Board Of Directors

Mr. Asanga Seneviratne, Chairman

Asanga Seneviratne is one of the most vibrant figures in the fields of Finance, Investment and Capital management. His expertise spreads beyond boundaries where he has ventured into both local and international arenas for the past two decades. He was the Director/CEO of Asia Capital PLC, the largest listed Investment Bank with the CSE. A significant achievement in his career was when he pioneered online trading enabling direct access to CSE and has been heavily involved in key capital markets, private direct Investment deals from high net worth individuals and large foreign financial institutions. Moving forward, Asanga currently serves as the Managing Director for Asia Asset Management (Pvt) Limited, Anilana Hotels and Properties PLC and Investor Access Equities (Pvt) Limited and is the Chairman for Natwealth Securities. He was also appointed as the Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange where he continues to contribute and develop the Capital and Equity market in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, pursuing his passion for sports, Asanga Seneviratne serves as the President for the SLRFU (Sri Lanka Rugby Federation Union) where he promotes and encourages the development of rugby in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ajahn Punchihewa, CEO

Mr. Ajahn Punchihewa is the Chief Executive Officer and a Board Director of Nation Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd, a premier stock broking company and part of Nation Lanka Finance PLC. He is a holder of a B.SC (Hons) in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham. Ajahn was associated with Asia Securities (Pvt) Ltd., another leading investment bank, prior to forming TKS Securities (Pvt) Ltd, a Malaysian owned licensed stock-brokering house in October 2010. During Mr. Punchihewa’s tenure, NLE has formed strategic alliances with a foreign fund/wealth management company, world-renowned research/media firms and other local and foreign high net worth clientele, helping to largely grow the client base.

Mr. Janaka Palapathwala, Director/General Manager

Mr. Janaka Palapathwala is a Board Director and the General Manager at Nation Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd. He is an Associate Member of the International Professional Finance Managers (London) and a holder of a Diploma in Business Administration. He has vast experience in the Stock Brokering field and has extensive influence in the International business arena. He started his stock brokering career at Lanka Securities and held senior positions at Bartleet Malory Stock Brokers, Ceylinco Stock Brokers and Capital Alliance Securities Pvt) Ltd. He is an Old boy of St Anne’s College Kurunegala and Trinity College Kandy.

Mr. Rajiv Perera, Director

Mr. Rajiv Perera is a Board Director at Nation Lanka Equities (Pvt) Limited and holds Directorate positions at Millennium Housing Developments Limited, Nation Lanka Capital, Nation Lanka Promotions, CLS Airline Suppliers Limited (Wembley, Middlesex, United Kingdom) and R & T Consultancy Group (Pvt) Limited (Sri Lanka). His experience in the international business arena is vast, having held senior positions at Premier Communication International Limited, a United Kingdom based telecommunication company in a joint venture with Sri Lanka Telecom. He has participated in conferences held in Norway, Canada and Czechoslovakia whilst in this role. He has also held Managerial and Research positions at the offices of Mr. Michael Stevens, Member of Parliament (Westminster, London) and the office of Mr. Nirg Deva, Member of Parliament (Brantford) He is the holder of a Diploma in Business Studies from the London Business School.

Miss. Zareefa Noor, Director

Miss Zareefa Noor is a Director for Research and Corporate Finance at Nation Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd. An investment banker and a project development specialist, she is an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) ACMA and the holder of an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia). Her experience in Sri Lanka’s capital market in dates back to 2006, when she held the position of Senior Investment Analyst for Corporate Finance at Asia Capital PLC and subsequently the position of Assistant Manager for Corporate Finance at TKS Securities (Pvt) Limited.