Chief Executive Officer
Nilantha Jayanetti joined as the Chief Executive Officer of Sarvodaya Development Finance Limited (SDF) on 01st November 2018.
Jayanetti has a wealth of experience in the sphere of banking and finance, having served in senior management positions in reputed Financial Institutions with proven skills in Marketing, Business Transformation, Team Building, Operations Management & proactive leader in adopting Technology & Finance and Risk Management.
Before joining SDF, he served as the Senior Assistant General Manager at Orient Finance PLC for seven years, where his initiatives that led to change in the business drive has positioned the company as a top brand in the industry. Prior to which, he has worked as the Marketing Manager at Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC (Formerly known as Merchant Credit of Sri Lanka).
Holder of a degree in Business Management with a specialization in Accountancy from the University of Kelaniya, Jayanetti went on to obtain an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He has followed a programme on Strategic Leadership from Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management, USA.
Deshantha De Alwis
Deputy General Manager – Finance and Planning
Deshantha De Alwis joined SDF in May 2013. He assumed duties as the Deputy General Manager – Finance and Planning. De Alwis counts over 24 years of experience in the financial services sector specializing in Merchant Banking, Finance and Planning, Treasury Management, MIS and Administration. Prior to joining Sarvodaya Development Finance he held the positions of General Manager – Finance and Administration at Mercantile Merchant Bank Limited and was the Deputy Financial Controller at Alliance Finance Company PLC, where he gained thorough experience at the strategic level of operations in relation to all key business activities.
De Alwis is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK (FCCA), Institute of the Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCMA) and also of the Cambridge Association of Managers, UK (FCAM)
Asst. General Manager – Credit
Felician Jayakody joined Sarvodaya Development Finance Ltd from January 2018. He counts over 27 years of banking experience having served International and Local banks.
He has experience in Branch Banking, Trade Finance, Corporate / SME Banking, Leasing, Project financing, Relationship Banking, Syndications, Risk Management, Treasury, Process Development & Re- Engineering , Audit , Credit Administration, Recoveries , Islamic Banking , Compliance and FCBU.
He started his career at Hatton National Bank where he served for 11 years and moved to Nations Trust Bank as Customer Relationship Manager.
Prior to joining Emirates NBD Bank in the United Arab Emirates, he was the Regional Manager at Pan Asia Banking Corporation and was Head of corporate banking / FCBU in Amāna Bank PLC.
Having returned to Srilanka from the United Arab Emirates in June 2012, Felician joined Amana Bank as a Head of Corporate Banking / FCBU.
He has completed the Credit Management Diploma (IBSL), Diploma in International Factoring – UAE, Diploma in Computer Studies. He has a BSc in Business Administration from University of Sri Jayawardenapura, MBA (USA). as well as AIB (inter) SL Felician is a Fellow in Certified Managers at Cambridge Association of Managers (UK) and a Fellow of the Certified Professional Managers (Sri Lanka).
Asst. General Manager – Human Resources
Piyal Salwathura joined Sarvodaya Development Finance Ltd from August 2019. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya and he also holds National Diploma in Human Resource Management from NIBM.
Salwathura counts well over 25 years of work experience in the field of human resource management both in manufacturing and service sectors which also includes close to 8 years of exposure to finance and banking sector. He has held senior management positions in several blue chip organisations and some of them are multinationals.
Asst. General Manager – Compliance
Sameera Kaumudi counts over 12 years of experience spanning the fields of Risk Management, Compliance, Process Improvement and Finance. Experienced at financial and non-financial institutions including leading conglomerates with exposure to multiple sectors such as Healthcare, Leisure, FMCG, Power, Insurance, Automobile, Retail, Media, Entertainment and Financial Services. Prior to joining Sarvodaya Development Finance, she served Orient Finance PLC as the Senior Manager Risk & Compliance.
She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA- UK) and holds a Bachelors Degree in Town and Country Planning from University of Moratuwa. At present, she is reading for her Executive MBA at Commonwealth of Learning.