Corporate Management Team
Iftikar AhamedMANAGING DIRECTOR
Mr. Iftikar Ahamed was appointed Managing Director of Softlogic Life Insurance PLC in 2014. He also heads the Financial Services Sector of the Softlogic Group and is the Managing Director of Softlogic Capital PLC, which is the financial services holding company of the group that has interests in Insurance, Leasing and Finance and Stockbroking. He counts over 30 years of experience in a wide range of métiers within the financial services industry and has extensive Banking experience both in Sri Lanka and overseas, having held senior management positions as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Nations Trust Bank PLC and Senior Associate Director at Deutsche Bank AG. He holds an MBA from the University of Wales, UK.
Chula HettiarachchiEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chula Hettiarachchi holds a B.Com and M.Com Degree from the University of Kelaniya, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants - Sri Lanka. He commenced his career in 1981, at Upali Newspapers (Pvt.) Limited, where he served as the Head of Distribution. He joined the Insurance industry in 1995 as a Regional Manager for Colombo at Eagle Insurance, and was soon promoted as Zonal Manager (Western Province) and has a wealth of experience in insurance practices through his local and overseas affiliations. He has also undergone extensive training both locally and overseas, including stints at the Insurance Institute of India (Pune), Allied Dunbar (UK), FALIA (Japan), OLIS (Japan) and Munich Re. (Germany).
Thilanka KiriporuwaCHIEF CORPORATE SERVICES OFFICER
Thilanka, holds a Master’s in Business Studies from the University of Colombo, and is a qualified member of CIM (UK), as well as a Diploma holder in Human Resources and Information Technology. He is a multi-talented personality, with over one and a half decades experience in Human Resources, Customer Service, Logistics, Administration, Facilities Management, Retail and General Operations. He currently oversees all Corporate Services Functions, which include, Customer Service, Customer Retention, Administration Services, Purchasing, Facilities Management, Life Investigations, and Loyalty & CRM Operations.
Dilan ChristostomCHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Dilan, is an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). His career spans over a period of fourteen years, of which five years was spent overseas. He has participated in many foreign and local training programs based on Insurance, Finance, Accounting and Risk Management including FALIA (Japan). He was a member of the Softlogic Team that won the international Asset & Liability Management competition conducted in Germany by DEG and FMO.
Indu AttygalaCHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Indu joined Softlogic Life as the General Manager of Business Development in 2017. Indu began his career as an Underwrite for Fire Insurance at CTC Eagle Insurance in 1993. He also worked in P.T Vitasia – Indonesia - General Insurance Brokers from 2000 to 2001. After returning from Indonesia, he re-joined AVIVA NDB Insurance and in 2002, he changed course by accepting the challenge to develop the General Insurance Agency Channel as Manager – Direct Sales and was promoted to Assistant General Manager / Head of Sales in General Insurance in the Agency Development Unit, until moving to Life Distribution in 2012, where he was made responsible to develop the Life Sales Channel at AIA Insurance Lanka PLC, with a promotion as Deputy General Manager. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the university of Northampton UK . Indu has also successfully completed the Comprehensive Technical Program in General Insurance at the National Insurance Academy in Pune, India, and has also completed the Advanced Agency Management Program conducted by AIA Hong Kong and was awarded a Master-Class by LIMRA Europe Limited.
Amal DharmapriyaGENERAL MANAGER – ICT
Amal counts over fifteen years of IT and business process automation management experiences in his career. He possesses a proven track record of driving quality solutions and delivering complex integrations and roll-outs by providing innovative end-to-end solutions; oversees budget adherence, milestone completion and strengthens policy and compliance frameworks. Amal, has guided and nurtured a proactive and effective team performance culture within the Softlogic Life IT Team and is committed to continuously improve team building and client satisfaction. He is a keen researcher in the areas of Big Data and Artificial Intelligent based machine learning. Amal is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – ISACA and a member of the Australian computer society (MACS). He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sabaragamuwa and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a Master’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colombo and an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Suranga WadugeGENERAL MANAGER - ACTUARIAL
Suranga heads the Actuarial function at Softlogic Life. He holds a Master’s of Science in Actuarial Management from the Heriot Watt University, UK and in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA. He earned his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business, Financial and Computational Mathematics from the University of Colombo. Suranga began his career at Softlogic Life Insurance as a Management Trainee in 2004 and left the company in 2006 to pursue his higher studies. He returned to Softlogic Life as Manager -Actuarial in 2009. He counts for over eight years of Management experience in the fields of Actuarial and Life Reinsurance. During his career in Insurance, he has participated in many foreign and local training programs for Life Insurance and Reinsurance including FALIA (Japan). At present, he is working towards becoming an Associate Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).
Nuwan PushpakumaraHEAD OF FINANCE
Nuwan holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) from the University of Sri-Jayawardenapura, and also holds a Bachelors Special Degree in Business Management Finance. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL), the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. At presently he serves as Chairman of the Finance Technical Committee of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL). Nuwan joined Softlogic Life in January 2014, and currently heads the Finance Department of the Company. He counts for over fourteen years of experience in the fields of Finance, General Management and Audit at Union Assurance PLC and multinational such as KPMG. The high point of his career was when he spearheaded the in-house IFRS convergence and actively participated in the Insurance Industry panel of IFRS convergence in Sri Lanka. He also served as an industry expert in the committee of drafting the Insurance syllabus for the Department of Finance at the University of Kelaniya.
Piyumal WickramasingheDEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER - ALTERNATE CHANNEL
Piyumal, commenced his career at Softlogic Life Insurance PLC to lead the Motor Insurance Division as Chief Manager in 2014. He was instrumental in implementing the highly successful award winning Click2Claim (C2C) venture. He joined the Life Insurance Division of Softlogic Life, in April 2016 as Assistant General Manager - Life Operations and currently heads the Alternate Distribution Channel of which the main pillars are Bancassurance, Direct, Affinity and Online. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and BA (Hons) in Business Management (Middlesex University). His previous experience counts for more than ten years at AIA Insurance Lanka PLC. He was awarded the Managing Director’s special award at both, AIA and Softlogic Life, in recognition of his contribution towards business excellence.
Dayan RanasingheASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER - TREASURY
Prior to joining Softlogic Life in 2007, Dayan obtained experience in areas which included Auditing, Leasing and Hire Purchasing as well as Treasury, Research, Factoring, and Marketing in earlier roles. He joined Softlogic Life as a Financial Analyst and rapidly revamped the existing investment processes to create a diversified portfolio, which, combined with active management, resulted in profitable and sustainable returns. He was subsequently promoted as Head of Treasury in 2012, and seconded to Softlogic Capital PLC to overlook the Financial Cluster’s Treasury and Investment Function, whilst heading projects with Development Financial Institutions, which included FMO and DEG, Guarant Co and TCX . Dayan is an alumnus of the University of Colombo and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (U.K)
Kavi RajapakshaHEAD OF MARKETING
Given her passion for analytics combined with creativity and superlative communication skills, Kavi took a U turn and joined marketing after having completed two first class Chemistry special degrees from University of Colombo and Institute of Chemistry. She started off her career as a management trainee at a leading multinational FMCG in Sri Lanka where she went on to practice her expertise in building iconic brands such as Vaseline, Astra and Dove for over five years. She has extensive experience in leading both local and international cross functional teams, steering brands under crisis conditions and innovating on ATL and BTL fronts which has made her a key stakeholder in many award winning marketing campaigns. She joined Softlogic Life in 2017 and now functions as the head of the marketing team. Kavi Rajapaksha holds a MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Indika BamunusingheHEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Indika Bamunusinghe holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Human Resource Management from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His experience spans over a period of twelve years in insurance and retail sectors in Sri Lanka, Australia and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Softlogic Life, he worked at AIA Insurance. During his tenure he has held a regional role in talent management where he was strategically involved in identifying key successors and developing leadership at AIA group office in Hong Kong. Indika has actively contributed to many projects and missions in areas of organizational development, talent management and leadership development in several countries.
Ruwantha ArukwattaHEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT
Ruwantha joined Softlogic Life Insurance PLC in 2014, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL). Further, he is a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Association of Fraud Examiners, (USA). He is equipped with eleven years of experience, in both Public Accounting Practice and Internal Audit, of which more than eight years of experience in the Finance and Insurance Industry.
Rosheni WickramarathneHEAD OF LEGAL
Rosheni joined Softlogic Life as Deputy Head of Legal in April 2016 and also took over the function of Compliance Officer in October 2016. Immediately prior to joining Softlogic Life she worked at AIA Insurance Lanka PLC as Manager Legal & Group Compliance and thereafter as Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager and also as the Company Secretary of one of its subsidiary companies. She also possesses experience in capital market policy initiatives and market regulations and enforcement actions having worked at the Legal & Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. She is an Attorney-at Law by profession and holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. She also holds a Diploma in Banking, Insurance and Finance Law from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education and a Certificate of Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA UK).She counts over 11 years of management experience in the fields of Commercial Law & Foreign Direct Investments, Corporate Transaction Structuring, Litigation, Securities and Capital Market Regulation, Compliance and Company Secretarial Practice. Her career development includes experience in Legal and Compliance work relating to both local and foreign jurisdictions and introduction and implementation of capital market regulations, take-over and mergers and operations of market participants.
Rushika BemunugeHEAD OF RISK
Rushika’s journey at Softlogic Life Insurance commenced in 2014, and since, she has been instrumental in establishing the Risk Management Unit and successfully designing and implementing the Risk Framework and Risk Processes of the Company. She is equipped with over 9 years’ of Risk Management experience, with specialty focus in Market Risk Management in the Banking and Finance Sector. Her journey in Risk Management began at DFCC Bank, where her core responsibilities were Market Risk Management and providing extensive Economic Analysis and Forecasting for the Bank. Rushika holds a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo and a BSc. Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds an award in Risk in Financial Services through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments, UK, and, has received specialty training in Risk Management Practices for Life Insurance through FALIA (Japan) and OLIS (Japan).