Board of Directors

Board of Directors
 
Datuk Azzat Kamaludin
 

Datuk Azzat Kamaludin

Chairman / Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director
Datuk Azzat Kamaludin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata as Chairman and Director on 21st July, 2008.

He is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Axiata, and is a partner in the law firm of Azzat & Izzat, Malaysia.

Datuk Azzat Kamaludin served as an administrative and diplomatic officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia from 1970 to 1979 and has also served as a member of the Securities Commission, Malaysia from 1993 to 1999. He is presently a Director of several public listed and private limited companies in Malaysia.

Datuk Azzat Kamaludin graduated from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, with degrees in Law and in International Law, and was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple, London in 1970. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1979.

 
Dr. Shridhir Sariputta Hansa Wijayasuriya
 

Dr. Shridhir Sariputta Hansa Wijayasuriya

Group Chief Executive / Non-Independent, Executive Director
Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 19th January, 2001.

Dr. Wijayasuriya joined the Company in 1994 as a member of the founding management team of the Company, and has functioned in the capacity of the Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata, since 1997. He counts over two decades of experience in technology-related business management. Dr Wijayasuriya serves on the boards of several subsidiaries and associates, locally and internationally of the Dialog Group and Axiata Group respectively. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sri Lanka Institute of NanoTechnoloy (SLINTEC) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.

Dr. Wijayasuriya holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK, a PhD in Digital Mobile Communications from the University of Bristol, UK and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Warwick, UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology of the UK (IET), a Chartered Professional Engineer and also a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), USA.

Dr. Wijayasuriya is a past Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific – the regional interest group of the GSM Association representing 49 Asia Pacific member countries, and has earned the distinction of being included in the GSM 100 Role of Honour for his contribution to GSM in the Asia Pacific Region. He was a recipient of the CIMA-Janashakthi Business Leader of the Year award in its inaugural year of presentation in 2003, and of the coveted ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ award in 2008 presented by Sri Lanka’s premier business journal, the Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD).

 
Mr. Moksevi Rasingh Prelis
 

Mr. Moksevi Prelis

Independent, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Prelis was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata PLC on 15th September, 2004.

He has 27 years experience in the banking sector, out of which 21 years was in the capacity of CEO/Director of the DFCC Bank and the Nations Trust Bank. Prior to this, he has worked for 16 years as an Engineer and a Manager in the automobile manufacturing and steel industries.

He has held the posts of Chairman – Ceylon Electricity Board, Chairman – National Institute of Business Management, Chairman – Association of Development Finance Institutions of Asia & Pacific, headquartered in Manila and Chairman – St. Johns National Association of Sri Lanka. He has served as a Director on the boards of 20 companies and five state institutions. He is currently the Chairman of Capital Trust Securities Group and Association for Social Development and a Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange Limited and Sinwa Holdings Limited, Sri Lanka.

Mr. Prelis holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ceylon, a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Purdue University, USA, a Postgraduate Certificate in Industrial Administration from Aston University, Birmingham and has completed the International Senior Management Programme of the Harvard Business School, USA.

He is a Chartered Engineer of UK, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, a (Hon) Member of the Institute of Personnel Management and a (Hon) Fellow of the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka.

 
Mr. Mohamed Vazir Muhsin
 

Mr. Mohamed Muhsin

Independent, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Muhsin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 14th June, 2006.

Mr. Muhsin’s experience includes working as a Strategic Management Consultant and Director on international corporate and Foundation Boards. Prior to his retirement as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the World Bank, Mr. Muhsin was responsible for aligning information technology with the organisation’s business strategy. He successfully implemented major reforms in global telecommunications, video conferencing, information management and enterprise business systems, and the work he accomplished is featured in a Harvard Business School Case Study.

He has also worked in senior positions in the private sector in Sri Lanka and served for several years as the Group Financial Director of Zambia’s industrial and mining conglomerate and as advisor on state enterprise reform in the office of the then President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

Mr. Muhsin is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

 
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Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala

Independent, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Dhanapala was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata PLC on 3rd August, 2007.

He was a career diplomat in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service and the United Nations (UN). He was the Ambassador of Sri Lanka and the Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (1984-87), the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA (1995-97) and UN Under-Secretary-General (1998-2003). He served as a member of the UN University Council for a period of seven years.

Mr. Dhanapala is the current President of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and sits on the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and advisory boards of other international institutes. He has published several books and written articles for international journals. Mr. Dhanapala was named ‘Sri Lankan of the Year 2006’ by Sri Lanka’s premier business magazine, the Lanka Monthly Digest (LMD). He has also received many international awards.

Mr. Dhanapala holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree majoring in English Literature with French from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the American University in Washington DC, USA. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Peradeniya and Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka, the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the USA, the University of Southampton UK and the Dubna International University in the Russian Federation.

 
James Maclaurin
 

Mr. James Maclaurin

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director
Mr. James Maclaurin was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 10th May, 2011.

He is presently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata. Mr. Maclaurin has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 16 years and has held a number of senior finance leadership positions including CFO for Africa and Central Europe at Vodafone, Group CFO of Celtel, the pan-African mobile operator, CFO of UbiNetics, the 3G technology developer and EVP Finance of Marconi, the UK-based telecom vendor subsequently sold to Ericsson. In the mid 90’s he worked in Asia and served as the Finance Director of General Electric Co. of Singapore and prior to this he was the Finance Director of the General Electric Co. of Bangladesh. He currently serves on the boards of a number of international public listed and private limited companies within the Axiata Group.

Mr. Maclaurin holds degrees in Engineering and Finance from the Universities of Dundee and Heriot Watt, Edinburgh, Scotland respectively. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

 
Mohd Khairil Kevin Loh Bin Abdullah
 

Mr. Mohd Khairil Abdullah

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Khairil Abdullah was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on the 19th November, 2012.

Mr. Khairil Abdullah is presently the Group Chief Marketing & Operations Officer of Axiata. Prior to Axiata, he was a Partner at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading global management consultancy. He was with Bain for more than 15 years and worked out of various offices in the firm, including San Francisco, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has built a strong track record of helping his clients in the telecommunication and other industries and has achieved major improvements to their strategic positions and operational performance. In 2008, he returned to Southeast Asia to help Bain grow its telecommunication practice in the region based out of Singapore.

Prior to joining Bain, he was an operations consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Management Consulting Services. He also had a stint running a tech start-up based in Southeast Asia.

Mr. Khairil Abdullah holds a BA (Engineering) and MEng from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.

 
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Mr. Darke Mohamed Sani

Non-Independent/ Non-Executive Director
Mr. Darke Mohamed was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata PLC on 08 February 2014.

Mr. Darke Mohamed Sani is the Group Chief Human Resources Officer & Head of Organisational Development of Axiata Group Berhad.

Darke has had over 25 years experience both in Malaysia and in the South Asia region, in the telecommunication and IT industries and most recently in leadership development and management consulting. He has held several senior positions in multinational companies and large local companies including as Managing Director of South East Asia and India of Apple Computer, Managing Director (Singapore) of Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of Hewlett-Packard) and Managing Director of Enterprise Business of Maxis Communications in Malaysia. Prior to joining the Axiata Group in 2011, he was a director of a leadership development and management consulting company.

Darke holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He was a member of the Public Service Commission of Singapore and was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2001.