Board of Directors

Chairman

Mr Rafik Kassim

CEO

Mr Riyaz Mohamed Sangani

Directors

  • Mr Rafik Kassim
  • Mr Shahid Mohamed Sangani
  • Mr S Ranjan Mather
  • Mr Sujendra R Mather
  • Mr Siddath S V Fernando
  • Mr Christian F Fuhrer
  • Mr Sattar Kassim
  • Ms. Deepthie Wickramasuriya
  • Mr M Rizvi Zaheed

Mr. Osman Kassim

Chairman

He was the founder Chairman of the Expolanka Group. He is an entrepreneur with vast experience in the fields of management and strategy. He is also renowned for his expertise in Islamic Banking and Insurance. He counts over 40 years of senior management experience.

Osman Kassim is also the Chairman of Amana Bank PLC. He also holds directorships in Crescentrating (Private) Ltd – Singapore, Amana Takaful PLC and Amana Takaful Maldives Ltd – Maldives. He is also Chairman of the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in Sri Lanka. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist.

Mr. Ranjan Mather

Non-Executive Director

Mr.Mather has been serving the Board of Vidullanka PLC since its foundation and is the chairman of all the subsidiary companies of the group.

Mr. Mather is a renowned businessman with interests in renewable energy, textile and hospitality industries. He currently serves the Boards of Boruka Power (Pvt) Ltd and Chinese Dragon Café (Pvt) Ltd and holds over 25 years of experience in senior management positions in diverse business sectors.

Mr. Shahid M Sangani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Shahid Sangani is the Managing Director of Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd., a family holding company with diverse business interests ranging from Apparel, Jewellery, Renewable Energy and Trading. He is also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the World Memon Organisation (WMO), a UK Registered Charity and Social Organization of the Worldwide Memon Community. He served as the CEO of Kenanga investment Corp Ltd., the Sri Lankan arm of the Malaysian listed K & N Kenanga Holdings Berhad, from August 2009 to December 2012. He has over 25 years of experience at Senior Management level in the private sector. Presently, he is the CEO of Co-Energi (Pvt) Ltd and holds directorships on the board of Dynawash Ltd, Autus Chemicals (Pvt) Ltd, Diamond Cutters Sales (Pvt) Ltd, Trade first (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Shahid Sangani is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He serves the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Sujendra Mather

Non executive Director

Mr. Sujendra Mather is currently the Managing Director of YSP Advisors Pvt Ltd. (YSP), a boutique Investment Banking firm based in Sri Lanka. Prior to co-founding YSP, he has had 12 years of international Investment Banking and Corporate Finance experience working with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, John Keells Holdings PLC and Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance in the US, Sri Lanka and Singapore respectively.

He has successfully managed and led several billion dollars of Mergers & Acquisitions, Fund Raising, Restructuring and Strategic Advisory transactions in the North America and Asia Pacific regions across the Consumer, Retail, Real Estate, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Technology, Mining and Financial Services sectors. He has acted both as a key strategic advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs as well as a principal investor throughout his career.

Also, Mr. Mather is a board member of several publicly listed and private companies in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Mather received a B.A. in Economics-Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College in California, USA.

C. F. Fuhrer

Non-Executive Director

Mr. C.F. Fuhrer serves the Board of Vidullanka PLC as a non executive director. He also served as the Director of Ranmalu Fashion (Pvt) Ltd and Chesa Swiss Restaurants (Pvt) Ltd and has over a decade of experience in senior management and Board positions in Sri Lanka.

Mr. M. Rizvi Zaheed

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rizvi Zaheed is the Executive Director of Hayleys Consumer Products Limited, former Managing Director of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited. He has over 30 years’ of senior management experience in the agricultural and corporate sector in Sri Lanka.

During his tenor at Hayleys, he represented the company on the Board of Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and he also served as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Steering Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Imports Section of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

He currently serves as the Co-chair of the Biotechnology Cluster of the Coordinating Secretariat for Technology and Innovation (COSTI) and as Chairman of the National Industry Biotechnology Association. He is also a member of the University Grants Commission Standing Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, the Food and Beverage Advisory Committee of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and a member of the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Zaheed is currently the Vice Chairman of CSR Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Limited, an NGO formed and represented solely by the private sector companies with the aim of engaging the wider Corporate Community in addressing national priorities and facilitate necessary resources to bridge the gap between ad hoc CSR projects and creating sustainable value.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kelaniya and an MBA from the University of Colombo. Mr. Zaheed is also a member of the Industrial Society, UK and Swedish Institute of Management, Sweden and a JCI International senator. Mr. Rizvi Zaheed was appointed to the Board of Vidullanka PLC on 31st July 2018 and serves as an Independent Non Executive Director.

Mr. Riyaz M. Sangani

CEO

Mr. Sangani is one of the founders of Vidullanka, a pioneer in the Sri Lanka small hydro power industry. In addition to serving in the Boards of all the Vidullanka group companies, Mr.Sangani serves the Board of the several companies in different spears of business.

Mr. Sangani, being a graduate from the University of Colombo, has also obtained his MBA at the Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (FCMA).

Mr.Sangani served as the President for the Grid Connected Small Hydro Power Developers Association during 2015/17. He is also an Ex-officio Member of the Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and an advisory committee member for Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and Export Development Board of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Sattar Kassim

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Sattar Kassim is one of the founder Directors of Expolanka Holding PLC, a conglomerate that has diversified to be a leading player in a range of business sectors such as transportation, manufacturing, travel & leisure, international trade and strategic investments, with subsidiary companies in 14 countries.

He is also one of the Founders and Group Director of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., under its umbrella, comes the leading player in industries such commodity trading, airline and transport, solar power, modern farming, IT services, digital media, recycling, packaging, financial services, tea trading and food solutions.

Mr. Sattar Kassim is the Chairman for more than 25 companies including Bio Extracts (Pvt) Ltd., the pioneer in Sri Lanka and the largest in black seed Extraction Company in South East Asia, Denshun Industries (Pvt) Ltd and also Expack Corrugated Cartons (Pvt) Ltd., the market leaders in corrugated cartons. He also holds directorships in Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Fits Aviation (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Commodity Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, HiEnergy Services (Pvt) Ltd, Expoceylon Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd, Expoteas Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd , Lanka Commodity Trading (Pvt) Ltd, Aberdeen Produce (Pvt) Ltd, Colombo Realty (Pvt) Ltd, Classic Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, Neptune Recyclers (Pvt) Ltd, Tropical Exotics (Pvt) Ltd, Silver Wings (Pvt) Ltd, Classic Papers (Pvt) Ltd, Oceanpick (Private) Ltd and Roar Digital (Private) Ltd.

He is an Executive Council Member of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council. He serves the Board as a Non- Executive Director.

Ms. Deepthie Wickramasuriya

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board of Vidullanka PLC on 1st January 2019, Ms. Deepthie Wickramasuriya serves the Board of Vidullanka PLC as an Independent NonExecutive Director. She also serves as the Director – Business Process Management at Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Limited; (EFL).

Prior to joining EFL, she was the Head of Business Systems and Services of AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Limited, a subsidiary of Carson Cumberbatch PLC. She was the Head of Treasury, Risk and Governance at Aviva Global Services.

She has also held senior management positions in many established organizations including Galle Face Hotel, Lanka Equities, Flour Mills of Fiji PLC, AMW etc. and has over 35 years’ of experience in the fields of finance and treasury management in many industries both locally and overseas.

Also, she has successfully led many special projects relating to organizational strategy, operations, risks and governance including migration of many jobs in both accounting and non-accounting fields from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka and India.

She was a member of the project team that handled the transition of General Practitioners practices to Fund Holding units in Oxfordshire, UK. She is a board member of the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation, the oldest and most prestigious school of traditional dance in Sri Lanka and held the position of Vice President of Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps Seva Vanitha Unit from 2012-2015.

Ms. Deepthie is an MBA holder from the Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and also a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK.

Mr. Sidath Fernando

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Sidath Fernando is an entrepreneur with business interests in sectors including Manufacturing, Real Estate, Property Management and Information Communications Technology. Mr. Fernando is the principal shareholder and Chairman of V.D.P.Fernando & Co. Ltd, a family owned business established in 1938 and functions as the Managing Director of Crystal Holding (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Fernando holds an extensive experience in the Real Estate & Property Development Sector including developing and managing large scale commercial properties in the city of Colombo.

He served as a Director of the Sri Lanka Telecom during 2008 and also served as the Director of Sky Network (Pvt) Ltd, SLT Manpower Solution (Pvt) Ltd and People’s Leasing & Finance PLC. He had been a Committee Member of the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and also a Rotarian.

He serves the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.