Mr. Chandula Abeywickrema
Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr. Abeywickrema was appointed as a Non-Executive, Independent Director with effect from June 26, 2019 and is the Chairman of People’s Merchant Finance PLC. He is the Co-Founder of ‘Ath Pavura’ the first ever TV reality show for Social Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors in Sri Lanka, telecasted on the largest national TV network and also the Founder and Chairman of Lanka Impact Investing Network (Private) Ltd (LIIN) , Sri Lanka’s very first impact investing firm focused on channeling private equity funds with the purpose of investing and providing business development support to nurture a well-developed eco system of social entrepreneurs across the country.
An accomplished and respected senior commercial banker with lead expertise and experience in retail and development banking, Mr. Abeywickrema has a proven track record of over 30 years and is recognized in Asia as an expert in Financial Inclusion. As Deputy General Manager – Retail & Development Banking, he spearheaded the retail and development banking strategy which provided management and strategic direction in steering HNB’s SME and Microfinance portfolios to greater heights. During his tenure, HNB was named the best retail bank in Sri Lanka by Asia Money for 7 consecutive years, until his retirement in 2013 after serving the bank for 25 years. Subsequently he served as the Managing Director /CEO of CCC Solutions, the project management arm of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2015 and as the Consultant- Strategy and Marketing for National Savings Bank (NSB) from 2016 to 2017.
Mr. Abeywickrema has participated in numerous international symposiums as an expert in the area of financial inclusion and is the current Chairman of the Banking with The Poor Network (BWTP), Asia’s Largest Micro Finance Network. He was also appointed recently by the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) as an Advisor on Financial Inclusion to ABA and has served on a number of Boards of Financial Institutions, both local and international. He is the Chairman of CSR Sri Lanka the national apex body for Corporate Social Responsibility, representing the largest number of private sector companies, Chairman of Lanka Financial Services for Undeserved Settlements, a public and private sector collaborated credit guarantee fund to support low income housing finance, and serves as a member of the Board Directors of World Vision Lanka.