National Board of Directors

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka’s work is overseen by a board of directors and senior leadership staff who deeply believe that all people deserve a decent place to call home. Habitat’s board is responsible for establishing policy and guiding Habitat’s work to construct, rehabilitate, repair and improve housing across Sri Lanka. Our specialised team has the knowledge, skills and experience that accumulates after working in different conditions all over the country. Backed by a strong board and a common belief, it gives us the confidence to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Manjula Mathews

President (2018 -2020)
Director, Janashakthi Insurance PLC

Chanaka De Silva

Vice-President (2018-2020)
President’s Counsel
Partner, Nithya Partners

Pastor Neroshan Perera

Secretary (2018-2020)
National Convenor, TWNF and Pastor PCAG

Minette Perera

Treasurer (2018-2020)
Finance Professional

Amila de Mel

Chartered Architect

Michael Anthonisz

Consultant – Finance

Rajith Fernando

General Manager – Marketing
Citrus Events

Professor Priyan Dias

Snr. Professor – Civil Engineering
University of Moratuwa

Dr. Ravi Fernando

Chairman/CEO – Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability (Pvt) Ltd

Shanek Fernando

Social Development Specialist
World Bank

Marco Montemayor

Associate Director – Regional Programs for Asia-Pacific – HFHI

Mahen Sughadevan

Manager, Systems & IT
Asia Pacific Regional Office – HFHI

Senior Management

Yu Hwa Li      |     National Director

Yu Hwa Li, is an experienced NGO leader in international development, currently serving as the National Director of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka since 2018. Having received his early education at St. Thomas Prep School and the Central College Bandarawela. Mr. Li began his working career at the Bartleet Group of Companies in 1983.

Counting over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, in 1992 he joined World Vision, the global Christian Relief & Development organization; initially serving in the capacity of National Director, of World Vision Lanka and later as Regional Governance Advisor for Asia of World Vision International until 2008.

Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, Mr. Li held the position of Senior Executive Manager, Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC, the National Secretariat for the Catholic National Commission for Justice, Peace & Human Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka from 2016.

Li currently serves on the non-profit Boards of Lanka Evangelical Alliance & Development Services (LEADS), a national NGO; Lanka Financial Services for Under Served Settlements (LFSUS) a non-banking service provider for shelter initiated as a slum upgrading facility under the UN-HABITAT.

A member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) since 2002, Li has received extensive training in Corporate Governance through the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, Chartered Institute of Management Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance and Board Source, a US based organization specializing in nonprofit Board governance.

Clerence Gunarajah

Senior Manager
Finance

Melissa Jayasuriya

Senior Manager
Resource Development

Tuan Arifeen

Senior Manager
Programs

Dwight Savundranayagam

Head of Finance
EU funded project

Joseph Jeyamaran

Senior Project Manager
EU funded project

Paul Camillus John

Finance Manager
EU funded project

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strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter since 1994.