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Lalith Fernando

Lalith Fernando

3Lalith T. Fernando

Group Business Controller –Dialog Axiata Plc.

Lalith is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He holds a MBA from PIM- University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a Master of Financial Economics Degree from the University of Colombo. He is also the President of AT Sri Lanka at present.

Lalith has been serving the Governing Council of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka as a nominee of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka since 2010.  Having functioned as its Voce-President from 2012 he was elected as the 8th President of the Association for the term 2014/2015.

Lalith selected accountancy as a professional career, achieving Fellow Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the premier body of accounting profession.  He is also a Fellow Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, as well as the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lana, which elected him as the President.

In academics, he served the College of Banking, affiliated to the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka as a Visiting Lecturer in Monetary and Financial Systems, Financial Management, and Risk Management during 2006 – 2010, and also as a Visiting Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Moratuwa in 2008. Currently he continues as a Visiting Lecturer in the Masters Degree course in Financial Economics at the University of Colombo.

Over the past 23 years of his professional career Lalith has accumulated a wealth of experience in many fields – auditing/consultancy, accounting and tax, corporate planning, corporate finance and treasury, customer service, project management, facilities and general management in diversified sectors such as manufacturing, banking, utility, software development, and telecommunication sectors both locally and in overseas assignments.

Using his academic and for professional experience Lalith had presented papers in several national conferences on Risk management and Internal Audit Quality Assurance and had also conducted workshops for Auditors, Bankers and Central Bank on Internal Audit Quality Assurance and Governance.

At present he functions as the Group Business Controller of Dialog Axiata PLC having held the positions of Group Financial Controller, and Chief Internal Auditor during 2006 – 2014. Prior to joining Dialog, he was the Head of Financial Process Outsourcing of Virtusa Sri Lanka; a Global Software Developer headquartered in the USA, and served in the Banking sector for over 5 years.

Lalith is an alumna of Ananda College Colombo. He completed the Master of Business Administration Degree at Postgraduate Institute of Management – University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2006, and the Master of Financial Economics Degree at the University of Colombo in 2012.