Ms. Ekanayake was a Member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service during the period 1984-2018 and worked in a number of Departments in the Treasury since 1987. She was appointed as a Deputy Secretary to the Treasury on 09th March 2015 which position she continued until 18th October, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she had held several senior positions in the Treasury such as Director of Economic Affairs, Controller of Insurance, Additional Director General, Department of External Recourses, Director General, Department of Trade, Tariff & Investment Policy and the Director General, Department of National Budget. Presently she functions as the Project Director of the Financial Sector Modernization Project funded by the World Bank being implemented under the Ministry of Finance. Ms. Ekanayake holds a Science Special Degree from the University of Kelaniya, an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Lanka and Postgraduate Diploma in the fields of Development Planning Techniques (ISS, The Hague), International Relations (BCIS – Colombo) and Development Economics (University of Colombo). She represented the Treasury on the Boards of various government agencies, corporations and commercial entities including MILODA (the training institute of the Ministry of Finance), the NDB Bank, Sri Lanka Telecom, People’s Bank and the Board of Management of the Superior Courts Complex. She also represented the Treasury in the Council of the Asian Reinsurance Corporation in Bangkok from 2002 to 2013 and functioned as its Vice Chairperson during the period from 2008 to 2013.
Prof. Kapila Perera
Dr. Nishan de Mel
Dr. Nishan de Mel is the Executive Director and Head of Research of Verité Research, a think tank that provides analytical research and advisory services on economic, political and legal issues in Sri Lanka and Asia. He is an economist with extensive academic, policy, and private sector experience. In Sri Lanka, he has served on the Presidential Task Force on Health Sector Reform, the Presidential Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Dangerous Drug Regulation, and the National Steering Committee on Social Security. He has also served on the Board of the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, and as the Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies. Internationally, Nishan has held several governing, teaching, and research positions, including as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Oxford, UK. His undergraduate degree in Economics is from Harvard University, USA. He earned his masters and doctoral degrees in Economics at the University of Oxford where he was a Chevening Scholar.
Having obtained the Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Colombo in 1995, Mr. Sandun Gamage was admitted as an Attorney at Law by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1996. In view of outstanding performance, he was the recipient of scholarships to follow the 33rd Summer Session on international Law and International Humanitarian Law from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France in the year 2000 and to attend the Summer Session of the International Court of Justice in 2002, Hague, Netherlands. He is also an alumni of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany where he has participated in number of trainings on various fields including politics and economics. He is presently a senior partner of Continental Law Associates specializing in the areas of commercial law, International and local arbitration, civil law and legal consultancy. In testament to his legal proficiency in diverse areas of practice, he has also served as a Director, in multiple organizations involving both public sector and private sector banks and corporates. He was a Director of the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka and Finance PLC and MBSL Insurance Company Limited. He was the youngest member appointed to the Legal advisory Council of the Department of Registrar of Companies of Sri Lanka. He also served as a member of the Rent Board of Review and the Board of Review of Housing on Ceiling Property of the Ministry of Housing and Construction. He is presently serving as a Director of the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Sri Lanka.