An eminent scholar and a veteran professional, with wealth of experience in both private and public sector, Dr. Anura Ekanayake has been appointed as a Director to the Board of Directors of Richard Pieris & Company PLC.
Dr. Ekanayake who was the immediate past Chairman of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the former Chairman of Industrial Association of Sri Lanka for four consecutive years and Chairman of International Natural Rubber Council based in Kuala Lumpur, has had an illustrious career in the public service as a Senior Economist of the Mahaweli Authority, Director on the Boards of the State Plantation Corporation and JEDB, Director of Planning to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Director General of the Ministry of Public Administration prior to joining the private sector in 1998.
He left his two decade long public service and joined Unilever Sri Lanka and served as Director – Human Resources and Corporate Relations for eight years.
Dr. Ekanayake held directorships in all 23 regional plantations companies subsequent to their initial formation including the Maskeliya Plantations PLC of the Richard Pieris Group and several other listed and non-listed companies in various disciplines ranging from finance to agriculture, manufacturing to exports.
In addition, he continues to serve as a member of the Governing Board of Governors of the Institute of Policy Studies, Board of Studies on Public Administration of Postgraduate, Institute of Management and is a member of sovereign rating advisory committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He is also a fellow member of Institute of Certified Professional Managers.
Dr. Ekanayake, who has a rare nexus of academic excellence and practical professionalism, holds B.A. (Hons) and M. Sc (Agriculture) from University of Peradeniya and Ph.D. in Economics from Australian National University. With enormous volume of research work and publications covering agriculture, irrigation, environment, industries, economic policy, change management, communications and knowledge economy, Dr. Ekanayake is a firm advocate of the ideology, of developing human capital and people transformation.
The Board of Directors of Richard Pieris & Company, consists of a blend of high profile directors from diverse fields and disciplines, including Dr. Sena Yaddehige as the Chairman and Managing Director/CEO, J.H. Paul Ratnayeke, Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, Prof. Susantha Pathirana, W.J. Viville P. Perera and Sunil Liyanage.