Board Of Directors

Skill, Knowledge and Experience

Years of knowledge, skill and experience strung together by our Board of Directors means that HNB Finance is led by like-minded individuals with a passion for ensuring HNB Finance is Sri Lanka’s leading, financial institution.

Mr. Jonathan Alles Chairman

Mr. Alles was appointed chairman in 2014. He also serves as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Hatton National Bank PLC since 2013 and has been board member of HN...

Mr. Jonathan Alles | Chairman

Mr. Jonathan Alles was appointed Chairman of HNB Finance Ltd in the year 2014. He also holds the position of Managing Director/Chief
Executive Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC and counts over 32 years of banking experience having served several international banks including the HSBC-Dubai, Saudi British Bank-Riyadh, HSBC (Sri Lanka) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Alles is also the Chairman of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd and is the immediate past Chairman/Director of Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC and LVL Energy Fund. Mr. Alles holds a First Class MBA in Finance from the University of Stirling- UK and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Banking, Financial & Insurance Services Group of the Employers & Federation of Ceylon and also is a Member of the Main Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. Mr Alles was recently appointed as Chairman of Asian Bankers Association for the period 2018 – 2020. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Business & Biodiversity Platform.

Mr. B. Premalal Deputy Chairman

Mr. Premalal is the Founder of Prime Lands (Pvt.) Ltd. He is a professionally qualified and has experience over 25 years in various industries. He is a fellow member of the Institu...

Mr. B. Premalal | Deputy Chairman

Mr. Premalal Brahamanage, a prominent figure in the Sri Lankan business landscape, is the co-founder and Chairman of Prime Group, a holding company with investments in real estate, property development and financial services through its subsidiaries. He is an alumnus of Thurston College, Colombo and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (UK), Chartered Business Administrator (Canada) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He was conferred with the prestigious UCD Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 considering his vast experience in the real estate industry and exposure to many other industries as an entrepreneur. Mr. Brahamanage was honored as being one of  The 2018 A-List of Sri Lankan  Businesspeople by the LMD last year listing among the top 50 businessmen in Sri Lanka who have driven the nation’s engine of growth and are the country’s true assets and was also recognised as one of the Asia’s Greatest Brand Leaders in 2017. Under his leadership, Prime Group has
won the most prestigious award in the industry for ‘Best Developer’ awarded by Property Guru at the Asia Property Awards 2018.

Mr. B.M.D.C. Prabhath Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Prabhath is a financier by profession and an internationally certified microfinance expert (Frankfurt School). He has over 20 years of experience in the private sector finance ...

Mr. B.M.D.C. Prabhath | Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Prabhath is a financier by profession and an internationally certified Micro Finance expert from the Frankfurt School in Germany. He has over 25 years of experience in the private sector. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Sp. in Finance) from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA, UK & CGMA). He is also a Certified Management Accountant of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia (CMA, AUS). He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He is the winner of the prestigious award “Game Changer of the year 2014” from World Consulting Research Corporation (WCRC), India, awarded in recognition of his contribution to the Micro Finance Industry in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Anushka Wijesinha Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Wijesinha is an economist and his research on industry, innovation, SMEs, and international economics, has been published in national and international publications. He is curr...

Mr. Anushka Wijesinha | Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Wijesinha is an economist and policy advisor and his research on innovation, SME development, and international economics, has been published in national and international publications. He is currently Advisor to the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade and focuses on trade, competitiveness and innovation. He was previously the Chief Economist and Heads of the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country’s apex industry body. Anushka is also a member of the Monetary Policy
Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He also serves on the Boards of Fair first Insurance Ltd and Seylan Bank PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director. In previous roles, he headed Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, was at the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009), and has been a consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNESCAP, and GIZ. In 2014, the World Economic Forum recognized him as a New Champions Awardee at the
Annual Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin, China. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute. Mr. Wijesinha holds a Masters in Economics and Development from the University of Leeds Business School, UK and a BSc in Economics from the University College London, UK.

Dr. Udan Fernando Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Fernando is the Executive Directorof Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a Colombo-based Think Tank. He has also held leadership positions in the Sri Lankan development organiz...

Dr. Fernando is the Executive Directorof Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a Colombo-based Think Tank. He has also held leadership positions in the Sri Lankan development organizations and also served as a Guest Researcher at University of Amsterdam, Senior Consultant of Context International, Netherlands. Dr. Fernando who focuses on areas of development cooperation and aid policy has worked in Sri Lanka, Europe, East and West Africa and South East Asia. Dr. Fernando is also a visiting academic at the Open University of Sri Lanka. He holds a PhD in International Development Cooperation from the University of Amsterdam. His specialization at Bachelor’s and Master’s level has been Law, Economics, Management and Labor Studies.

Mr. Rajive Dissanayake Non - Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dissanayake counts over 15 years of experience covering banking sector and capital markets. He currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC...

Mr. Rajive Dissanayake | Non – Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dissanayake counts for nearly two decades of experience covering banking sector and capital markets. He currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC. In addition to being on the Board of HNB Finance Ltd, Mr. Dissanayake is also a Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd. Mr. Dissanayake chairs the Board Audit Committee and is also a member of Strategy & Investment Review Committee of the Company. Mr. Dissanayake is a CFA Charter holder, a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He also holds a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.

Mr. Mahinda Perera Non-Dependent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mahinda Perera is currently practicing as a Commercial Lawyer and a Business Consultant and counts many years of experience in advising on Commercial, Corporate and Employment ...

Mr. Mahinda Perera | Non-Dependent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mahinda Perera is a Commercial Lawyer and a Business Consultant and counts many years of experience in advising on Commercial, Corporate and Employment Law as well as on compliance and regulatory aspects. In addition to providing legal advice, he also provides business consultancy services. He is also a qualified Management Accountant [FCMA (UK), CGMA] and has an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Jayewardenepura University, and counts over 25 years of professional experience in the commercial sector as a Director/ Chief Executive Officer of listed and unlisted companies before he moved into the legal field. At present, Mr. Perera is an Independent Director of Prime Finance PLC. He was appointed to the Board in September 2017.

Mr. Hasitha Wijesundara Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Hasitha Wijesundara is an Advisor to GIZ SME Sector Development Program. He is a development expert attached to German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and counts over a decade of...

Mr. Hasitha Wijesundara is an Advisor to GIZ SME Sector Development Program. He is a development expert attached to German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and counts over a decade of experience in microfinance and SME finance, trade, regulatory issues, sector strategies, social performance management and inclusive finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Colombo, Bachelor degree in Law (LL. B) and Bachelor degree in Science (B.Sc.). He also has fellowships with several local and international professional bodies. He is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka since 2009 and is currently reading for the Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Colombo. Mr. Wijesundara is an accredited trainer of microfinance and SME finance with reputed international bodies such as the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany and CGAP. Further to that he serves as a visiting senior lecturer at several universities and higher educational institutions in Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience within Sri Lanka; he has hands on experience regionally. Being a team member of appraisal missions for the Sustainable Regional Economic Growth and Investment Program (SREGIP) in Indonesia and the Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Program in the Philippines, he contributed to the project design and shaping up. He is conversant with the financial systems in countries including India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Pakistan and involved in numerous assignments.