Mr Osman Kassim
Mr Riyaz Mohamed Sangani
- Mr Osman 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
A visionary leader, Mr. Osman Kassim is an entrepreneur with vast experience in the fields of management and strategy and counts over 40 years of experience in senior management in diverse business sectors In Sri Lanka and overseas.
In addition to serving as Chairman of Vidullanka PLC, Mr. Kassim, is also Chairman of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. and Amana Takaful Life PLC. He serves on the Boards of Amãna Takaful Maldives Ltd. and Crescentrating (Pvt.) Ltd., Singapore, as well.
Mr. Kassim has also served as Chairman of the Expolanka Group, Amãna Bank, Amana Takaful PLC and the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Sri Lanka.
He utilised his extensive knowledge of Islamic banking and insurance to pioneer the industry in Sri Lanka, where he promoted Amana Bank PLC., as well as established Amana Takaful Insurance PLC.
He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University, UK, in recognition of his achievements as a global entrepreneur and a visionary educationist, and was recognised among Sri Lanka’s ‘Captains of Business’ by LMD’s A-List of 100 Sri Lankan business people in 2020.
Mr. Ranjan Mather
Mr. Ranjan Mather joined the Board of Vidullanka PLC at its inception as a seed investor of the Company.
He is a recognized business leader with interests in a number of industries including textile, fast food, and renewable energy and counts over three decades of senior management experience in various businesses and sectors. He serves as Director of several companies including Bhoruka Power Lanka (Pvt) Limited.
In addition to serving on the Board of Vidullanka PLC as a Non-Executive Director, Mr. Mather serves on the Boards of a number of companies within the Vidullanka Group.
Mr. Shahid M Sangani
An Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Mr. Shahid Sangani is the Managing Director of Dynawash Limited, Autus Chemicals (Pvt) Ltd and Co-Energi (Pvt) Limited. He serves on numerous other company Boards both as a shareholder and as an independent director.
Mr Sangani also served as the CEO of Kenanga Investment Corp Ltd , which is the Sri Lankan Investment Banking unit of the K& N Kenenga Holdings Berhad, a listed investment company in Malaysia.
He has over three decades of senior management experience in diverse industries ranging from Apparel, Jewellery, Renewable Energy and Trading.
A nature lover, Mr Sangani also serves on the Board of Biodiversity Sri Lanka and is the founding trustee of Friends of Wilpatthu
He serves on the Board of Vidullanka PLC as a Non-Executive Director.
Mr. Sujendra Mather
Non executive Director
Mr Surendra Mather is the CEO/Head of Investment Banking of Asia Securities Advisors Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this, he was a co-founder and Managing Director of York Street Partners Pvt. Ltd., a leading boutique Investment Banking firm in Sri Lanka. He has over 15 years of international Investment Banking and Corporate Finance experience, having worked with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, John Keells Holdings PLC and Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance in the US, Sri Lanka and Singapore respectively.
Mr. Mather has successfully managed and lead 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, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Technology and Mining sectors. He has been both a key strategic advisor to CEOs and entrepreneurs as well as a principal investor throughout his career. He is also a board member of several publicly listed and private companies in Sri Lanka and overseas.
He holds a B.A. in Economics-Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College in California, USA.
C. F. Fuhrer
Mr. C.F. Fuhrer serves on the Board of Vidullanka PLC as a Non-Executive Director. He is also 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 Chairman of Oceanpick (Pvt) Limited and served previously as Managing Director of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd. and Director of Hayleys PLC. He counts over three decades of senior management experience in Sri Lanka. During his tenure at Hayleys, he represented the company on the Board of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and served as Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Steering Committee and Vice Chairman of the Imports Section of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Industry Biotechnology Association and is a member of the University Grants Commission Standing Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, the Food and Beverage Advisory Committee of the Sri Lanka, the Export Development Board, and the Economic Policy Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the council of the Faculty of Technology of the University of Colombo as well.
Mr. Zaheed is currently the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Agriprenuers’ Forum and has been a noteworthy contributor to the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. He was previously the Chairman of the National Agribusiness Council and Vice Chairman of CSR Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Limited, an NGO formed and represented solely by private sector companies to engage the wider corporate community on national priorities and facilitate the necessary resources to bridge the gap between ad hoc CSR projects and sustainable value creation.
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 the Swedish Institute of Management, Sweden, and is a JCI International senator.
He joined the Board of Directors of Vidullanka PLC in July 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Mr. Riyaz M. Sangani
The founder of Vidullanka PLC and a transformative leader, Mr. Riyaz Sangani has over two decades of senior management experience. In addition to serving on the Boards of all the companies in the Vidullanka Group, he also serves on the Boards of a number of other companies engaged in various businesses.
Mr Sangani has made invaluable contributions to the development of the small hydro power industry in Sri Lanka. As a past President of the Small Hydro Power Developers Association, his initiatives have enhanced the importance and value of hydro power in the country, as a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, he represents the small hydro power industry. He is also an Ex officio member of the Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and an advisory committee member of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka as well as the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka.
He holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo.
Mr. Sattar Kassim
Mr. Sattar Kassim is a founding Director of Expolanka Holding PLC and also a founder and Group Director of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Aberdeen Holdings is the umbrella company of a range of companies in poultry and agriculture, commodity trading, airlines tea exports, corrugated carton manufacturing, solar energy, courier services and cargo, and has international partnerships and ventures in more than 30 countries.
Mr. Kassim’s expertise in a broad range of sectors enables him to function as the Board Chairman of several companies in those industries. These include Bio Extracts (Pvt) Ltd, Roar Media (Pte) Ltd, Ruhunu Farms (Pvt) Ltd, Globe Air (Pvt) Ltd, HiEnergy Services (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Commodity Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Expo Commodities Global (Pvt) Ltd, and Expack Corrugated Cartons (Pvt) Ltd; .
He also holds directorships in Fits Aviation (Pvt) Ltd, Fits Retail (Private) Limited, Lanka Commodity Holdings (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, Denshun Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Fairfax Holdings Pte. Ltd, Antler Foundry (Pvt) Ltd, Expo Commodities DMCC, Roar Advertising (Pvt) Ltd, and Expoasia Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.
He joined the Board of Vidullanka PLC in January 2012 as a Non- Executive Director.
Ms. Deepthie Wickramasuriya
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Deepthie Wickramasuriya is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of Vidullanka PLC. She is also an Independent Non – Executive Director at Vidul Plantation (Pvt) Ltd, Amana Takaful PLC., Mercantile Investments and Finance PLC and a Director of the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation. She functions as an independent consultant in the fields of business process management, treasury management and business counselling, at Board / senior management levels.
She counts over 35 years of corporate experience that covers many industries and countries including the United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Indonesia and the Fiji Islands, and is reputed for successfully leading special projects on organisational strategy, operations, finance, risk and governance, both locally and internationally. She has also been successful in mitigating the generation gaps that are currently experienced in the management of many reputed companies.
Ms Wickramasuriya has been a Board member/advisor to the Boards of many companies including Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd, AHL Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, (the Information Technology and Business Process Management arm of Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd, a part of Carson Cumberbatch PLC), Aviva Global Services, a member of the Aviva group (formerly known as Norwich Union, UK), GFH Management Company (Galle Face Hotel), Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd., Flour Mills of Fiji PLC, AMW Management Company (management company of Associated Motorways Limited ) and Family Health Services Authority – Oxfordshire, UK.
She was Vice President of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps Seva Vanitha Unit from 2012 -2015, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK, and holds an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
Mr. Sidath Fernando
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Sidath Fernando is the Managing Partner of Crystal Holding (Pvt) Ltd and the principal shareholder and Chairman of V.D.P. Fernando Co. Ltd, a family- owned business established in 1938.
He is a successful Sri Lankan entrepreneur and has interests in diverse business sectors including manufacturing, real estate, property management, and information communications technology. He has extensive experience in the real estate and property development business as well and has been successful in ventures that involve developing and managing large scale commercial and retail outlets in Colombo.
Mr Fernando has served as a Director of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Sky Network (Pvt) Ltd, SLT Manpower Solutions (Pvt) Ltd and People’s Leasing and Finance PLC as well. Overall, he has three decades of hands-on experience in business management, finance, manufacturing, and marketing whilst managing his own small and medium enterprises.
He had been a committee member of the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Colombo.
He has served on the Board of Vidullanka PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director since 2012.