CSE Director Dilshan Wirasekara (third from left) presenting Lanka Securities the winning prize, accompanied by CSE CRO Renuke Wijayawardhane (first from left), CSE CIO
Chandrakanth Jayasinghe (first from right) and CSE Head of Market Development Niroshan Wijesundere (second from right)
The second edition of ‘CSE Masterminds’, Sri Lanka’s industry-wide capital market quiz competition organised by the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) concluded recently at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo with Lanka Securities emerging as the winner of the competition. DFCC Bank was placed as the runner up while London Stock Exchange Group – Team A was placed as the second runner up. A cash prize of Rs. 100, 000 was awarded for the winning team with additional cash prizes of Rs. 75, 000 and Rs. 50, 000 awarded to second and third placed teams in the overall competition.
The competition also saw further recognition offered to teams excelling within their respective categories. DFCC Bank (Banks Category), Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC (Finance/Insurance/Asset Management Category), Lanka Securities (Stockbrokers/Investment Banks Category), London Stock Exchange Group Team A (Technology/Telecom Category), Nithya Partners (Professional Services Category) and Hayleys PLC (Diversified and Other Category) topped their respective categories.
The competition, which was organised with the objective of enhancing knowledge of the capital market, attracted the participation of 46 teams representing a number of public and private companies and other institutions from around the country. Participants were quizzed on their knowledge of the stock market, global capital markets, local and international business and other areas with relation to the management of financial securities.
Commenting on the event, CSE CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike stated that the second edition of CSE Masterminds was successful in reaching out to a broader audience than initially anticipated, which underlines the interest in the capital market among both listed and unlisted entities.
CSE Masterminds 2018 was supported by First Capital Holdings as the Platinum Sponsor, Nations Trust Bank as the Gold Sponsor, and Bank of Ceylon, DFCC Bank, Softlogic Stockbrokers and Taprobane Securities as Silver Sponsors. The Shangri-La Hotel Colombo was the Hospitality Partner while the event was also supported by Lite FM as the Radio Partner and Entertainment Unlimited as the Event Management Partner.
The Head of Market Development at CSE Niroshan Wijesundere commenting on the event expressed his appreciation to all participating companies and event sponsors that paved the way for a successful competition in 2018. He also noted that CSE looks forward to continuing CSE Masterminds as a regular event, adding that the competition offers a unique and engaging means through which knowledge and awareness on the capital market could be fostered.