Lecture Panel


Mrs. D.P. Seneviratne


Academic/Professional Qualifications

Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) University of Colombo 2014

Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration &Trade Law (with Merit) Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London (1989)

Solicitors Final Examination Law Society, London, United Kingdom (1989)

Attorneys-at-Law(All three examinations with First Class Honors) Sri Lanka Law College (1984 -1987)

American High School Diploma(with Honors) Eisenhower High School, Minnesota USA (1979)

Current Employment

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SDB Bank PLC

Professional Experience

Thirty years of development banking experience of which over 15 years of senior Management / Leadership exposure and expertise.

Spearheaded the financial inclusion and empowerment initiatives for the micro and middle market segment with special emphasis on women which earned recognition as the Best women empowerment Program run by the Private Sector.

Strategized and implemented the microfinance strategy for two development banks in Sri Lanka including drafting of relevant product Program Guides, Underwriting Standards, formats and documentation as also recruitment and training of relevant staff and operationalization of the microfinance initiatives.

Experience and exposure in negotiating , strategizing credit lines and Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives with funding agencies and state institutions.

Exposure on Corporate Social Responsibility as the Chairperson of the CSR Committee of NDB Bank PLC.

Served as a director of property development subsidiary of NDB Bank PLC for over eight years managing the interests of the Bank.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NDB Housing Bank until its merger with the parent NDB Bank PLC.

Experienced trainer in both content and soft skills with training & exposure from Frankfurt School of Business and Dale Carnegie Institute.

Over 15 years’ experience as a visiting lecturer in legal modules at the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka.

Three years’ experience as the Registrar of the National Arbitration Centre and the Administrative Secretary of the Sri Lanka National Council of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Six years’ experience as a Journalist/photographer for English daily/weekly newspapers SUN & WEEKEND

Research/Articles/Books published

Presented a paper on “Law and Practice relating to Arbitration in Sri Lanka”at the Law Asia Conference held in Seoul ,Korea (1999)

Thesis on “Law relating to the female workers under the 200 Garment Factory Program”, in fulfillment of the requirements of a Master’s Degree in Labor Studies-University of Colombo (2003)

Contributed an article to the Anniversary Publication on the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka, on “Issues pertaining to the financing of condominium residential units in Sri Lanka “ (2002)

Drafted the Procedure for Recovery of Loans for the National Development Bank & its Branch Network (1999)

Was one of the three members entrusted with the drafting of the first Code of Compliance for the National Development Bank(2000)

Was instrumental in the formulation of the Credit Manual for the NDB Housing Bank(2003)

Drafted the Product Program Guides ,Underwriting Standards and Authorities Matrix for Housing Finance/ Margin Trading / Credit Cards/ condominium financing /micro finance for the National Development Bank PLC

Thesis on “Regulation of the micro finance industry -a Sri Lankan perspective. in fulfillment of the requirements of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration-University of Colombo (2014)

Contributed an article to the Anniversary Publication on the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka, on “Mobile Banking as a tool of Financial Inclusion “ (2016) and which selected for presentation at the ADB Fintech Symposium (2017)

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