Rohini Nanayakkara

Rohini Nanayakkara

8Mrs Rohini Nanayakkara obtained her BA 2nd Class Honours Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Diploma in French from the Chamber of Commerce, Brussels.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Management & the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka.

 She was the first woman executive to join a Commercial Bank with the rare distinction of being the first woman General Manager/CEO of a Bank in Sri Lanka and the Asian Region.  At Bank of Ceylon – the largest Sri Lankan Bank, she managed a work force of 10,300 bank employees with a local branch network of 321 branches and several overseas branches.

 Some of the main highlights of her tenure of office as General Manager/CEO were the major restructuring and reform program of the Bank in association with international management consultants and the World Bank and also the opening of the first Sri Lankan Bank branches in India and Pakistan. She had the opportunity of working in International Banks such as Midland Bank-UK and Banque Brussels, Lambert, Brussels and working with several International banking correspondents across the globe.

 She was also a Chairman/Director of several financial institutions such as Lanka ORIX Leasing Co. PLC, the National Development Bank, DFCC Bank, Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka and the First Capital Group of Companies.  She is presently the Chairperson of Taprobane Holdings Ltd, Mireka Homes (Pvt) Ltd and the subsidiaries of the Browns Group of Companies. She is also a Director of Eastern Merchants PLC and Overseas Realty (Ceylon) Limited as a nominee of the main Singapore investor.

 After her retirement from the Bank of Ceylon, she was appointed as the General Manager/CEO to set up the Private Sector Infrastructure Development Co Ltd, a Company under the Ministry of Finance with World Bank assistance.  The main infrastructure project funded by this Company is the South Asian Gateway Terminal Project of the port of Colombo.

 Having completed this assignment, she decided to come back to the Banking and Financial World and share her experiences with one of the largest private sector Banks, namely Seylan Bank, as Director-General Manager/CEO.  During her tenure of office she was successful in improving the performance of this Bank with acceptable credit ratings and ISO standards and as a major player in the market.  Seylan Bank received its first Fitch Rating of A- at the time she left the bank in 2003.

 In August 2004 she accepted the invitation extended to her by the shareholders of LOLC to be the Chairperson of the LOLC Group of Companies.

 In January 2005, Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka appointed her as a member of the Task Force to Rebuild the Nation (TAFREN).  This Task Force will be converted to a special authority by an Act of Parliament to undertake the rebuilding exercise over the next 5 year period.

 In September 2005 she assumed duties as the Chairperson of Browns Group of Companies, and in 2008 she was appointed as the Chairperson of Touchwood Investments Limited.

 Mrs Nanayakkara has also been the president of Sri Lanka Bankers Association, Association of Professional Bankers and Institute of Management Sri Lanka and is a member of the council of University of Colombo.