Vajira Kulatilaka - CEO, NDB Investment Banking Cluster
Vajira's immeasurable experience and broad-based knowledge of financial markets has been, and continues to be instrumental in revolutionizing the investment banking arena in Sri Lanka. While at NDB, Vajira has led numerous teams that have carried out successful and record breaking transactions which have earned NDBIB its current position as the leading investment bank in the country. Vajira was instrumental in introducing to the country, a new model for carrying out securitizations. This model was embraced as the industry benchmark in securitizations and, is still being adopted today.
Vajira has previously served in key strategic positions in a number of high profile organizations in Sri Lanka and overseas, including the Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Sampath Bank and CKN Fund Management. He currently holds several directorships within the NDB Group and is on the board of Directors at the Colombo Stock Exchange.
Vajira hails from a multi-disciplinary academic background, having initially entered the engineering field where he obtained a BSc in Engineering (First Class), from the University of Moratuwa and a MEng in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He later diversified into the financial sector, specializing in investment banking and corporate financial management. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK (FCMA) and a CFA Charter holder. Vajira joined the NDB Group in 1997 and was appointed CEO, NDB Group, Investment Banking Cluster, in October 2009.
Darshan Perera - CEO, NDB Investment Bank
At NDB, Darshan is credited as being a dynamic team player, highly skilled in all aspects of Financial and investment markets. He has to his credit, led teams that have successfully managed a large number of IPOs and in doing so introduced to the country new products and achieved record breaking results. Darshan is renowned in the industry as a corporate advisory specialist, specializing in the area of corporate valuations.
Darshan joined the NDB Group in 2001 and has headed its Investment Bank arm since 2009. Prior to joining NDB, he has held senior management positions in a number of large organizations and banking institutions, including serving as Assistant Vice President at Vanik Incorporation.
Darshan's career is enriched with a myriad of different academic disciplines. He holds a BSc. in Physical Science and an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is an associate member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He also holds a CIMA qualification.
Kaushini Laksumanage - COO, NDB Investment Bank
Kaushini specializes in the marketing and placement of capital market instruments. She is also an expert in the area of structured finance having led teams that have placed the largest securitizations and debentures in the country as well as being instrumental in introducing new financial products to Sri Lanka, such as interest rate swaps.
Kaushini is a dedicated financial professional with a BCom (Hon), Major Finance and Marketing (Cum Laude), University of Ottawa, Canada. On her return to Sri Lanka upon completion of her studies, in the year 2000, she joined the NDB Group. She was appointed as COO of NDB Investment Bank in April 2010.
Ms. Avanthi Dissanayake - Vice President
Ms. Avanthi Dissanayake counts over 10 years of experience in capital markets of Sri Lanka. She holds a BSc Special Degree in Business, Finance and Computational Mathematics from the University of Colombo. She specialises in Structured Debt including all types of asset-backed financing, loan syndications, debentures and derivative structures. She has taken part in many landmark transactions leading the teams including first two rated securitisations, first three credit card securitisations and the largest corporate debenture issue upto date. She has substantial experience in managing key client relationships in structuring and executing transactions, and working with Capital Market intermediaries in distributing products.
Achievements : Largest Equity offering on the CSE - Rs. 8.6 Billion Dialog Axiata PLC.
Achievements : Largest Rights Issue - Rs. 15.55 Billion Dialog Axiata PLC.
Achievements : Largest Preference Share Issue - Rs. 5.0 Billion Rated, Cumulative, Redeemable for Dialog Axiata PLC.
Achievements : Largest Lease securitization in a single tranche - Rs. 1.06 Billion for People's Leasing
Achievements : Largest Utility based securitization - Rs. 1.43 Billion for Ceylon Electricity Board
Achievements : Largest IPO Oversubscription - 344.98 times for Union Bank
Achievements : Largest Funds Subscribed - Rs. 129.37 Billion Union Bank
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