Mr. Nishan Fernando

Chairman

Mr. Nishan Fernando is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) of UK and holder of an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

He has officiated as Independent Director/Chairman Audit Committee of Browns Investments PLC, as President, Vice President and Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, as a Commission Member of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka, as a member of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board and since 2009 has been functioning as Chairman of the Statutory Accounting Standards Committee which promulgates the Accounting Standards in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Fernando has also gained valuable experience as a member of the International Accounting Education Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and currently serving as a member of its Consultative Advisory Group.

Mr. Fernando counts over 20 years of experience holding senior positions in the fields of Accounting and Finance. He also serves as a Director of BDO Consulting (Private) Limited and First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries.

Mr. Dinesh Schaffter

Managing Director

Dinesh Schaffter serves as the Managing Director of First Capital Holdings PLC.  Dinesh has a background in finance with managerial, investment and deal-making expertise of over 25 years. He has executed a range of transactions focused on change of control, capital formation and capital market strategy.  These include M&A, debt and equity offerings, restructuring and business valuations.  Dinesh specialises in private equity and post-acquisition strategy.

Dinesh is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from UK and an Executive Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France.

Other principal appointments : Managing Director: Dunamis Capital PLC, Kelsey Developments PLC, Premier Synthetic Leather Manufacturers (Private) Limited

Mr. Dilshan Wirasekara

Director / Chief Executive Officer

Dilshan Wirasekara, investment banker and Director / Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC is an experienced professional with a career spanning over 22 years, comprising diversified expertise in financial services including, treasury and investment management, capital market strategy and corporate finance advisory.

Currently, he serves as a Board Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Having joined First Capital in 2013 Wirasekara steered the Company, a full service investment bank holding licenses in stock brokering, unit trust management, margining trading and debt brokering in addition to its prominent position in the government securities market to establish itself as a significant contributor to the local capital market industry.

He spearhead the formation of key debt structuring deals with internationally based development Financial Institutions as well the signing of strategic partnerships with foreign institutions focusing on emerging markets such as Sri Lanka.

He was the former General Manager of Softlogic Capital PLC guiding investment and trading portfolio management across subsidiaries inclusive of the Group’s Licensed Finance Company, Composite Insurer and Equity Brokerage; prior to which he was Head of Treasury at Nations Trust Bank PLC.

He specializes in Asset and Liability Risk Management having secured the accolade of leading and representing two Sri Lankan companies in winning the International Bank Asset and Liability competition organized annually by the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), German Investment Corporation (DEG) and Proparco – a subsidiary of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Dilshan Wirasekara is an Alumnus of INSEAD having successfully completed his Executive Professional Education at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Mr. A. D. E. I. Perera

Director

Mr. A. D. E. I. Perera is a Chartered Marketer and a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, with over 40 years of experience in management. He has undergone management training in UK, Sweden, South Korea, India, the Philippines and Singapore.

Currently, he is Non-Executive Director of Dunamis Capital PLC, First Capital Holdings PLC, Janashakthi Insurance PLC, Janashakthi PLC, Sting Consultants (Private) Limited, Brand Finance Lanka (Private) Limited and MAS Tropical Foods (Private) Limited.

He is also a member on the Board of Study of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (PIM) and is actively engaged in management education and consultancy.

Ms. Minette D. A. Perera

Director

Ms. Minette D. A. Perera was the Group Finance Director of the MJF Group, which comprises of several tea growing, packing and exporting companies, supplying the “Dilmah Tea” brand around the world, from September 2000 till March 2013. During the period of her employment with the MJF Group she was appointed a Director of the MJF Group of Companies including MJF Holdings Limited and held the Board positions till December 2014. She has also held board positions before joining the MJF Group.

Ms. Perera currently serves on the Board of First Capital Holdings PLC and Orient Finance PLC as an independent non executive Director and also serves as a Director of the subsidiaries of First Capital Holdings PLC namely First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited, First Capital Equities (Private) Limited and First Capital Investments (Private) Limited.

Ms. Perera is on the Board of Ceylon Tea Services PLC since September 2000, Kahawatte Plantations PLC since January 2001 and Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC since January 2012.

Ms. Perera is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of UK. She has over 35 years working experience as a qualified accountant having worked in leading local and international companies as an Executive Director.

Mr. Chandana de Silva

Director

Mr. Chandana de Silva has held several senior management positions including that of Chief Financial Officer for Level (3) Communications in Europe a NASDAQ quoted company and Head of Financial Planning for British Telecommunications PLC.

Since moving back to Sri Lanka in 2002 he has worked for MAS Holdings in a variety of roles and established the Supply Chain Management function, set up the MAS training centre and until December 2011 was the Chief Executive Officer of the MAS Investment Division.

He serves as a management consultant to clients in the investment, manufacturing, property development and IT sectors and is on the Board of Hemas Transportation (Private) Limited, Eureka Technologies (Private) Limited, 24/7 Techies (Private) Ltd, and Sea-Change Partners Lanka (Private) Limited. He also serves as a Director of Dunamis Capital PLC, Kelsey Developments PLC, Premier Synthetic Leather Manufacturers (Private) Limited, First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries.

Mr. de Silva is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and in Sri Lanka and holds a Degree in Mathematics and Management from the University of London.

Dr. Nishan de Mel

Director

Nishan de Mel, an economist with extensive academic, policy and private sector experience, currently serves as Executive Director and Head of Research at Verité Research (Private) Limited.

Nishan has held several governing, teaching and research positions internationally, including as Lecturer in Economics at Oxford University.

He also served as a Member of the Presidential Task Force on Health Sector Reform, Presidential Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Dangerous Drug Regulation, the National Steering Committee on Social Security and as Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and on the Board of the Sri Lanka Foundation.

Dr. de Mel sits on multiple private sector boards and consults regularly as a strategist for some of the region’s largest firms.

Mr. Dinesh Schaffter

Managing Director

Dinesh Schaffter serves as the Managing Director of First Capital Holdings PLC.  Dinesh has a background in finance with managerial, investment and deal-making expertise of over 25 years. He has executed a range of transactions focused on change of control, capital formation and capital market strategy.  These include M&A, debt and equity offerings, restructuring and business valuations.  Dinesh specialises in private equity and post-acquisition strategy.

Dinesh is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from UK and an Executive Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France.

Other principal appointments : Managing Director: Dunamis Capital PLC, Kelsey Developments PLC, Premier Synthetic Leather Manufacturers (Private) Limited

Mr. Dilshan Wirasekara

Director / Chief Executive Officer

Dilshan Wirasekara, investment banker and Director / Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC is an experienced professional with a career spanning over 22 years, comprising diversified expertise in financial services including, treasury and investment management, capital market strategy and corporate finance advisory.

Currently, he serves as a Board Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Having joined First Capital in 2013 Wirasekara steered the Company, a full service investment bank holding licenses in stock brokering, unit trust management, margining trading and debt brokering in addition to its prominent position in the government securities market to establish itself as a significant contributor to the local capital market industry.

He spearhead the formation of key debt structuring deals with internationally based development Financial Institutions as well the signing of strategic partnerships with foreign institutions focusing on emerging markets such as Sri Lanka.

He was the former General Manager of Softlogic Capital PLC guiding investment and trading portfolio management across subsidiaries inclusive of the Group’s Licensed Finance Company, Composite Insurer and Equity Brokerage; prior to which he was Head of Treasury at Nations Trust Bank PLC.

He specializes in Asset and Liability Risk Management having secured the accolade of leading and representing two Sri Lankan companies in winning the International Bank Asset and Liability competition organized annually by the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), German Investment Corporation (DEG) and Proparco – a subsidiary of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Dilshan Wirasekara is an Alumnus of INSEAD having successfully completed his Executive Professional Education at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Ms. Wasanthi Stephen

Head of Human Resources

Wasanthi Stephen has over 16 years of work experience with over 13 in the Human Resource Industry in Sri Lanka. Her extensive exposure includes talent management, handling industrial disputes, mentoring, counseling and Learning and Development in the hospitality, real estate and finance industries.

 Prior to joining First Capital, Wasanthi also worked at John Keells Holdings as the Director Human Resources for Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel and as an Assistant Vice President.

 Wasanthi practiced as Junior Counsel and an Instructing Attorney. She also worked in Sri Lanka Telecom’s legal division.

She is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personal Management.

Ms. Harshanee Deshapriya

Senior Manager-Legal

Harshanee Deshapriya possesses 10 years of work experience including 7 years as a corporate lawyer with an extensive exposure towards regulatory and corporate affairs and activities in diversified industries. Her professional expertise ranges across various foreign and local investment activities such as company takeovers and mergers, corporate finance and advisory services, dealing with foreign hedge funds, exchanges and contract management.

 Harshanee holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business and Commercial Law with a Merit Pass from the University of West London and she was awarded Outstanding Performance recognition for the highest average in

dissertation. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Colombo, Faculty of Law and she is an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka.

 Harshanee has also obtained Professional Qualifications in Human Resources Management (PQHRM) from IPM Sri Lanka with a Merit Award and has successfully completed the Post Attorney Diploma in Corporate Law with a Merit Pass from the Advanced Legal Studies Unit of Sri Lanka Law College.

 Prior to joining the Dunamis Capital Group, she headed the legal division of Lanka Century Investments PLC Group.

Harshanee apprenticed with the President Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam and has received substantial training whilst interning at John Keells Holdings PLC, Peoples’ Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Jaliya Wijeratne

Chief Executive Officer – First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd

Jaliya Wijeratne is the CEO of the Group’s Equity operation, First Capital Equities (Private) Limited.

 Jaliya brings over two decades of experience in investment advisory in the capital markets of Sri Lanka and has extensive senior level managerial experience over the period. In addition to fund and portfolio management experience Jaliya specialises in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He was instrumental in numerous takeovers and sales of strategic stakes.

 He has organised many foreign roadshows and international conferences on capital markets in addition to capital markets related training programmes both in Sri Lanka and abroad. His strengths emanate from previously held positions as Senior Investment Advisor at Commercial CBC Crosby Capital(Private) Limited, Senior Manager Sales at DFCC Stock Brokers (Private) Limited, Director Institutional Sales at SMB Securities (Private) Limited.

 As the former Chief Executive Officer and Director Institutional and Foreign Trades at New World Securities (Private) Limited, he led its investment advisory service to high net worth individuals, leading local corporate entities and global funds active in Sri Lanka. He was a Director of NWS Financial Services.

Mr. Mangala Jayashantha

Chief Financial Officer

Mangala Jayashantha brings 15 years of significant expertise in financial management, accounting, auditing, corporate planning and taxation.

 Mangala commenced his career at KPMG -Sri Lanka, a member firm of KPMG International. At KPMG, he obtained extensive exposure in audit and assurance services of a broad array of industry segments including Licensed Commercial Banks, Licensed Specialised Banks and other financial institutions.

 Mangala is an Associate Member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree in Accountancy from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Ms. Sewwandi Kathriachchi

Assistant General Manager – Dealing Securities & Margin Trading.

Sewwandi Kathriarachchi possesses over 14 years of experience in varied key areas relating to fixed income.

 Her core expertise spans operations relating to Government Securities, asset management, unit trust management, high net-worth individual relationship management and overall front-office exposure in the structuring and placing of corporate debt securities and money market dealing.

Mr. Naveen Samarasekera

Head of Corporate Finance

Naveen Samarasekera counts 13 years of experience in various business areas both overseas and in Sri Lanka.

Prior to joining First Capital in 2012, he worked as a Business Development Consultant engaging in financial planning and advisory services for corporates and high net-worth individuals. In the last 13 years, he has worked with many Banks, Financial Institutions, Regulatory and Support Services such as IT and legal entities.

 Naveen was instrumental in the structuring and placement of several industry leading transactions including asset backed securitisations executed by First Capital.

Naveen holds a New Zealand Diploma in Business from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, a Diploma in Management from the New Zealand Institute of Management, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and is currently reading for the Commonwealth Executive MBA offered by OUSL in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver, Canada.

Mr. Kosala Liyanagedara

Head of Asset Management

Kosala Liyanagedara is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA, Sri Lanka), an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK (CIMA) and holds a B.Sc. Accountancy (Honours) Degree (First Class) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM).

 Kosala joined the First Capital Group in September 2009 as the Accountant. In April 2012, he was promoted to the Finance Manager of the Group with responsibility for financial reporting and financial planning. In April 2014, he assumed the current position, reporting directly to the Group CEO, where he is responsible for business development of all business units and Corporate Planning. He also works along with the Chief Financial Officer to develop and implement the Group Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan.

 He commenced his career at KPMG in Sri Lanka, where he obtained exposure in audit and assurance services of different industry segments including licensed commercial banks and other financial institutions.

 He possesses diverse professional experience over 9 years in accounting, auditing, taxation, finance and planning.

Mr. Yaveen Jayasekara

Head of Business Expansion & Strategy

Yaveen Jayasekara counts over 9 years of Post-Qualifying experience in the Investment Banking sphere in the areas of Investment Banking, Asset Management, Equities Trading and Business Intelligence & Analytics.

 Prior to joining the First Capital Group, he served as the Group Chief Strategy Officer of Candor Group which is a 100% foreign owned entity of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) based Eagle Proprietary Investments Ltd (EPIL).

 He also served as the Group Strategist for Acuity Partners (Joint Venture Investment Bank of Hatton National Bank and DFCC Bank) and simultaneously took over the role of Head of Business Development and Marketing for Guardian Acuity Asset Management (Joint Venture of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust – Investment arm of Carson Cumberbatch and Acuity) prior to joining Candor.

 Yaveen has a BSc. (Hons) in Computing and Information Systems from the London Metropolitan University and has also completed all the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA –UK). He has obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Colombo and has the Investment Advisor Certification from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. He has passed Level 1 of the CFA Program and is currently reading for his PhD in Finance from the University of Colombo.

 He was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded a Gold Medal for his research paper at the International Conference on Accounting and Finance (2014) for the session on ‘Behavioral Finance and Financial Markets’.He is a Fellow of the Trinity College of London in Speech and Drama and holds a Licentiate Teachers Diploma in Drama Communication from the London College of Music and Media. He has been a visiting resource person at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka since 2013 for the Course Curriculum on Economics, Econometrics and Mathematical Modelling for Research which addresses critical areas in interest rate and exchange rate dynamics and its impact on Sri Lankan capital markets.

Mr. Dimantha Mathew

Head of Research

Dimantha Mathew has over 11 years of experience with investment banking a predominant focus.

Dimantha brings significant exposure in equity research, portfolio management, debt and equity financing strategy, project finance, corporate finance and advisory services.

Prior to joining First Capital, Dimantha acted as Head of Research at Softlogic Stockbrokers. He had also worked at Capital Alliance and John Keells Stockbrokers.

Dimantha holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London. He is an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka and also holds ACMA and CGMA qualifications.

Mr. Kapila Perera

Senior Manager – Risk & Compliance

Kapila Perera counts over 9 years of experience in finance and operations. He has significant exposure in preparation of financial statements, handling of internal and external audits, handling scrip and scripless securities and preparation of MIS Reports to identify principal financial risks impacting the Group.

Kapila assumed his current position as Manager-Risk and Compliance in 2015.

Kapila holds a Bachelor’s (Special) Degree in Commerce from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and has an Associate Membership of the Sri Lanka Institute of Credit Management (SLICM).

He has also completed a Diploma in Treasury and Risk Management conducted by the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka.

Mr. Rangajeewa Abeywickrama

Manager – IT Operations

Rangajeewa Abeywickrama counts over 12 years of experience in the fields of IT Security, Cloud & Virtualization, SWIFT Support Service, Disaster Recovery Planning and Risk Management.

Rangajeewa joined the First Capital Group in September 2008 as the Senior IT Administrator. In April 2013, he was promoted as the Assistant Manager for IT operations of the Group. In April 2017, he was promoted to the current position as the Manager for IT operations of the Group, heading the Information Technology Department of the group and reporting directly to the group CEO.

Prior to joining First Capital, Rangajeewa worked as a System Administrator at Hayleys Advantis Limited in 2005.

Rangajeewa is a Member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka and holds a CCNA in Computing & Information System from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.

Ms. Nisansala Munasinghe

Manager-Branding and Marketing Services

Nisansala Munasinghe counts over 7 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations and business development. Developing communications solutions for both local and international brands.

She commenced her career at Grant Public Relations, a subsidiary of the Grant McCann Group. Subsequently, she was responsible for marketing communications and international events at the Colombo Stock Exchange.

She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Nisansala holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Mass Communication from Deakin University, Australia and a Diploma in Media

Communication from the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, Australia.

She is presently reading for her Master of Business Administration at the University of Colombo.

 

Mr. Menaka Wavegedara

Senior Manager – Branch Operations

Menaka Wavegedara counts 15 years of experience in the area of fixed income securities.

 Menaka focuses on providing trading and investment solutions, managing a significant client portfolio with geographic focus in the North Western and North Central Provinces.

 His career in financial services commenced at Entrust Securities PLC.

 Menaka is a Licensed Investment Advisor

Mr. Rohana Jayakody

Manager – Matara Branch

Rohana Jayakody counts over 17 years of experience in fixed income securities. Commencing his career at the Employee Provident Fund department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1998 as a Project Officer, Rohana joined First Capital a year later and was promoted to the post of Manager in 2008.

 Rohana currently heads the Matara Branch. His chief focus is in providing trading and investment solutions in fixed income to diverse clients across the Southern Province.

 Rohana holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Special) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a Diploma in Investment Advisory from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Salinda Samarakoon

Manager – Kandy Branch

Salinda Samarakoon counts over 13 years of experience with a decade’s service at First Capital.

 Specialising in fixed income securities, Salinda manages the dealer-trader and strategic investment needs of a diverse client base across the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces.

Mr. Buddhika Edirisinghe

Manager – Negombo

Buddhika Edirisinghe counts over 12 years of service in Government Securities market specialized in Sales & Marketing by serving Corporates and High Net- worth Individuals.

He started his carrier in Entrust Securities PLC (ESPLC) as a Marketing Assistant and held the position of Assistant Manager – Business Development, responsible for all operations in the marketing department.

 He has obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Diploma in Marketing from the University of Kelaniya.