Acuity Partners



Thimal Perera


Thimal Perera is the deputy CEO of DFCC Bank PLC and has more than two decades of experience in the financial services and banking sector, both locally and internationally.Perera was most recently the Deputy General Manager of Hatton National Bank where he guided the retail and SME banking sector. He has also worked previously with HSBC both locally and internationally, the Commercial Bank of Qatar and Barclays Bank PLC in the United Arab Emirates.

During his tenure at HSBC, he was the Regional Head of Cards and Digital Channels overlooking the Middle East and North Africa Region and was the Director of Retail Products and Business Banking for Barclays Bank Plc in the UAE.
While at HNB he also served as a board member of HNB Assurance PLC, HNB General Insurance Ltd and HNB Grameen Ltd. Thimal Perera is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK.

Ray Abeywardena

Managing Director/Group CEO

Ray Abeywardena is the Managing Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd. He has been associated with Sri Lanka’s capital markets for over 30 years, primarily as a Stockbroker and since 2009 as an Investment Banker. Before being appointed as Managing Director/CEO of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd he served as the Managing Director/CEO of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd from 2001 to the end 2008. Mr. Abeywardena is the Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Securities Ltd, the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Central Depository Systems Ltd. He is the Chairman of Guardian Acuity Asset Management Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC, Lanka Energy Fund Ltd, Softlogic Insurance PLC & ANCL.

Mr. Abeywardena is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stockbrokers Association, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales.

Damith Pallewatte


Damith Pallewatte is the Deputy General Manager – Wholesale Banking Group of Hatton National Bank PLC.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Management from the London School of Economics. He is also a qualified Financial Risk Manager of the Global Association of Risk Professionals as well as holding the ACI qualification.

Rajive Dissanayake


Rajive Dissanayake is the Chief Financial Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC.

He counts over 15 years of experience in banking and capital markets. His exposure covers relationship management, project finance, capital markets research, financial analysis, economic analysis, investments, budgeting, investor relations, asset & liability management and strategic planning.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Chartered Global Management Accountant and a CFA® Charter holder. 

Sanjay Wijemanne


Sanjay is the Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME at Hatton National Bank PLC and manages the areas of Personal Financial Services (Leasing, Pawning, Personal and Housing Loans), Credit Cards, Sales & Business Development, Digital Banking, Network Management, Deposit Mobilization, Marketing Communications, Customer Service, Club & Priority Banking, Inward Remittances & Exchange House Relationships and Bank Assurance. He has a B.Sc in Business & Finance from Mount Saint Mary’s University, USA. He also serves as a Director of HNB General Insurance Ltd.
He commenced his career with Ceylinco Securities & Financial Services and then joined HNB as a Management Trainee/Executive. Thereafter, he joined HSBC where he held different positions such as Vice President – Custody & Clearing, Head of Sales, Head of Branches including Premier Banking, Branch Manager – Kollupitiya Branch/Manager Premier Centre.
Sanjaya thereafter joined Standard Chartered Bank and held positions of Head of Retail Banking, General Manager –Premium Banking Branch Sales & Services and General Manager – Value Centre.

Sohantha Wijesingha


Sohantha Wijesingha is currently the Senior Vice President/Head of Corporate Banking at DFCC Bank PLC. He oversees the various integral factions of Corporate Banking at DFCC, including advanced lending and deposit products, superior customer service, and the state of the art Payments & Cash Management System, DFCC iConnect.

Sohantha is a career banker bringing three decades of unparalleled experience and possesses knowledge encompassing Branch Banking, Trade Finance, Payments & Cash Management and Institutional and Commercial Banking.

Before DFCC Bank he has 22 years of service at HSBC Sri Lanka, where he held senior management positions such as Head of Financial Institutions where he was instrumental in leading and arranging one of the largest loan syndications for a local bank at that time. As Head of Payments & Cash Management he led the team to achieve the Euromoney Award for Best Cash Management Bank for 3 years. And as Head of International Subsidiary Banking and Head Of Corporate Banking he was instrumental in concluding landmark deals and strengthening key corporate relationships. In addition, he has also held responsibilities as relief cover for Country Manager Maldives and as Acting Head of Wholesale Banking at HSBC.
Sohanthä is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers’ of Sri Lanka (AIB).

Kushan Jayasuriya


Kushan Jayasuriya counts over 24 years of experience in the banking sector including branch banking, credit management, planning and risk management in 2 leading banks in the country. He currently holds the position of Senior Vice President Integrated Risk Management / Chief risk Officer DFCC Bank PLC. Prior to joining DFCC he functioned as Head of Risk – Operations and Markets counting over 10 years of experience in market risk management.

Mr Jayasuriya holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colombo and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Colombo. He has obtained the status of ACI and the status of Chartered Global Management Accountant and is an Associate of the Chartered Management Accountant.