Rajendra Theagarajah

rajendra theagarajahIndependent Non- Executive Director in a diverse portfolio of Listed and Unlisted companies including MNCs Rajendra Theagarajah is an Alumni of Price Waterhouse Coopers and a Fellow Member of CA Sri Lanka as well as CIMA (UK). He obtained his MBA from Cranfield School of Business, UK and had a highly successful career in Banking both in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. During a 36 year career, Theagarajah spent the last 16 years as CEO of Three private sector licensed commercial banks in Sri Lanka and had the opportunity of contributing significantly towards policy advocacy issues such as Corporate Governance Framework for Banks, Basel III adoption and fair Value Accounting by Banks, Financial Inclusion and more recently development of Fintec Sand Box framework for Banks. During the above period he Chaired the Sri Lanka Banks Association, the Asian Banks Association, Served in the board of Lanka Clear as well as Colombo Stock Exchange. 

Mr Theagarajah has been actively involved in the Board of Sri Lanka’s oldest business chamber the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for over a decade and as the only career banker to serve as its chairman for a two-year tenure 2017-19.

Having retired from full time active management since September 2020, Mr Theagarajah continues to contribute towards business and economic renaissance of Sri Lanka by serving in a diverse pool of Boards ranging from family-owned private companies, start-ups in Payments and Data Analytics, a JV in operating a tier 3 state of the art Data Centre, a Listed conglomerate and a Multi-National Company with manufacturing interests in Sri Lanka. He continues to support policy advocacy issues of the CCC by Chairing the National Agenda Committee on Entrepreneur Ecosystem. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Pathfinder Foundation a leading think tank in Sri Lanka.


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