ACCA has announced the appointment of Nilusha Ranasinghe as the Market Head for Sri Lanka and Maldives following the resignation of Aruni Rajakarier.
“ACCA is poised for accelerated growth in Sri Lanka and the Maldives on the work done not just by ACCA but our members, learning providers and other stakeholders in the last few years. Awareness of the brand has grown significantly and our members and students are sought after in both the corporate and public sectors for their skills and knowledge. ACCA has been at the forefront of developing the accountancy profession globally and in the region and is now engaged in contributing further to the accountancy education in the country. I am happy to leave ACCA in a position of strength in the capable hands of my colleague Nilusha Ranasinghe,” stated the outgoing Country Manager Aruni Rajakarier.
Endorsing this statement, Director Emerging Markets Asia Lucia Real-Martin affirmed, “We are delighted to welcome Nilusha Ranasinghe as Sri Lanka’s Market Head. I am confident under Nilusha’s leadership ACCA in Sri Lanka will achieve even greater success, underpinned by her competence, experience and commitment to ACCA. I believe that Nilusha’s skills and expertise, as well as that of her team, is precisely what ACCA needs in Sri Lanka at this new phase of development, to build upon the quality growth already achieved in this important market for ACCA.”
Ranasinghe is an Attorney at Law by profession and she started her career as a legal counsel. She thereafter joined the NDB Bank, where she was seconded to NDB Housing Bank to set up their licensed specialised bank operation. At NDB Housing Bank she was also the Company Secretary and the Head of Legal. After her nine year stint in the Banking Legal field, she joined ACCA as their Business Relationship Manager in 2007.
As the Market Head, Ranasinghe will be responsible for managing the day to day operations and driving the ACCA brand in both Sri Lanka and Maldives and strengthening relationships and further ties with the local ACCA tuition providers, as well as identifying and seizing new market opportunities. She will also be instrumental in initiating programmes that will build further partnerships with relevant professional bodies, business entities, important partner organisations, regulators and employers and work together with them to contribute to the development of the accountancy profession and promote their role as advocates of sound business practices, champions of sustainable business development and identifiers of value drivers, which will in turn lead to high-performing organisations.
Commenting on her new appointment, Ranasinghe said, “I am delighted be a part of such a highly reputable organisation known for its dynamism and effectiveness and I am looking forward to making a contribution at an institution that I have been part of for five years and continue to admire. Sri Lanka and Maldives remain important markets for ACCA and are countries which we see as having significant growth potential and I look forward to enhancing ACCA’s reputation in both these countries.”
She concluded by saying, “I truly believe that ACCA and its members have a pivotal and positive role to play in the economic landscape of corporate Sri Lanka and I am committed to ensure that ACCA continues to be the qualification of choice among professionals and employers .It has been truly inspiring to see how ACCA has played a key role in transforming the lives of many individuals who have taken the ACCA qualification as a stepping stone to their successful career pathway. Therefore our main objective will always remain in developing and offering to students , a comprehensive and globally recognised qualification, that comprises of the highest standards of practice and ethical conduct , that will be endorsed and accepted by employers. As ACCA’s head in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, I will be looking to build on the significant growth in student numbers and members we have achieved in recent years and to build closer, valuable business relationships with key employers throughout the country.” Also welcoming the appointment was ACCA Sri Lanka President Nisreen Rehmanjee who said, “Nilusha joins us at an exciting time of change for ACCA and she will play an important role to help formulate and progress the exciting plans which we have for ACCA Sri Lanka in the coming year.”