Hareendra Dissabandara is the Deputy Secretary General (Financial Affairs) of the National Economic Council of Sri Lanka. He is a Senior Professor of Finance & Corporate Governance and the immediate past Head of Department of Finance of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He obtained his B.Sc. in Management Special Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 1993 and M.Sc. in Management (Finance) from the same university in 2000. He obtained his Ph.D. in Finance from Japan under the prestigious MONBUSHO (Japanese Government) scholarship in 2006.
Professor Dissabandara’s major area of specialization is Corporate Finance and Governance. He has presented his research at local and international conferences in the US, UK and Japan at Global Finance Conference and Japan Society for Applied Management, among others. His main areas of teaching include Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Financial Management, Auditing and Strategic Management. Prof. Dissabandara is a recognized reviewer and chaired number of finance research conferences. His scholarly work also includes several books including Highlights of Corporate Financing & Governance: The Japanese Experience – Post World War II (2009), Evolving Trends in Management: Lessons from Japan (2009), and Strategic Life Direction Model: A Proven, Effective Self-Management Formula for Optimum Performance (2009).
Professor Dissabandara has a long record of government and private sector experience. Before joining academia, he worked as a Cost Officer at Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd. (1998), an Audit Examiner at the Auditor General’s Department (1990), a Government Accountant of the Sri Lanka Accountancy Service attached to the Ministry of Finance (1992-1995). He served as the Director of the Capital Market Education & Training Division (2008-2011) and Director General (2012-2013) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka. During his tenure at the SEC, he contributed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of market practitioners, investors, issuers and market institutions in many ways. They included Varana Television Series, Prathilabha Television Series, Milanka Television Series, Kotas Velanda Polai Obai Television Series, various other electronic and printed media contributions and public speeches for creating capital market awareness. As the Director General of the SEC, he initiated ‘10 Key Projects’ to develop the Sri Lankan Capital Markets balancing both regulatory and market development approaches among many other initiatives.
Professor Dissabandara has conducted several workshops on self-management and accounting and internal control systems for several public and private sector organizations. In addition, during the last ten years, he evaluated number of boards of directors in key organizations. Since 2006, he has been actively contributing to introduce Toyota Production System to Sri Lankan companies while establishing a Sri Lankan TPS group with the help of National Productivity Secretariat of the Ministry of Labor.
Professor Dissabandara also holds chairmanship and directorships in several listed and unlisted companies in the government and private sector and some voluntary positions such as Member of the Council – University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Member – Board of Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Chairman – Strategic Planning Committee of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and Chairman – Faculty Accreditation Committee of Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce. He is also a member of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment – UK, Japan Society for Applied Management, Institute of Public Finance and Development Accountancy, Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Institute of Training and Development, and Association of Sri Lanka and Governance Research Institute of Sri Lanka.