Deshan Pushparajah

Managing Director – Global Markets and Investment Banking

An internationally renowned expert in public and private capital markets, across both the buy-side and sell-side in M&As, he’s developed a high-profile network of clients in local as well as global capital markets on the basis of superior standards. With the Group since 2007, he’s spearheaded the CAL team through Sri Lanka’s post-conflict economic landscape towards market leadership in equity capital markets and a strong position in debt capital markets as well.

In addition to possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK, Deshan is also a CFA Charterholder (USA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) plus the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

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Somadasa Palihawadana

Managing Director – Capital Alliance Limited

A well-respected industry veteran, Mr. Palihawadana was appointed to the position of Managing Director – Capital Alliance Limited in May, 2018.

He possesses a body of experience extending over 43 years, with a focus on treasuries and dealing activities. Mr. Palihawadana currently holds the position of Deputy Chairman at Seylan Development PLC. He has also served extensively at Seylan Bank PLC and Bank of Ceylon branches in Colombo and London, prior to joining Capital Alliance Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree from the University of Colombo.

Sharmali Perera

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer – CAL Group

Drawing on 20-plus years of experience in the financial services industry, Sharmali is a founding member of Capital Alliance and has been an integral member since its establishment in 2000.

Reporting directly to the Board Risk Management Committee while being responsible for the effectiveness and compliance aspects of statutory reporting requirements, she’s led the implementation of a comprehensive risk framework encompassing group-wide risk avenues.
This is of key strategic importance in realising the company’s future goals, where new levels of income and market share are measured in line with the risk-reward balance.

An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Sharmali also serves on the Boards of three of the Group’s companies, as well as Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC, Finnovation (Pvt) Limited, and Logicare ( PVT) Limited.

Harinlal Aturupane

Chairman, Capital Alliance Securities (Private) Limited

Mr. Aturupane’s roles at CAL are manifold. From balancing capital and people, disseminating values in inspiring a progressive organizational culture, to setting the bar for high-performance, he draws on 25 solid years in stock brokering to closely guide and mentor CAL’s expert team of investment advisors. A skilled tactician, his prowess in chess has seen him become National Champion, Sri Lanka Chess Captain, and a FIDE Master, in addition to being a former President of the Sri Lanka Chess Federation. As a qualified financial advisor with a license to deal in both equity and debt securities, he is able to impart CAL’s strategic vision and gain complete buy-in from his team towards this vision.
On the back of CAL’s inspired rise and consequent opportunities to serve a diaspora keen to invest in Sri Lanka’s visible growth, Harinlal leverages his strengths to ensure CAL realises its potential.

Rochelle Mortier

Chief Human Resources Officer – CAL Group

An authoritative figure in the development of human capital, Rochelle’s 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development involve prior roles across multi-nationals; the insurance, apparel and KPO industries; and the state sector. She leverages her body of knowledge in HR strategy, industrial relations and HR operations in serving the Group’s manifold requirements. A key member of the management team, directly involved in nurturing and developing the Group’s human capital component, her expertise in change management, HR transformation, and labour issues adds great value to the organization.

Rochelle also serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC and Logicare (Pvt) Ltd. Highly qualified, she has an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of 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. Further, she’s a Member of the Association of Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka.

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Tharindra Kulasinghe CIO Capital Alliance

Tharindra Kulasinghe

Chief Information Officer – CAL Group

With CAL’s reliance on IT to propel the company forward by capitalizing on increased market opportunity both locally and globally, Tharindra steers the transformation of the entire Group’s IT environment, whether in the areas of infrastructure, software, and product development, or in enabling operational efficiencies by streamlining processes and systems. He guides the introduction, implementation, management, and support aspects of the full range of technology-led initiatives within the Group.

With an MEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management, a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, as well as PRINCE2 Project Management Professional and Certified ScrumMaster credentials to his name, Tharindra harnesses a vast expanse of knowledge in incorporating cutting-edge technology across CAL’s operations and business functions. His work allows the Group to consistently disrupt conventions in financial service markets while establishing uncharted paths.

Milanka Induruwage

Executive Vice President – Head of Equities

Milanka currently holds the position of Executive Vice President – Head of Equities of Capital Alliance Securities (Private) Limited and has been with the company since 2007. He is a qualified financial advisor in both equity and debt securities. He has over 15 years of stock brokering experience and has been involved in aspect of sales and client management. Milanka is equipped with a wealth of experience in identifying financial market trends and delivering great value to retail and corporate clients. He now manages the stock brokering team and a stellar network of local and global clients. Milanka holds an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is also an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast.

Vishnu Balachandran

Executive Vice President – Head of Investment Banking

Been with the Group since 2011, he has been at the forefront of concluding several landmark M&A transactions and debt issuances across buy-side, sell-side and cross border transactions. Prior to joining CAL, he worked as an Equity Analyst at Amba Research (now Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services), covering FMCG and retail markets in East Asia.

Vishnu is a CFA charter holder (USA), an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.

Rob Ioannou

Managing Director – Heritage Partners (Private) Limited

Rob has a quarter century of wealth management industry experience in Europe as well as Asia, spanning a breadth of financial wealth disciplines. He is an advisor to families in developed and emerging markets on investments and strategy across asset classes, wealth structuring, fiduciary practices, family office and insurance solutions.
Rob’s global career has included senior management roles at DBS, HSBC, and JP Morgan in London and Singapore. Prior to joining CAL in October 2019, Rob was Head of International Private Banking, Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank. He also serves as an Executive Committee member of the Singapore and Sri Lanka Business Association (SLBA).
Based in Colombo, Rob considers himself a global citizen with roots in London, Athens and Perth. He is a dual Greek and British citizen, as well as a Permanent Resident of Singapore and Australia. Rob was educated at Mill Hill School London, and has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Udeeshan Jonas

Senior Vice President – Head of Research

Udeeshan heads the Research arm of the CAL Group, one of the top-rated equity research houses in the country. He possesses deep insights and expertise in the Sri Lankan economy and capital markets. Being attached to the CAL Group since 2011, Udeeshan has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the equity research industry in Sri Lanka with the introduction of several innovative research products to the local market. Udeeshan won the Gold award for Best Equity Research Report for the year 2017/18 and Best Sector Report in Sri Lanka for the year 2018/19 and was instrumental in heading a team which won multiple awards at the CFA Capital Market Awards, a feat achieved for the first time in the history of the competition. Prior to his role as Senior Vice President – Head of Research, Udeeshan worked as a fund manager for CAL Investments, managing a portfolio of private wealth management mandates.
Udeeshan is a CFA charter holder and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK). He also holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, Australia. Udeeshan is also a visiting lecturer for CFA.

Yasantha Kumara

Financial Controller

Currently responsible for the finance function of the Capital Alliance Group and Unit Trust Funds, in his role as Financial Controller, he brings in the primary focus of business process developments that adds value to the Finance function of the CAL Group. In addition, conforming to best practices, regulatory guidelines and IFRS Standards.

Prior to joining CAL, Yasantha has around 12 years of post-qualified experience in Banking, Insurance and Finance Sector Companies and KPMG – Sri Lanka. His core expertise includes financial management, financial reporting, auditing, ALM, corporate planning and taxation.
Yasantha is an Associate Member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, UK and Charter Holder of CFA Institute, USA. Further, he holds a BSc. (Accounting) special degree with first class honors and MBA (Finance) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Deshan Pushparajah

Managing Director – Global Markets and Investment Banking

An internationally renowned expert in public and private capital markets, across both the buy-side and sell-side in M&As, he’s developed a high-profile network of clients in local as well as global capital markets on the basis of superior standards. With the Group since 2007, he’s spearheaded the CAL team through Sri Lanka’s post-conflict economic landscape towards market leadership in equity capital markets and a strong position in debt capital markets as well.

In addition to possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK, Deshan is also a CFA Charterholder (USA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) plus the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

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Somadasa Palihawadana

Managing Director – Capital Alliance Limited

A well-respected industry veteran, Mr. Palihawadana was appointed to the position of Managing Director – Capital Alliance Limited in May, 2018.

He possesses a body of experience extending over 43 years, with a focus on treasuries and dealing activities. Mr. Palihawadana currently holds the position of Deputy Chairman at Seylan Development PLC. He has also served extensively at Seylan Bank PLC and Bank of Ceylon branches in Colombo and London, prior to joining Capital Alliance Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree from the University of Colombo.

Sharmali Perera

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer – CAL Group

Drawing on 20-plus years of experience in the financial services industry, Sharmali is a founding member of Capital Alliance and has been an integral member since its establishment in 2000.

Reporting directly to the Board Risk Management Committee while being responsible for the effectiveness and compliance aspects of statutory reporting requirements, she’s led the implementation of a comprehensive risk framework encompassing group-wide risk avenues.
This is of key strategic importance in realising the company’s future goals, where new levels of income and market share are measured in line with the risk-reward balance.

An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Sharmali also serves on the Boards of three of the Group’s companies, as well as Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC, Finnovation (Pvt) Limited, and Logicare ( PVT) Limited.

Harinlal Aturupane

Chairman, Capital Alliance Securities (Private) Limited

Mr. Aturupane’s roles at CAL are manifold. From balancing capital and people, disseminating values in inspiring a progressive organizational culture, to setting the bar for high-performance, he draws on 25 solid years in stock brokering to closely guide and mentor CAL’s expert team of investment advisors. A skilled tactician, his prowess in chess has seen him become National Champion, Sri Lanka Chess Captain, and a FIDE Master, in addition to being a former President of the Sri Lanka Chess Federation. As a qualified financial advisor with a license to deal in both equity and debt securities, he is able to impart CAL’s strategic vision and gain complete buy-in from his team towards this vision.
On the back of CAL’s inspired rise and consequent opportunities to serve a diaspora keen to invest in Sri Lanka’s visible growth, Harinlal leverages his strengths to ensure CAL realises its potential.

cal group

Rochelle Mortier

Chief Human Resources Officer – CAL Group

An authoritative figure in the development of human capital, Rochelle’s 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development involve prior roles across multi-nationals; the insurance, apparel and KPO industries; and the state sector. She leverages her body of knowledge in HR strategy, industrial relations and HR operations in serving the Group’s manifold requirements. A key member of the management team, directly involved in nurturing and developing the Group’s human capital component, her expertise in change management, HR transformation, and labour issues adds great value to the organization.

Rochelle also serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Ceylon Tea Brokers PLC and Logicare (Pvt) Ltd. Highly qualified, she has an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of 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. Further, she’s a Member of the Association of Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka.

Tharindra Kulasinghe CIO Capital Alliance

Tharindra Kulasinghe

Chief Information Officer – CAL Group

With CAL’s reliance on IT to propel the company forward by capitalizing on increased market opportunity both locally and globally, Tharindra steers the transformation of the entire Group’s IT environment, whether in the areas of infrastructure, software, and product development, or in enabling operational efficiencies by streamlining processes and systems. He guides the introduction, implementation, management, and support aspects of the full range of technology-led initiatives within the Group.

With an MEng Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management, a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, as well as PRINCE2 Project Management Professional and Certified ScrumMaster credentials to his name, Tharindra harnesses a vast expanse of knowledge in incorporating cutting-edge technology across CAL’s operations and business functions. His work allows the Group to consistently disrupt conventions in financial service markets while establishing uncharted paths.

Milanka Induruwage

Executive Vice President – Head of Equities

Milanka currently holds the position of Executive Vice President – Head of Equities of Capital Alliance Securities (Private) Limited and has been with the company since 2007. He is a qualified financial advisor in both equity and debt securities. He has over 15 years of stock brokering experience and has been involved in aspect of sales and client management. Milanka is equipped with a wealth of experience in identifying financial market trends and delivering great value to retail and corporate clients. He now manages the stock brokering team and a stellar network of local and global clients. Milanka holds an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is also an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast.

Vishnu Balachandran

Executive Vice President – Head of Investment Banking

Been with the Group since 2011, he has been at the forefront of concluding several landmark M&A transactions and debt issuances across buy-side, sell-side and cross border transactions. Prior to joining CAL, he worked as an Equity Analyst at Amba Research (now Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services), covering FMCG and retail markets in East Asia.

Vishnu is a CFA charter holder (USA), an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.

Rob Ioannou

Managing Director – Heritage Partners (Private) Limited

Rob has a quarter century of wealth management industry experience in Europe as well as Asia, spanning a breadth of financial wealth disciplines. He is an advisor to families in developed and emerging markets on investments and strategy across asset classes, wealth structuring, fiduciary practices, family office and insurance solutions.
Rob’s global career has included senior management roles at DBS, HSBC, and JP Morgan in London and Singapore. Prior to joining CAL in October 2019, Rob was Head of International Private Banking, Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank. He also serves as an Executive Committee member of the Singapore and Sri Lanka Business Association (SLBA).
Based in Colombo, Rob considers himself a global citizen with roots in London, Athens and Perth. He is a dual Greek and British citizen, as well as a Permanent Resident of Singapore and Australia. Rob was educated at Mill Hill School London, and has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Udeeshan Jonas

Senior Vice President – Head of Research

Udeeshan heads the Research arm of the CAL Group, one of the top-rated equity research houses in the country. He possesses deep insights and expertise in the Sri Lankan economy and capital markets. Being attached to the CAL Group since 2011, Udeeshan has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the equity research industry in Sri Lanka with the introduction of several innovative research products to the local market. Udeeshan won the Gold award for Best Equity Research Report for the year 2017/18 and Best Sector Report in Sri Lanka for the year 2018/19 and was instrumental in heading a team which won multiple awards at the CFA Capital Market Awards, a feat achieved for the first time in the history of the competition. Prior to his role as Senior Vice President – Head of Research, Udeeshan worked as a fund manager for CAL Investments, managing a portfolio of private wealth management mandates.
Udeeshan is a CFA charter holder and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK). He also holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, Australia. Udeeshan is also a visiting lecturer for CFA.

Yasantha Kumara

Financial Controller

Currently responsible for the finance function of the Capital Alliance Group and Unit Trust Funds, in his role as Financial Controller, he brings in the primary focus of business process developments that adds value to the Finance function of the CAL Group. In addition, conforming to best practices, regulatory guidelines and IFRS Standards.

Prior to joining CAL, Yasantha has around 12 years of post-qualified experience in Banking, Insurance and Finance Sector Companies and KPMG – Sri Lanka. His core expertise includes financial management, financial reporting, auditing, ALM, corporate planning and taxation.
Yasantha is an Associate Member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, UK and Charter Holder of CFA Institute, USA. Further, he holds a BSc. (Accounting) special degree with first class honors and MBA (Finance) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

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