The affairs of the Sri Lanka Business Council are administered by a Board of Directors with a maximum of nine elected members. The Board of Directors are elected only from the Sri Lankan Business Owners in the UAE. The elected board in turn elects the Chairman, Vice Chairman and allocates the responsibilities to the respective Directors. In addition, the immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Senior Resident Officer of National Carrier, the Senior Resident Officer of the Tea Board and the Consul General of Sri Lankan in Dubai are invited to the Board of Directors as ex-officio members.

Muhammed Riza

Holding an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Reza is a Senior Management Professional in the Aviation Industry exposed to doing business in Asia, Americas and in Africa. Currently he is the Regional Manager (Commercial) covering Latin America, Central & Southern Africa and Indian Ocean islands for the Emirates Airlines. He has held the position of the honorary representative for Tourism in the UAE appointed by the Ministry of Tourism in Sri Lanka.

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Vice Chairman
Farook Kassim

A graduate from Harvard Business School, Boston, he is the Managing Director of Al Bogari Holdings Ltd, a company specializing in investment and trading. With a treasure trove of achievements, he has lived in the U.A.E for more than 40 years. He was the Chairman of the Dubai Food Trading Group, A board member of the WMO, Independent Non-Executive Director of Albaraka Bank South Africa and a Group Director of Expolanka Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

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Director – Secretary to the Board
Ranil De Silva

A Finance Professional currently engaged as the Head of Treasury & Insurance of NPS Energy Group, the largest regionally owned oil & gas services provider. He also holds the title of Chairman/CEO of Solomons De Silva & Moorthy, Kandy – a firm of Chartered Accountants, Tax and Management Consultants incorporated in Kandy in 1967. An Alumni of Kingswood College, Kandy and a MBA graduate from Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM) at the University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka’. He has been in the Middle East for the last 12 years, a member of various sports and social organisations, and a veteran Rugby Referee.

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Director – Finance
Hussain Afkar

A Chartered Accountant by profession, with an associate membership with CPA (Australia) and a MBA from (USA), with 30 years of experience in Auditing, Financial Advisory and Tax. He is a Director at Axis Auditing and Accounting. He moved to Bahrain in 1987, Kuwait 1995 and UAE from 2009. He is an old boy of Carey College, Colombo.

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Director – Events
Sam Fernando

An Advertising and Event management professional, Sam is living in the UAE since 1998. Graduating from Anglia Ruskin University, UK, he is an alumni of Raddoluwa Maha Vidyalaya. He is currently the CEO and Partner of Team Evention LLC, a leading event Management company in Dubai. He is one of the Board of Director of “SAHANA”, the Sri Lankan Welfare Association registered in Dubai.

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Director – Membership
Don Channa Munasinghe

A licensed Aircraft Engineer by profession with Emirates Airlines has completed 12 years in the profession. He graduated from Emirates Engineering College, Dubai. He is also the Acting Managing Director Chef Lanka, UAEs oldest chain of Sri Lankan Restaurants. Born and brought up in the UAE, has grown up supporting the family business for the last 23 years.

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Director – Business Development
Shihan Sheriff

Shihan Sheriff – A Finance professional with experience in multiple industries, is the Chief Financial Officer of al bogari Holdings (Group) since 2010. Completed his MBA at the Chifley Business School, Torrens University of Australia and is a qualified Associate Chartered Management Accountant from CIMA (UK). He is a member of CPA Australia as well as the Chartered Global Management Accountants of USA. An alumnus of Royal College, Colombo, has been involved with various social organizations throughout and is in the Middle East since 2008.

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Director – Public Relations and External Affairs
Suren Swaminathan

Suren Swaminathan is a long term UAE resident. A well known Insurance Professional and alsoa businessman. He had his early education at St. Xaviers College Nuwara Eliya. An active community member who held senior positions in many organizations.

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Ex Officio Directors

Immediate Past Chairman
Mohamed Giado


Consul General of Sri Lanka in Dubai
H.E. Mr.Charitha Yattogoda

As a career commercial diplomat he has served in the Sri Lanka Mission in Paris (France), Yangoon(Myanmar), Seoul(South Korea). Assigned at the Ministry of Trade and Commerce in Colombo, he has worked in bilateral, regional, multilateral and WTO divisions, specialising in Trade policy related issues.
Mr. Charitha Yattogoda graduated in Bachelor of Science (Hons.) specialising in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and obtained Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Economics from the University of Colombo. Further, he completed Post Graduate Diploma in Trade Policy at the World Trade Organizing in Geneva and also a part qualified from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK.

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Director (Promotion) for Middle East & North African Region, Sri Lanka Tea Board
Minister (Tea Promotion), Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai

Premala Srikantha

Has served Sri Lanka Tea Board in several positions that include, Director (Promotion), Deputy Tea Commissioner (Exports) and Minister Counselor (Tea Promotion) attached to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia. Possesses a Degree in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, a Postgraduate Diploma in Tea Tasting & Quality Control, and a Diploma in Diplomacy and International Relations. Served as a member in international working groups on tea and represented Sri Lanka in delegations on bi-lateral negotiations and joint commissions. Served as Chairperson of the Working Group on Tea Trade and Quality of the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea.

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