Our Board of Directors consists of esteemed individuals. Respected by their peers and highly qualified, First Guardian Equities is a company you can trust. High quality of impeccable standards is emphasised throughout the brokerage to ensure the provision of unparalleled services to our clients.
A team of
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
B.R.L. Fernando (Chairman)
B.R.L Fernando is a fellow of the institute of chartered accountants of Sri Lanka and brings in a wealth of experience in finance and commerce. A former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CIC Group of companies- the leading player in agricultural chemicals in Sri Lanka, he also held the position of Deputy Chairman of Commercial Bank of Ceylon- the largest private bank in the country. In addition to this, he was the Chairman of Akzo Nobel Paints La. He sat on the board of Paints and General Industries Limited, which is one of the most active institutional investors on the Colombo Stock Exchange. Experience of years in his arsenal, our chairman is a leading figure in the financial landscape of Sri Lanka.
Mr Fernando also served as the president of the Japan- Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association and was also a Trustee of the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon. He was on the six-member board of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA) that was established by Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Having worked and studied in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Mr Goonewardene possesses a vast experience in finance and equity markets across the globe. An MBA and graduate in business administration, Goonewardene has worked in institutions in Sri Lanka and overseas, including- Barclays Global Investors CBC Crosby (a subsidiary of France’s society general and commercial bank), First Capital and NDB securities.
At the mere age of twenty-six, he headed a brokerage and transformed a long ailing brokerage into profitability within a short time. He also serves as Managing Director of Guardian Insurance Brokers, an agent for Aetna International Insurance in Sri Lanka and serves on the boards of several corporate and societies.
Rohan Goonewardene (Founder/ Chief Executive)
S.K. Wickremesinghe (Director)
Mr Wickremesinghe is considered the godfather of First Guardian Equities. He comes from a background of both diplomacy and business and is undoubtedly among the most successful and highly respected figures in Sri Lanka. With his experience spanning over five decades, “SK” as he is popularly known as, has led a long list of Sri Lanka’s institutions.
He served as Chairman on the Boards of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC- Sri Lanka’s largest private bank, Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc, Sri Lankan Airlines, National Development Bank PLC, NDB Investment Bank, Eagle Insurance Company- a subsidiary of Aviva, Hayleys Jetwing and CIC PLC. He served on several boards as a director, including Paints and General and is perhaps one of the most active investors on the Colombo Stock Exchange and Singer Sri Lanka
Mr Wickremesinghe served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and was a Trustee of the Employers Federation of Ceylon. Our distinguished director was also Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Mr. Suren Goonewardene is the former Chairman of Bharti Airtel Lanka. He was the company’s CEO/Managing Director until recently. Prior to joining Bharti Airtel Lanka, Mr. Goonewardene served as the Managing Director of Lanka Bell and Chief Operating Officer Dialog Television/ Fixed Broadband Services. & Group Senior Vice President Retail Business/at Dialog Telekom.
Now serves on several Boards that include First Guardian Equities Ltd , Dawi Investment Trust Ltd , Logi Fund Pvt Ltd , and Independent Non Executive Director of Arpico Finance Plc , former Non Executive Director of Ceylon Shipping Corporation , Civil
Suren holds a bachelor degree in Business Accounting from Monash University, Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
He is a Fellow member of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, a fellow member of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, & Also served on the Board of Governor s of S Thomas College Mt Lavinia , Former Treasurer of the Singhalese Sports Club .
Suren Goonewardene (Director)
Kanchana Ratwatte (Director)
Kanchana Ratwatte is the current Chairman of Bank of Ceylon, the largest commercial bank in Sri Lanka
Mr Ratwatte is a widely respected practitioner of law. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Colombo and is an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. Ratwatte brings in a wealth of experience to our Board of Directors and has held senior positions in both- public and private sectors- in several major industries; he brings infinite knowledge to our table. Mr Ratwatte has been involved in various industries which include- telecommunication, IT, shipping, standard certification and SME sectors that have had a direct impact on the Sri Lankan economy
Hayash is a seasoned Japanese financial specialist with decades of experience in handling some of the biggest banks and consultancies in Japan. He is the current CEO and Managing Director of SBI VentureCapital Ltd. An Executive Director of SBI FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund, SBI Ven Holdings and SBI Ventures Singapore, Mr Hayash is an extremely talented Director who adds incredible value to our team. He is also a board member of several other companies. Hayash was the Managing Director of the Wall Street Journal Japan KK, a Director of YaR Bank and is a General Manager at SBI Holdings. Hayash has an MBA from Insead in France, bachelor’s of Law from the University of Tokyo and has majored in Economics at Williams College.
Ryousuke Hayash (Director)
Shiran Dias (Director)
Dias is an alumnus of Harvard University with a Master in Arts in East Asian studies as well as of Boston University. He possesses a Master’s degree in International Relations and Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and East Asian studies. During his distinguished career, Dias has held several positions in leading financial institutions. This includes- The Jeffries Group Inc New York where he was Managing Director, JP Morgan Securities in Japan where he was Executive Director, Barclays Bank PLC in Tokyo where he undertook the role of Director of Foreign Bonds Sales, among more.
Mr Dias is part of the senior management of SBI Holdings in Tokyo and is a great asset to us as a Director, here at First Guardian Equities.