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BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
  • HUSEIN ESUFALLY

    Non-Executive Chairman

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    Mr. Husein Esufally started his career with the Group's FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) business, where he steered the Company for a period of 19 years, during which, the business established a strong consumer franchise. Thereafter, he served for 13 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hemas Group until he relinquished his position in March 2014. Presently, he serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of Hemas Holdings PLC, whilst also chairing the Boards of its FMCG and pharmaceutical manufacturing subsidiaries. Mr. Esufally is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance PLC. He also serves on the Boards of several other companies and is involved in several social projects. Mr. Esufally holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Electronics from the University of Sussex, UK having received his primary education at St. Thomas College, Mt Lavinia.

  • Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson

    Director/CEO
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    Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson joined Hemas Holdings PLC in 2002, where she held many senior management positions, including Chief Process Officer and Managing Director of the Hemas Transportation Sector. In 2016, Kasturi took over as Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals, Surgicals and Diagnostics, where she was responsible for driving the company’s local and regional expansion. She also functioned as the Managing Director of Hemas Mobility Sector prior to being appointed as Deputy Group CEO in July 2020. She was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC on the 1 st of October 2020. Kasturi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and is an alumni of the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Capital Alliance Limited as a Non-Executive Director, along with several other Hemas subsidiaries in the healthcare and consumer industries. Kasturi is an active member of several industry associations, and is currently the first female President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry , and serves on the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She was recognised as one of the twelve Top Women Change-Makers in the country in 2019, by the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Kasturi also represented Sri Lanka as a member of the National Netball and Basketball Teams.

  • ABBAS ESUFALLY

    Non-Executive Director

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    With over 35 years' experience in the Tourism industry, Mr. Abbas Esufally has played a pivotal role in expanding the Group's Leisure interest, He serves as a Group Director of Hemas Holdings PLC, Chairman of Serendib Hotels PLC, Dolphin Hotels PLC, Hotel Sigiriya PLC as well as Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka's premier Destination Management Company. He also serves on several other listed and unlisted company boards. He has played an active part in the growth and development of the country's Tourism industry. Mr. Esufally serves as the Chairman of the Mercantile Service Provident Society of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and is a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and a Member of the Advisory Council appointed by the Hon. Minister of Tourism. Mr. Esufally is a Fellow Member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He is an all Island Justice of Peace and serves as the Honorary Consul of Bhutan in Sri Lanka.

  • MURTAZA ESUFALLY

    Non-Executive Director

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    Mr. Murtaza Esufally counts more than 25 years of experience in senior management levels. He is the Chairman of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd and Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd, and is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Centre for Poverty Analysis. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne, He is a Barrister of the Lincoln's Inn and holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Essex, UK. Mr. Esufally is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

  • Sriyan De Silva Wijeyeratne

    Executive Director

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    Sriyan was the Managing Director / CEO of Teejay Lanka PLC, which is one of the S&P Top 20 Companies and was recognized during his time with numerous awards including being Winner of Forbes “Asia’s 200 Best under a Billion Dollar Company” and winning the International Textile Firm of the Year at the World Textile Awards. He served as Country Manager of Microsoft while subsequently having responsibility for some regional markets, was Director Marketing and Sales of Suntel, previously at Nestles and more recently was Group CEO for the conglomerate Abans. He is currently the Chairman of the Employees Trust Fund Board, which is the second largest superannuation fund in the country. He has several academic and business awards to his credit and is a frequent speaker at leading forums locally and globally. He was previously named CIMA Business Manager of the Year and is involved in many Chambers and local and global charities. He possesses a First Class in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, a Master’s Degree from the same university and has had Executive education at many global institutions including INSEAD and CCL. He is a Fellow member of CIMA, UK, and is also a CGMA. He was on the International Board of Youth Business International, which is one of Prince Charles’ Charities based out of UK and has served on several local Boards. He is President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society and passionate about travelling, spending time with the family, music, Community work, Conservation and photography. Sriyan enjoys catalyzing and transforming businesses and working on unlocking business potential, while leveraging technology and people to compliment the best of each other. He has been serving as Managing Director of Hemas Manufacturing and Group Digital Lead since May this year.

  • IMTIAZ ESUFALLY

    Non-Executive Director

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    Mr. Imtiaz Esufally serves as the Chairman of the Transportation Sector of the Group and serves as a Member of the Hemas Audit Committee. He served as the Chairman of Hemas Power PLC until its disposal in 2014. Mr. Esufally holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Kent, UK. He counts over 25 years of management experience and has been in the forefront of the Transportation industry in Sri Lanka.

  • DR. ANURA EKANAYAKE

    Independent Director

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    Dr. Anura Ekanayake is a former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Association of Sri Lanka and The International Natural Rubber Council. He has had an illustrious career in public service serving as a Senior Economist of the Mahaweli Authority, Director on the Boards of the State Plantations Corporation and JEDB, Director of Planning to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Director General of the Ministry of Public Administration. Dr. Ekanayake held directorships in all 23 regional plantations companies and also served on the Tea Research Board, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture and Plantation Housing and Social Welfare Development Trust. He Left his two decade Long public service and joined Unilever Sri Lanka and served as Director - Human Resources and Corporate Relations for 8 years. He serves at present on a number of boards of listed companies and non-Listed companies. Dr. Ekanayake, holds a B.A. (Horns) and MSc (Agriculture) from the University of Peradeniya and a Ph.D in Economics from the Australian National University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Dr. Ekanayake is a firm advocate of developing human capital and people transformation.

  • SAKTHA AMARATUNGA

    Independent Director

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    Mr. Saktha Amaratunga joined the Board in January 2016. Mr. Amaratunga is currently a Commissioner of PT Agro Indomas Indonesia and is also a Member of the Upstream and Downstream Audit Sub Committee of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd a subsidiary of the Carson Cumberbatch Group. He was previously Regional Audit Controller (Asia Pacific) for British American Tobacco. He has more than 20 years' experience with British American Tobacco. having performed senior finance roles for the Group in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. and also being the Finance Director of British American Tobacco operations in the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Japan and Malaysia (IT Shared Services Organisation). He has many years of experience in Strategy Development, Business Restructuring, Risk and Governance, International Finance and People Development. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and also a Member of CPA Australia.

  • JYOTINDRA MANIBHAI TRIVEDI

    Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Mr Jyotindra Trivedi has more than 35 years of experience in Indian financial services industry and more than 25 years with Indian Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry. Mr Trivedi joined CDC, a UK based development finance institution, in 1997 to set up its Mumbai office. He was one the founding partners when Actis LLP was spun out of CDC in 2004. He took over Leadership of Actis South Asia in 2007. Mr Trivedi retired from Actis in 2017. By 2017. Actis had raised more than US$12bn since it was formed in 2004. As a member of global. investment committee of Actis Mr Trivedi had an overview of the investment activity of Actis across its key markets such as China, South Asia, Africa and Latin America and its key sectors such as Consumer, Healthcare, FinanciaL Services and Industrial. Mr Trivedi has been involved in numerous investments of Actis in India, most notabLy India Infoline(IIFL), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, UTI Bank(now Axis Bank), Sterling Hospitals, Paras Pharmaceuticals and Avtec many of which have grown into Large businesses with leadership position in their respective sectors. Prior to Joining CDC, Mr Trivedi was senior vice president of GVFL, one of the first VC funds India. Mr Trivedi was part of the founding team of GVFL when it was set up in 1990 and was involved with its first three funds which focused on technology based start-up and early stage companies. Prior to joining GVFL he worked with GIIC, a development bank and AtuL Products, a dyes and intermediates conglomerate. Mr Trivedi graduated as a chemical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and holds a Diploma in Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India. Mr Trivedi currently serves on the board of Ostro Energy Private Limited which is an Actis owned company and is building a clean energy platform with Wind and Solar assets of more than 1000mw capacity in India.

BOARD OF
MANAGEMENT
  • Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson

    Executive Director/CEO

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    Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson joined Hemas Holdings PLC in 2002, where she held many senior management positions, including Chief Process Officer and Managing Director of the Hemas Transportation Sector. In 2016, Kasturi took over as Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals, Surgicals and Diagnostics, where she was responsible for driving the company’s local and regional expansion. She also functioned as the Managing Director of Hemas Mobility Sector prior to being appointed as Deputy Group CEO in July 2020. She was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC on the 1 st of October 2020. Kasturi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and is an alumni of the Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Capital Alliance Limited as a Non-Executive Director, along with several other Hemas subsidiaries in the healthcare and consumer industries. Kasturi is an active member of several industry associations, and is currently the first female President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry , and serves on the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She was recognised as one of the twelve Top Women Change-Makers in the country in 2019, by the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Kasturi also represented Sri Lanka as a member of the National Netball and Basketball Teams.

  • Sriyan De Silva Wijeyeratne

    Managing Director -FMCG Sri Lanka

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    Sriyan was the Managing Director / CEO of Teejay Lanka PLC, which is one of the S&P Top 20 Companies and was recognized during his time with numerous awards including being Winner of Forbes “Asia’s 200 Best under a Billion Dollar Company” and winning the International Textile Firm of the Year at the World Textile Awards. He served as Country Manager of Microsoft while subsequently having responsibility for some regional markets, was Director Marketing and Sales of Suntel, previously at Nestles and more recently was Group CEO for the conglomerate Abans. He is currently the Chairman of the Employees Trust Fund Board, which is the second largest superannuation fund in the country. He has several academic and business awards to his credit and is a frequent speaker at leading forums locally and globally. He was previously named CIMA Business Manager of the Year and is involved in many Chambers and local and global charities. He possesses a First Class in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, a Master’s Degree from the same university and has had Executive education at many global institutions including INSEAD and CCL. He is a Fellow member of CIMA, UK, and is also a CGMA. He was on the International Board of Youth Business International, which is one of Prince Charles’ Charities based out of UK and has served on several local Boards. He is President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society and passionate about travelling, spending time with the family, music, Community work, Conservation and photography. Sriyan enjoys catalyzing and transforming businesses and working on unlocking business potential, while leveraging technology and people to compliment the best of each other. He has been serving as Managing Director of Hemas Manufacturing and Group Digital Lead since May this year.

  • Dinesh Athapaththu

    Managing Director of Morison PLC

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    Dinesh Athapaththu is the Managing Director of Morison PLC. He is an Fellow member of Charted Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and has Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kelaniya. He also completed his MBA from the same university. Dinesh joined with Morison PLC in 2016 as Director Finance and Commercial and appointed as the Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Dinesh Started his career at Brandix as a cost executive and progressed up to be the Finance Controller at Brandix Textile Ltd. He held positions of Financial controller and regional financial controller for Indonesian based plantations of Good Hope Asia Holdings from 2010 to 2016

  • LAKITH PEIRIS

    Managing Director, Hemas Hospitals

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    Lakith joined Hemas on 01st April 2015. He is a well-known leader in the Healthcare industry having been the CEO of one of the most successful city hospitals over the past 7 years. He has over 20 years' experience in top management at a host of healthcare related MNCs including BiBraun Asia Pacific, Lifesery and ConvaTec A Bristol Myers Squibb Company of USA amongst others. He holds a Doctorate in Business & Management, an MBA from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and is a Certified Professional Marketer from the Asia Pacific Marketing Federation and holds a Postgraduate DipLoma in Marketing from the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. Lakith has memberships in several professionaL Associations and Federations. He is a Member of the Private Health Services Regulatory Council of the Ministry of Health and also serves the Regulatory CounciL in various sub-committees.

  • JUDE FERNANDO

    Managing Director Hemas Pharmaceuticals

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    Jude Fernando joined Hemas Pharmaceuticals in August 2020. Prior to re-joining Hemas he served as the Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Janashakthi Insurance PLC since 2014.He brings with him over 26 years of experience in senior positions across the fields of finance, supply chain management, sales and marketing, and international marketing, including the roles of Director/CEO of Janashakthi insurance PLC, Director/ CEO Kotmale Holdings PLC, and Executive Director – Sales & Distribution for Cargills Manufacturing Brands. He has served on the Boards of Dunamis Capital PLC, Kelsey Homes, and First Capital Holdings PLC. Jude held the position of Director Supply Chain of Hemas Manufacturing prior taking up the role of Director/ CEO post at Kotmale PLC in 2008. An Accountant by profession, Jude holds an MBA from the University of Wales and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (UK), a Fellow Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). He also completed the Executive Leadership Development program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • RUWANI HETTIARACHCHI

    Chief Growth Officer

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    Prior to her role in Hemas, Ruwani was the CEO and Founder of Vox & Co. a boutique strategy consultancy firm and was Head of Research & Consulting at Stax, a U.S. based strategy consulting firm for 6 years. Ruwani is on the board of two of Hemas Digital Healthcare startups. She previously served on the board of Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management at SLIIT. Ruwani has an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Asitha Samaraweera

    Managing Director Atlas Axillia

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    Asitha Samaraweera currently is the Managing Director of Atlas Axillia Co Ltd., a Hemas Holdings group company. Atlas Axillia Co Ltd is one of Sri Lanka’s most respected local brands and is a market leader in school stationery and notebooks, pens, pencils and colour products, with products retailed in over 70,000 outlets across Sri Lanka.

    Before his current role he counts over 12 years’ experience in leading FMCG businesses both in Sri Lanka and overseas. Asitha was the CEO of CBL Cocos (Pvt) Ltd., and CBL Global Foods, both subsidiaries of Ceylon Biscuits Limited before joining Atlas Axilla. The company was a leading player in the coconut products industry with a substantial export interest.

    Prior to his role at CBL, Asitha headed IFFCO (Frozen Foods) and GFI – leading Dubai-based FMCG companies for six years. The two companies are leading processed meat and frozen bakery product manufactures in the Middle East.

    Prior to his stint in the middle east he served as CEO of Keells Food Products and Vice President at John Keells Holdings PLC. Keells food Products PLC is the leading processed food manufacturer and marketer in Sri Lanka.

    Asitha began his career with Nestle joining as a management training and rising in the ranks in the marketing arena. In his career in marketing he was involved in many successful campaigns which included the Nestomalt’s defeat of Powermalt which is now a well know case study.

    He has a background in Marketing with an MSc in International Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics one of the leading universities in the world. He also has a BSc in Business Administration, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA. His Schooling was at St Thomas College, Mount Lavinia.

  • Zalmi Fazeel

    Group Chief Financial Officer

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    Mr. Zalmi Fazeel has served as an Executive Vice President heading the finance, legal and IT operations of Saudi Cable Company, Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2017. He served at the Savola Group, Saudi Arabia, between 2000 and 2013 in various roles, including that of Executive Director-Group Treasury, Chief Financial Officer of Edible Oil Subsidiaries, Head of Finance and IT at the United Sugar Company, and Head of Finance Shared Services. He started his career at Pfizer Sri Lanka currently known as Astron Limited, in 1984. He was appointed to the Board of Astron in 1992, which position he held until he moved to Saudi Arabia in January 2000. He was an independent Board member and Chaired the Audit committee of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Limited, from March 2017 to July 2018. At present he serves the Board of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd as a Non- Executive Director. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). Mr. Zalmi Fazeel has been appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC w.e.f 1st September 2018.

    Mr. Zalmi Fazeel has been appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC w.e.f 1st September 2018.