BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ranil Pathirana – Chairman, Non-Executive:

The Chairman of Windforce PLC , Mr Ranil Pathirana is an experienced Corporate leader who has been a Director of the Company from inception and played a significant role in the development and growth Journey of the company.

In addition to his position at WindForce, he is also Director of the Hirdaramani Group – including Apparel, Leisure and Investment Holding companies – and is the Managing Director for Hirdaramani International Exports (Pvt) Limited. The Hirdaramani Group owns apparel manufacturing facilities across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Our Chairman also serves as a Non-Executive Director at Ambeon Holdings PLC, BPPL Holdings PLC, Odel PLC and Alumex PLC. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (FCMA – UK) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.

Asgi Akbarally – Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Non-Independent Director:

Mr. Asghar (Asgi) Akbarally, our Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Non-Independent Director is a force to be reckoned with. He serves as an Executive Director of Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd. and holds directorship in multiple subsidiaries and affiliates of the Akbar Group, including manufacturing, hospitality, property development, power generation, logistics, healthcare, packaging & printing and environmental services. He is the Chairman of Amana Bank PLC, Hermitage Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, Uthurumaafaru Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Maldives, Lhaviyani Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Maldives and Cocoon Investments (Pvt) Ltd, Maldives and is a Director of Alumex PLC. He is the Honorary Consul of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from California State University and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

Manjula Perera – Managing Director:

Mr. Manjula Perera, our Managing Director, is a major driving force behind operations. He is a trailblazer in his own right. He entered the power generation sector as an entrepreneur in 2008 and developed mini hydro power plans as well as Sri Lanka’s first and largest wind power plant, together with a few local investment companies. Within a decade, he grew the company to be the largest renewable energy developer in Sri Lanka, while setting up renewable energy plants overseas as well. A Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, UK, Mr. Perera graduated with first-class honours in Electrical Engineering (BEE) from the University of Moratuwa. He also holds a MEng from the University of Moratuwa.

Huzefa Akbarally – Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director:

Mr. Huzefa Akbarally is a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director of the company and has been an employed at Akbar Brothers since 1996. Business interests of the Akbar Brothers include mini hydro and wind power generation. Mr. Akbarally is also the Chief Executive Officer of CleanCo Lanka Limited. He holds a BSc in Computer Science, a BEng in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science (Research) in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, Australia.

Hussain Akbarally –  Executive Non-Independent Director:

Mr. Hussain Akbarally serves as an Executive Non-Independent Director of our company and holds the position of Executive Director at Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Akbar Brothers, Sri Lanka’s largest exporter of Ceylon Tea to the international market, has diversified interests in pharmaceuticals, import trading, renewable energy, property management, manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture and environmental control. Mr. Akbarally has spearheaded the Group’s ventures into solar power, hospitality and agriculture amongst others; he was honoured as one of the New Energy Leaders by Asian Development Bank in 2018 for his work in the renewable energy sector. He holds a degree in Science from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the incoming Chapter Chair for YPO Colombo, and serves as treasurer of the Ceylon Motor Sports Club.

Moiz Najmudeen – Non-Executive Non-Independent Director:

A Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of the company, Mr. Moiz Najmudeen is an entrepreneur and the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Debug Group of Companies and its subsidiaries. In 1989, he founded Debug Computer Services (later changed to Debug Computer Peripherals (Pvt) Ltd) and took the lead in a specialized, highly competitive market. He designed and implemented marketing strategy that transformed the company to a revered brand. He guided the company to diversify into a multitude of industry verticals. He started Debug investments, expanding his hold to the energy sector –  Mini hydro, solar and wind power became large entities of the group. He co-owns The Palm Stone Retreat in Kithulgala, a luxury hotel positioned for leisure and business travelers, the Marina Leisure Club and Amber Collection, part of the Debug Hospitality and Leisure sector. He is the Founder of Debug Auto Exclusive (PVT) – a Market leader in the Powersports and Marine Sector.

Vinod Hirdaramani – Non-Executive Non-Independent Director:

Mr. Vinod Hirdaramani is a Non-Executive Non Independent Director of the company and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hirdaramani Group since 1993. He is a Director of many subsidiary companies of the Group which owns facilities across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ethiopia. He oversees the functions of the Knit facilities in both Sri Lanka and Vietnam and is mainly involved in the investments in the renewable energy sector. Mr. Hirdaramani is also a Director of Sampath Bank PLC. Mr. Hirdaramani was educated at Harrow School in the UK and has a BA from the Northwestern University in the United States. He is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, where he served as the past Chapter Chair for the Sri Lanka Chapter.

Saumya Amarasekera – Non-Executive Independent Director:

Mrs. Saumya Amarasekera, Attorney-at-law, is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the company and has over 30 years of experience in legal practice in civil law, practicing in Original, Appellate and Supreme Courts. She also tackles Property Law, Family Law Testamentary and Trust Condominium disputes. She has handled litigation on behalf of large Finance Companies and Banks and has represented clients at both local and international Arbitrations. She was appointed a President’s Counsel in 2018. She served as a Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director on the Board of Sampath Bank PLC and was also the Deputy Chairperson. She presently serves as the Chairperson of two advisory committees appointed by the Ministry of Justice. She holds a Masters-of-Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Pennsylvania with particular emphasis on Insurance, Privacy and Defamation law.

Dilshan Hettiaratchi – Non-Executive Independent Director:

Mr. Dilshan Hettiaratchi is a Non-Executive Independent Director of the company and has over 30 years of experience in finance and banking sectors. He was involved in the establishment of Sri Lanka’s first Utility Scale Solar PV project. He is a Managing Director of Investment Banking firm Faber Capital Ltd. He is a Director of Amana Bank PLC and Asset Trust Management Limited. He was the Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets – MENA and Pakistan for Standard Chartered Bank. He worked at Citi National Investment Bank and Waldock Mackenzie Limited. He was also a Steering Committee member of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association and Chair of the Government Bond issuance committee in 2011. He is a CFA Charter Holder, an Associate member of CIMA (UK), and holds an MBA from the University of Colombo. He has also completed a High-Performance Leadership Program offered by Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford.

Savantha De Saram – Non-Executive Independent Director:

Mr. Savantha De Saram, a Non- Executive Independent Director of the company, is the Senior Partner of leading law firm D. L. & F. De Saram, Attorney-at-Law and Notaries Public, specializing in infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, cross border financing (including project financing) and corporate and commercial law. He has been in practice for over 20 years. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of BPPL Holdings PLC and Hunter & Company PLC.