Mr. Heshana Kuruppu

President, SAFA

Mr. Heshana Kuruppu is the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka). He has served as a Council Member of CA Sri Lanka since 2012.

At CA Sri Lanka, he has chaired the Finance and Administration Committee, CPD Committee, Member Relation Committee, Annual Report Awards Committee, National Conference Committee, Board of Management of the School of Accounting and Business, as well as the Business School Committee among several other committees. He was also a member of the council of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) of Sri Lanka for the period of 2022/2023.

In addition to serving the profession locally, Heshana has also served the profession at a regional level. He has chaired several committees and also served as a member of committees of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA). He was Chairman of the Committee for Improvement in Transparency, Accountability and Governance of SAFA, and also served as a member of the Professional Accountant in Business Committee, and the Committee to Study Fiscal Regimes and other Statutory Requirements of Business in SAARC countries. He has also made vast contributions as both a resource person and panelist at multiple events including conferences organized by SAFA member countries. He also served as a technical advisor to the SAFA Board from January 2022 to December 2022.He was the Vice President of SAFA during the year 2023.

Heshana commands over 24 years of experience, having kicked off his professional career at KPMG. He has held several distinguished positions such as Group Chief Financial Officer/Director at First Capital Group, and General Manager at MAS Holdings. At present, he serves as the Group Finance Director at David Pieris Group of Companies, a leading diversified group in Sri Lanka, where he also serves as a board member of several SBUs of the group including at a Finance Company approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and SBUs representing Automotive, IT, and Electronics.

Heshana is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He holds a B.Sc. Accountancy (Special) First Class degree from the Department of Accounting of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), Sri Lanka. Heshana completed his MBA at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), Colombo, and his Master of Financial Economics at the University of Colombo.

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