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Advisory Board Members

The fund is supported by a senior and well-respected Advisory Board which combines local perspective and international institutional experience. The Advisory Board is committed to share their knowledge, skill-set and leverage their local and international network with Kanda Capital

Mr. Nissanka Weerasekera

Mr. Nissanka Weerasekera

Nissanka Weerasekera was the Regional Managing Partner for Central and South Asia of Aureos Capital,

A leading PE fund manager focusing on small and mid-cap enterprises in emerging markets worldwide, from 2003 until 2013.

He also functioned as the Group Operations Director of Aureos Capital while serving on the board of the parent company of Aureos in the UK. Nissanka started his PE career in the mid-nineties as the CEO of the pioneer Sri Lankan venture capital firm PVIC. He is a past-President of the Venture Capital Association of Sri Lanka.

He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), has an MA in economics from the University of Colombo and a BSc (Hons) in physics from the University of Peradeniya.

Current positions:

Chairman of the Board – Affno Virtual Market (Pvt) Ltd

Non-Executive Independent Director – Watawala Plantations PLC

Non-Executive Independent Director – Watawala Tea Ceylon Ltd

Mr. Nanno Kleiterp

Mr. Nanno Kleiterp

Nanno Kleiterp was the CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of FMO

The Dutch Development Bank from 2008 until 2016. FMO is the largest bilateral DFI in Europe. During his distinguished career at FMO, Mr. Kleiterp also served as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer

In 2016, he published the book ”Banking for A Better World” (Amsterdam University Press), which lays out the case for transformational investments in developing countries and the role of Development Finance Institutions

Mr. Kleiterp holds an MSc in Sociological Economics from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands

Current positions:

EDFI, Honorary Chairman. EDFI is an association that comprises 15 European bilateral DFIs and a total investment portfolio of EUR 40bn committed to supporting the private sector in developing countries. Nanno was the first independent Chair of EDFI from 2017-2019

Arise, Board Member. Arise is a leading African investment company backed by three investors, namely Norfund, Rabobank, and FMO. Arise has US$ 1bn in assets under management and is a minority shareholder in about 10 locally-owned financial services providers in Sub-Saharan Africa, who are searching for a way to keep their independence

&Green Fund, Chairman of the Board. The fund has raised public and private funding to invest in inclusive agriculture and forest protection

Sudameris Bank, Board Member.  Sudameris Bank is a leader in the creation of the round table for sustainable finance in Paraguay with US$ 1 bn in assets

Van Leer Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The foundation focuses on Early Childhood Development