National Board of Directors 2017-2018
Mr. Lakshan Madurasinghe
Country Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited
Mr Lakshan Madurasinghe is a public relations, communications, corporate responsibility and international development focused professional. His academic background consists of management, diplomacy and international relations, human resource management, psychology and economics. Having being initially introduced to the non-profit sector as a volunteer he has steadily progressed in this sector to hold senior leadership positions. Presently, he is employed at Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited as the Country Public Affairs and Communication Manager. He has been associated with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka for a decade in leadership roles and was appointed as President and Chairman of the National Board of Directors in September, 2015.
Ms. Amila de Mel
Ms. Amila de Mel is a Chartered Architect with a multi-disciplinary design practice ADM Architects Pvt Ltd. Her special interest centers on low cost and sustainable architecture. She has had the privilege of working in the studio of veteran architects such as Mr. Geoffrey Bawa and Mr. C. Anjalendran. Together with two other partners, she has founded a company Solve Alternative Housing Pvt Ltd researching and endeavoring to construct with sustainable and alternative, cost effective technologies. She has served Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka since 2006, and was appointed as Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2014.
Mr. Revanke de Silva
Director – Operations – Heritage Teas (Pvt) Ltd.,
Mr. Revanke De Silva is the Director of Operations at Heritage Teas (Pvt.) Limited. He holds a Degree in Information Technology and records more than 17 years experience working with Heritage Teas (Pvt.) Ltd. He is a fully trained and certified FSMS auditor and is responsible for systems implementation. He also serves as a Pastor of the Livingway Church, Battaramulla. He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2012 and currently serves as the Secretary.
Ms. Manjula Mathews
Non-Executive Director of Janashakthi Insurance PLC
Ms Manjula Mathews has over two decades of experience in finance, marketing and general management, both in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. She served as the Managing Director of the listed entity Dunamis Capital PLC and its subsidiaries First Capital Holdings PLC and Kelsey Developments PLC for many years and recently relinquished her role as the group’s Chairperson in 2017. She is a non-executive director of Janashakthi Insurance PLC. Ms. Mathews is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cambridge, UK. She joined the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2015.
Mr. Ernesto Castro
Director, Regional Programmes for Asia-Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International, Asia-Pacific Region
Ernesto Castro currently serves Habitat for Humanity as the Director, Regional Programs for the Asia and the Pacific Region providing support in program strategy and business planning, governance, operational support, tracking and monitoring of the implementation of the strategic plans of HFH national programs across Asia-Pacific. He possess a Master’s Degree in International Relations and has more than 17 years of experience with HFH including working roles in disaster response in Latin America, serving as the Project Director 2005-2006 for the Tsunami Response in Thailand and project managing the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project 2004 and 2006 in Mexico and India, respectively. He joined the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2012.
Mr. Eardley Perera
Chairman of Dunamis Capital PLC and Kelsey Developments PLC
Mr. Eardley Perera is an eminent marketing professional. Eardley Perera is a Chartered Marketer and a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and has followed management training in Sweden, the UK, South Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. He currently serves as the Chairman of Dunamis Capital PLC and Kelsey Developments PLC. Further he functions as a Director of Janashakthi Insurance PLC, Janashakthi PLC, RIL Properties PLC, Janashakthi General Insurance Limited, Premier Synthetic Leather Manufacturers (Private) Limited, Sting Consultants (Private) Limited and Brand Finance Lanka (Private) Limited. He has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka since 2013.
Mr. Christopher M. Anthonisz
Consultant – Finance
Mr. Michael Anthonisz is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and he previously worked as Vice President and Head of Group Internal Audit at John Keels Holdings. He is an expert in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), having introduced the subject to group companies through numerous workshops conducted on Risk Management. Presently he functions as a Partner at K A L Rupasinghe & Co. – Chartered Accountants. He is a renowned artist and he is also a key figure in Sri Lanka’s swimming arena. He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2014 and currently serves as the Treasurer.
Mr. Rajith Stephan Fernando
Manager – Media and Communications, Sri Lankan Cricket Board
Mr. Rajith Fernando currently serves as the General Manager of Marketing at Citrus Events. He formerly served as the Manager of Media and Communications at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board from 2012 -2016. Prior to joining SLCC he served as the Head of Marketing for Daily Mirror newspapers and as a Business Development Consultant for Wijeya Newspapers. He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2014.
Professor Priyan Dias
Senior Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Moratuwa
Professor Priyan Dias holds a doctorate from Imperial College, London and is a Senior Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa. He has been Head of Department from 2007 to 2010; and has served as the University of Moratuwa’s Director of Research from 2014 to 2017. He was a staff worker for the Fellowship of Christian University Students soon after his graduation; and later chaired its administrative council. An Associate Editor of the International Journal of Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, he has held Commonwealth and Fulbright Research Fellowships at the Universities of Bristol (1992/1992) and Carnegie Mellon (2000/2001). He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2014.
Dr. Ravi Fernando
Chairman/CEO, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability (Pvt) Ltd
Dr. Ravi Fernando is an Executive in Residence at the INSEAD Social Innovation center and is a visiting faculty member of the INSEAD International Directors program & the INSEAD Advanced Management Program since 2005. He is the author of ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability – 7 Imperatives for Sustainable Business’ (Partridge 2015). He is an alumni of the University of Cambridge having completed a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership in 2014 and holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the European University, Switzerland 2016. His career with multi-national corporations & local businesses spans over 27 years covering global exposure in MNC’s in Africa, Middle East and Asia. He serves on the Boards of LOLC Holdings Ltd., Ceylon Asset Management & Aitken Spence Plantations Ltd. He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2016.
Pastor Neroshan Perera
Executive Pastor for the Peoples’ Church – Assembly of God (PCAG)
Pastor Neroshan Perera serves as a Pastor for the People’s Church – Assembly of God (PCAG) both as an Executive Pastor and as the National Convener, Head of Department of Foreign Missions of the PCAG. He has been a Mission Pastor and a Regional Pastor involved in missions, relief and development and youth engagement. He currently serves as a board member of People’s Church Assembly of God, Global Impact, Prison Fellowship and the Council of the Colombo Theological Seminary. He joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2016.
Mr. Shanek Fernando
Programme Officer – Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Sri Lanka.
Mr. Shanek Fernando has over 10 years of experience in designing, implementing, monitoring & evaluating multi-sectoral project portfolios worth over USD 35 million, implemented/funded by over 20 multi-lateral donors and international/local development agencies, more specifically by the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Computer Science from Norwich University, USA. His work has covered over 12 districts in Sri Lanka especially, in the post-Tsunami and post-war contexts and has supported over 500 relief and development interventions. He joined the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in 2016.
Mr. Chanaka De Silva
Attorney-at-Law & Partner, Nithya Partners
Mr. Chanaka de Silva Attorney-at-Law & Partner, Nithya Partners began his legal career as a State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department in 1987 after having being admitted to the Bar in 1986. He resigned from this position in late 1996 to form Nithya Partners. Chanaka specializes in Banking, Commercial Law and Litigation and well known for his expertise in Project Finance transactions and negotiations. His forte being in the fields of alternate dispute resolution and litigation, Chanaka has handled several high profile international and local arbitrations representing both local and international corporations and multinationals. He is also an expert in legal due diligence projects. Some of his roles include: Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka on Infrastructure Development relates issues; Senior Legal Consultant to the Secretariat for Infrastructure Development & Investment; Legal Advisor to the Public Enterprise Reform Commission of Sri Lanka; members of several high profile Committees related to Public Enterprise restructuring; member of the Advisory Commission on Intellectual Property in Sri Lanka. Chanaka has also been ranked as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution and Banking by Chambers & Partners.