Governing Council members


Mr L  J  K  Hettiaratchi

LLB, FCMA, MBCS, CITP, Attorney-at-Law Chairman, SAPSRI

Mr Hettiaratchi is a Management Consultant, Director of Mackwoods Energy (Pvt) Ltd. and of several other companies. He has served as a Member of the Council of University of Moratuwa, Member of the National Education Commission and as a Director of Sampath Bank PLC. He has also been the Past President of the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sri Lanka Branch and also been a former Country Manager of IBM World Trade Corporation, Sri Lanka.



Mr Henry De Mel

M.Sc. (Town & Country Planning)Board Secretary

Mr Henry de Mel has more than 32 years of experience as a development consultant. He has worked with SIDA and NORAD. His expertise is in the field of community development particularly in project planning, monitoring and evaluation. He has undertaken these tasks in respect of a large number of NGOs, INGOs and donor agencies over a long period of time.




Mr Prasanna Premaratne

MSc (Agri) PGD in Bank Mgmt, PGD in International Relations (BCIS)Chief Executive Officer, DFCC Consulting Pvt. Ltd.(Fully owned subsidiary of the DFCC Bank)

Board Member

Joined DFCC Bank in 1991 as a Development Banker, involved in financing Small and Medium industries (SMEs) for nearly 24 years. Commenced his professional career as a Planter at Pelwatte Sugar industries in 1984. Served as the Settler Manager and the Outgrower Manager at Pelwatte Sugar Industries (PSI) and was one of the Pioneer members of the management team of PSI. He is also a life member of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APBSL).


Ms Swarna Jayaweera

Ph.D.(London), Hon.D.Litt.(OUSL), Hon. D.Litt.(Colombo)

Joint Coordinator of CENWOR

Board Member

Professor Swarna Jayaweera was a former Professor of Education, University of Colombo, and one of the founders of the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Colombo. She has also been a consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF and to various other bilateral agencies. She has an array of contributions made to development literature in Sri Lanka which are published both here and abroad.



Ms Kumari Balasuriya

Board Member

Ms Kumari Balasuriya is the Governor of the Southern Province in Sri Lanka. She was educated at St Bridget’s Convent and Musaeus College in Colombo and got involved in active politics in 1971. She hails from a family associated with local politics for many generations. She is an active well wisher of the SAPSRI movement.





Ms C.M.S. Jayamanna

B.Com (Sri Lanka), M.A. Dev. Econ. (U.K)

Board Member

She obtained her first degree from University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, and her M.A. in Development Economics from School of Development Studies of University of East Anglia, U.K.. and served as Director General, Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka and as a Former Assistant Resident Representative (Programmes) of UNDP. She is a Consultant in environmental and disaster management.


Ms Ramya Dehideniya

Board Member

Mr. W.M. Leelasena

Board Member

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