Ali Asghar (Asgi) Akbarally is an Executive Director of Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd, one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified corporates, globally renowned for its tea exports. Asgi Akbarally holds directorship in multiple subsidiaries and affiliates of the Akbar Group covering sectors such as Manufacturing, Property Development, Hotels & Leisure, Healthcare, Power Generation, Packaging & Printing, Logistics and Environmental Services. He is the Managing Director of Renewgen (Pvt) Ltd and Chairman of Windforce (Pvt) Ltd, Hermitage Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, Uthurumaafaru Holding (Pvt) Ltd Maldives, Lhaviyani Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Cocoon Investments (Pvt) Ltd Maldives. He is also a director of Alumex PLC.
Asgi Akbarrally is currently the Honorary Consul of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon. He holds a BSc Degree in Industrial Engineering from the California State University and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. A classic car enthusiast, Asgi Akbarally has authored a coffee table book on “Classic and Vintage Automobiles of Ceylon” and is the Patron of the Classic Car Club of Ceylon.
Rajiv Nandlal Dvivedi is currently the CEO of Eagle Investments Limited, a privately owned Investments and Advisory firm based in the DIFC, Dubai, UAE. He has over 40 years of Commercial and Investment banking, Corporate finance, and Investments experience. He spent 35 years at Citibank in various senior executive positions: 28 years in Commercial and Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Risk Management in the Middle East and seven years in Consumer Banking with Citibank in New York, USA. In addition to Amãna Bank, Mr. Dvivedi currently sits on the Board of Candor Group of Companies (Sri Lanka), Eagle Investments Limited (UAE) and Eagle India Investments Sharia Fund I Limited (Mauritius). He holds an MBA in Finance from Long Island University, New York, USA.
Dilshan Hettiaratchi is a Partner/ Managing Director of Faber Capital Limited which is an investment banking firm headquartered in Dubai. The firm specialises in Capital Markets, Renewable Energy and Advisory opportunities. He has over 25 years of banking and financial markets experience. Prior to joining Faber Capital, he was the Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets - MENA and Pakistan for Standard Chartered Bank. In this role he advised many high profile issuers from the Middle East such as The Government of Dubai, The Government of Ras Al Khaimah and other Corporates and Financial Institutions from the ME region to tap the International Bond and Sukuk markets. Prior to joining SCB, he worked with Citi National Investment Bank, which was the investment banking arm of Citibank and NDB based in Colombo, as well as at Waldock Mackenzie Limited which was the investment banking arm of John Keells Holdings. He is a Director of Asset Trust Management Limited, which is a SEC regulated Asset Management Company. He was also a Steering Committee member of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA), and the Chair of the Government Bond issuance committee in 2011. He has been a speaker/panellist at a number of industry conferences in Debt Markets over the last few years.
He holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, is a CFA Charter Holder and is an ACMA (UK).
Aaron Russell-Davison is a veteran banker with 20 years’ experience across banking and financial institutions, including capital markets, bond and loan syndication, sales, trading, portfolio management and brokerage. Most recently, his tenure at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore spanned over 6 years, at the most senior levels of Capital Markets, as the Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. He also has served as Director, Capital Markets in prominent global institutions such as Credit Suisse, Hong Kong; Standard Bank of South Africa, Hong Kong; and Hypo-Vereins Bank, London. He has also held Board positions as an Independent Non-Executive Director of leading financial institutions, whilst serving in the capacity of Chairman - Group Risk Committee and as a member in the Group Audit, Remuneration and Related Party Committees. He has worked across multiple geographies and cultures with a strong Asian aspect, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian History and Politics) from the University of Western Australia.
Mohammed Ataur Rahman Chowdhury is a seasoned financial sector specialist, having spent more than 18 years across in the Financial Institutions domain covering multiple geographic regions across Middle-East, North Africa, West Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. His diversified experience was spent mostly in senior roles in direct financing, investment banking, commercial banking, FI equities, board representations and turning around financial institutions. Joined in 2007, at present, Mr. Chowdhury holds the position of Head of Banking Equities at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD); the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group leading establishments and formulating strategies of more than 15 Islamic banks with aggregate portfolio of nearly USD 260 million. He is a Board member in Maldives Islamic Bank. Briefly, Mr. Chowdhury also worked as Adviser, Financial Institutions for The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, UK on secondment from ICD.
Mr. Chowdhury’s professional career, preceding his ICD tenor, included 7 years in Bangladesh’s financial sector, holding the roles of: Corporate Relationship Manager in Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited (Bangladesh operation), Investment Manager in IPDC (the first Development Financial Institution in the country) and Senior Investment Analyst in BRAC-EPL (a premier investment bank in the country).
A well learned individual, Mr. Chowdhury holds an MBA in Finance from IE Business School, Spain, and another MBA in Finance & Accounting from North South University, Bangladesh. He has also earned a Diploma in Board Certification of Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, United Kingdom.
Syed Muhammed Asim Raza has over thirty years of diverse experience in banking and engineering industries at senior management level. He is well versed in all aspects of public and private sectors projects and equity financing including identification, preparation, due diligence, implementation and post implementation activities. He has a vast experience in remedial asset management which involved recovery of classified portfolio through restructuring, liquidation and litigation activities. Currently attached to Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), Mr. Raza is involved in developing the enabling environment for trusts and endowments sector in OIC member and non-member countries; providing technical assistance for capacity building, regulatory and institutional development. He is deeply involved in the development of new endowments as well as establishment of commercial real estate projects on idle endowment land for transforming them in to revenue generating asset. Currently, he is supervising the global projects portfolio of more than US$ 300 million. Prior to joining IsDB, Mr. Raza worked in Pakistan and served on various senior positions at different financial institutions. He served as Vice President at Muslim Commercial Bank and Atlas Investment Bank Limited. He worked twelve years with the National Development Finance Corporation, which was mandated for the development of infrastructure projects in Pakistan. Mr. Raza holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. He is a member of various Engineering Council and Institutes and has represented IsDB as a speaker at various prestigious forums and conferences.
Khairul Muzamel Perera has over 30 years of banking related experience including stints at a credit rating agency and a national asset management institution. He is currently the Chief Credit Officer overseeing the Credit Management Division at Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, which covers Credit Analysis, Credit Analytics, Valuation and the Central Financing Processing function. He also Chairs various Financing Committees and the Underwriting & Investment Committee in the Bank and the Investment Committee at BIMB Investment Management Berhad, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank. Khairul joined the Risk Management Division of the Bank in April 2009, heading the Credit Risk Management unit. A Chartered Company Secretary by profession, Khairul is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, London.
Omar Kassim is a fintech focused technology entrepreneur, who specialises in conceiving, building, and exiting interesting technology ventures. Omar is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nomod, a London headquartered startup building a highly efficient, scalable, business banking platform to empower millions of entrepreneurs and startups around the world to start and grow their businesses with inventive payment and banking tools. Omar also Co-Founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Esanjo, a trading, investment, and technology business based in Dubai, where he remains a member of the Board. Omar previously founded and exited JadoPado, a highly regarded e-commerce technology platform addressing the Middle East, North African, and South Asia. Omar holds a BsC in Electronics Engineering and Business Studies from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.
Mohamed Adamaly is a leading legal professional in Sri Lanka having a wide Civil Law practice in the Original Courts and Appellate Courts, with a focus on Commercial Law, Labour Law, Insurance Law, and Banking & Credit related laws. Adamaly also specializes in Investment Advisory, Business Set-up/Restructuring Services and Corporate Acquisitions. Adamaly graduated from the Faculty of Law University of Colombo with Honours while also achieving First Class Honours from the Sri Lanka Law College before being admitted as an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1994. Adamaly has served as a visiting lecture at the University of Colombo and at the Sri Lanka Law College. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM UK) and is a leading lecture for CIM and formerly for CIMA, in Sri Lanka. Due to his vast legal expertise coupled with his business acumen, Adamaly holds and has held directorships in several public and private companies including in the David Peiris Group, Bogala Graphite Lanka PLC, Assetline Leasing Company Limited and Sinwa Holdings Limited. Adamaly is also a leading thespian in the country and has received the National TOYP Award for his contribution to Drama and Literature.
Paul Mercer is an English law qualified lawyer with over 20 years of experience working in banking, particularly in Islamic Finance. Paul has extensive experience in corporate governance and has used his skills and experience as a Director on a number of boards representing the Kuwait Finance House Group. Paul was the Chairman of Bahrain Investment Bank, Ibdar Bank, and as Chairman of the Board, he oversaw a three-way bank merger involving Elaf Bank, Capital Management House and Capivest. In recent years Paul has been actively engaged on Islamic Banking regulation in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and the implementation of capital and governance requirements. While working as a lawyer in private practice and as in-house legal counsel at Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), Paul has advised on a full range of legal issues relating to Islamic Finance and helped in the preparation of transactional documentation designed to comply with Islamic Law. Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is registered as an arbitrator on the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre Roster of Arbitrators.
Tishan Subasinghe, is a Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and the Managing Director and Joint Managing Partner of Moore Stephens Consulting (Private) Limited and Moore Stephens Aiyar respectively. Before that he was the Head of Audit and Assurance at BDO Partners. He is also the Chairman of Sanasa General Insurance Company Limited and is also a Council Member of the University of Moratuwa. His profession also expands overseas where he had work experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Botswana spanning several years. These were supported by the international training that he has undergone in USA, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Malaysia, Indonesia and Rome. As a member of CA Sri Lanka, Tishan has served as the Chairman of the Annual Report Awards Committee, National Conference Committee and Examinations Committee. He also held the post of Vice President of the Young Chartered Accountants Forum (YCAF). Tishan is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA-USA) and has an MBA in Finance by the University of Colombo with a Gold Medal and has earned an LLB (Hons.) degree from the Buckinghamshire New University. He is also a visiting lecturer at several Government Universities and had also conducted international training in Maldives and Bhutan.