An expert in public and private capital markets, both in the buy-side and sell-side M&As, he has built a strong and solid network of clients in both the local and global capital markets built on trust, ethics and principles. With the Group since 2007, he has spearheaded the team through evolutionary post-conflict economic realities to Steer CAL into market leadership in equity capital markets and a considerable force in debt capital markets.
Deshan is a CFA charter holder (USA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University UK.
Tasked with balancing capital and people, disseminating values to build a progressive organizational culture while setting the bar for performance, with over 25 years of experience in the stock brokering industry gives him ample knowledge to guide and mentor the Company’s team of investment advisors. A honed tactician, recognized by numerous accolades in chess as National Champion, Sri Lanka Chess Captain and a FIDE Master in addition to being a former President of the Sri Lanka Chess Federation. He is a qualified financial advisor who holds a license to deal in both equity and debt securities and is able to disseminate the Company’s strategic vision to his team gaining their utmost buy-in to such vision.
Driving CAL’s burgeoning journey brimming with opportunity to harness the diaspora keen on investing in the Sri Lankan growth story, he uses his strengths to ensure that CAL harnesses its potential.
Mr. Palihawadana was appointed as the Managing Director of Capital Alliance Limited in May 2018.
He counts over 43 years of experience mainly in treasury and dealing activities. He also holds the position of Deputy Chairman at Seylan Development PLC. He has served at Seylan Bank PLC, Bank of Ceylon, Colombo and London branches prior to joining Capital Alliance Limited.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree from the University of Colombo.
Infusing 20 years’ experience garnered from the financial service industry, she is a founding team member of Capital Alliance, having been with the company since its inception in 2000. Reporting directly to the Board Risk Management Committee and responsible for the efficacy and compliance for statutory reporting, her role has included implementing a comprehensive risk framework that would encompass all risk avenues pertaining to the Group.
This forms the strategic imperative in meeting the Company’s future goals where new levels of income and market share will be measured within a risk-reward balance. An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, she also sits on the Boards of Capital Alliance Securities (Pvt) Limited, Capital Alliance Investments Limited, Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC, Finnovation (Pvt) Limited, Capital Alliance Private Equity (Pvt) Limited and Lanka Swift User Group.
Having collated 14 years’ experience in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from her prior positions in multi-nationals, the insurance, apparel and KPO industries and the state sector, she infuses expansive knowledge and proficiency in HR strategy, industrial relations and HR operations into the Group. A member of the key management team directly involved in nurturing, fostering, strengthening and developing the Group’s human capital, her expertise in change management, HR transformation and handling labour issues makes for immense value addition to the organization.
She also serves as the Head of HR for Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC. She holds an MBA from the Post-Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, a Masters in Labour Law and Relations from the University of Colombo and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the Open University of Sri Lanka. She is also a Member of the Association of Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka.
With CAL using IT as the springboard to optimize on the wealth of opportunity that is emerging both locally and globally, he drives the revolution of the entire IT sphere within the Group, whether in infrastructure, software, product development or in infusing operational efficiencies through processes and systems. He is responsible in introducing, implementing, managing and supporting the entire range of technology led initiatives for the Group.
Possessing an Meng in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management, a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Prince2 Certified Project Management Professional and being a Certified Scrum Master, he uses his vast expanse of knowledge to ensure that cutting edge technology is introduced into CAL, enabling the Group to disrupt the conventional financial services market and forge new innovative paths.