Born in Ambalangoda, having been educated at Royal College, is an Attorney-at- Law, holding Maters Degree in International Legal Cooperation from the University of Vrije in Brussels as well as holding qualifications as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales , a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of the Australian Territory (ACT) and Barrister of the High Court of Australia.

The past and present legal experience in the private and government sectors, universally has given Mr. Wijesinghe wealth of experience in domestic as well as international law.

Currently employed at Colombo International Container Terminals Limited ,as the General Manager-Legal since December 2011,also performs duties as the Senior Overseas Advisor of China Merchants Ports Holdings Company Ltd, the largest port operator in the world, And is presently involved in Hambanthota Port Project as Legal Head.

Also hold position as Director for Maganeguma Road Construction Equipment Company Pvt. Ltd, Maganeguma Consultancy and Project Management Company and Ineterocean Services Limited and is a Member of National Agenda Committee – Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka.

Having being employed as an Assistant Director of the Superannuation Commission of Australia, being part of the Australian Public Service and having served as Executive Director National Lotteries Board and Director General Sri Lanka Institute Advanced Technical Education, Mr Wijesinghe has gained a wealth of experience in serving the public service.

Mr. Wijesinghe, soon after qualifying as an Attorney-at- Law joined the Maharajah Group of Companies, where he held the position of Group Personnel Manager, until he migrated to Australia in 1989.