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 and Izzat, Malaysia.

Datuk Azzat 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 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.

Dr. Wijayasuriya serves on the boards of several subsidiaries and associates, locally and internationally of the Dialog Group and Axiata Group respectively. Dr. Wijayasuriya also leads the Digital Services operations of the Axiata Group in the capacity of the Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital Services. He also serves on the boards of the Sri Lanka Institute of NanoTechnoloy (SLINTEC) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

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), and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

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 ‘’ri 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. Moksevi 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 a Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange Ltd and Sinwa Holdings Ltd, Sri Lanka. He is also a Director of the National Research Council of 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. Mohamed 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 (ZIMCO) and as advisor on state enterprise reform in the office of the then President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.Mr. Muhsin is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

 
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.

Mr. Maclaurin is presently the CEO of edotco Group Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axiata. Prior to this, he was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata. Mr. Maclaurin has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and has held a number of senior finance leadership positions including Group CFO of Axiata, 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. 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 is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds degrees in Engineering and Finance.

 
Mohd Khairil Kevin Loh Bin Abdullah
 

Mr. Mohd Khairil Abdullah

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mohd 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.

 
Darke mohamed sani
 

Mr. Darke Mohamed Sani

Non- Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Darke Mohamed Sani was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 08th February 2014.

He is presently the Group Chief Human Resources Officer & Head of Organisational Development of Axiata.

Mr. Darke Sani 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.

Mr. Darke Sani 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.

 
Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean
 

Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mahesh Amalean was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 15th May 2014.

Mr. Amalean serves as the Chairman and visionary leader of apparel manufacturer, MAS Holdings Limited (MAS). He is highly regarded for his astute management vision and governance principles, which has steered MAS into one of the largest and most respected business entities in the region.

Mr. Amalean also serves as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology and is a Past Chairman and current Executive Committee member of the Joint Apparel Association Forum.

He was conferred the title ‘Deshamanya’ by the President of Sri Lanka, in recognition of his service to the nation through the National Committee of Economic Development and the Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation. In 2011, The Open University of Sri Lanka conferred an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) to him in recognition of his contribution to the country.

Mr. Amalean has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India and has completed his executive education at Columbia Business School, USA.

 
chari TVT
 

Mr. Chari TVT

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chari was appointed to the Board of Dialog Axiata on 19th September 2014.

He is presently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Axiata Group Berhad. Prior to this, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad. During his time, he was instrumental for many initiatives that contributed to excellent financial performance of Celcom over the last four years, making it one of the most profitable companies in Malaysia. Prior to this assignment, he was the Vice President, Sales, HP Financial Services Asia Pacific and Japan. He had an illustrious career in HP for over twenty years of which 10 years was in senior finance positions in various countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore) and 10 years heading Sales and Marketing for Asia Pac and a large business unit with revenue of close to USD 1 Bn.

Mr. Chari holds an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK (CIMA) and an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWA) from India.