Osman Kassim, a well versed personality in Islamic banking and finance, was instrumental in introducing the concept of Islamic finance to Sri Lanka with the setting up of Amãna Investments in 1997, whose assets and liabilities were later on transferred to Amãna Bank PLC in 2011. He also sits on the Board of Amãna Takaful PLC, the first Islamic insurance company in Sri Lanka, as a founder Director, as well as on the board of its subsidiary Amãna Takaful Life PLC. He has expanded his directorships in Islamic Finance companies overseas as well, where he is a director at Amãna Takaful Maldives & the Maldives Islamic Bank.
With over 40 years of senior management experience, Mr. Kassim was also the founder Chairman of the well-established Expolanka Group of Companies which is engaged in diverse business activities. He is the Chairman of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka, set up in collaboration with APIIT Malaysia and he is also the Chairman of Vidullanka PLC, a leading provider of renewable energy to the National Grid. He also sits on the boards of Aberdeen Holdings (Private) Limited, Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons (Private) Limited, and Crescentrating (Private) Limited – Singapore.
He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist.
Tyeab Akbarally is a senior Director of Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Limited and its subsidiary companies for the past 35 years. Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Limited is a diversified group of companies and is the leading Tea export company which have won many prestigious awards for their export performances. He is also the Chairman of Amãna Takaful PLC. Mr. Akbarally has served as a member of the Executive Committee and as a Committee Member at the National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He is a past Chairman of the Spice and Allied Products Trader's Association and the Colombo Tea Trader's Association. He has considerable experience in the import and export trade and has strong business relationships with the Middle Eastern Countries.
Mohamed Jazri Magdon Ismail is a Financial Consultant and the current President of AAT Sri Lanka. He has served on the Directorate of Alhambra Hotels Limited, the Owners and Operators of Holiday Inn Colombo. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and is a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia. He is a Nominee of the CA Sri Lanka on the Governing Council of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, of which he is also a Fellow Member.
Harsha Amarasekera, President Counsel is a leading Lawyer in Sri Lanka having a wide practice in the Original Courts as well as in the Appellate Courts, specialising in Commercial Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law.
He also serves as an Independent Director in several leading listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange including CIC Holdings PLC (Chairman), Vallibel One PLC, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, Expolanka Holdings PLC, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Ambeon Capital PLC, Amaya Leisure PLC, and Vallibel Power Erathna PLC. He is also the Chairman of CIC Agri Business (Private) Limited, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC & Swisstek Aluminium Limited.
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.
Dr. Mustafa Hassan Mohamed Hassan Al Sabban is a senior investment banking professional who has more than 35 years transactions experience in financial services and private equity focusing on the oil & gas, hospital, automobile and infrastructure sectors. Lately Mr. Sabban has been with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, focusing on corporate strategy and realignment of various business functions in the organization. Mr. Sabban was previously the Senior Partner of DC Gulf, a Dubai-based private equity boutique launched by himself in 2010. The company provides a wide range of corporate finance, investment & business development advisory services to a diversified client base in the MENA region. His track record includes originating and closing transactions comprising equity investments of close to $500 million. Mr. Sabban’s focus has been on intrinsic value investing and include structuring of hedged investments for a $2.5 billion global energy and commodities private equity fund with exit returns in the 20-25% IRR range. Dr. Sabban has long established relationships with several high net worth investment groups and family offices in the MENA region which he has been able to leverage extensively throughout his career.
Before launching DCGulf, Mr. Sabban was a Vice President at the Direct Investments Group in SEDCO Holding, a Jeddah-based investment holding company. He also has worked in the Treasury and Asset Management departments at multiple international banks including Chase Manhattan, Saudi Hollandi Bank (ABN-AMRO) and Banque Saudi Fransi (Credit Agricole).
Mr. Sabban holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Management and Accounting. He obtained his MS in Hospital Management in 1992 and MBA in 1994. Dr. Sabban obtained his PhD in IT and Business Management in 2002. He also holds multiple diplomas in the fields on risk management, private equity and performance management. He is fluent in French, English and Arabic and is currently based out of Dubai, UAE.
Mrs. Dayani de Silva joined Amãna Bank PLC in March 2016.
Dayani is a Fellow Member of ICSA – The Governance Institute UK. She was also awarded Founder Membership of the Institute of Chartered Corporate Secretaries Sri Lanka. Her professional experience as a Chartered Secretary counts over 30 years.
Prior to joining Amãna Bank, her experience included Corporate Secretaryship in a Finance Company and thereafter in a local Multinational Group (presently owned by a conglomerate based in UAE). Her experience in this Group of Companies specifically included incorporation of a Finance & Leasing Company, an Insurance Company and also obtaining relevant regulatory licenses for the above companies. Additionally, she also has exposure to People Management.
Last year Dayani was invited by an Accounting Body in Sri Lanka to participate as a Guest Speaker on Corporate Secretaryship and Corporate Governance.