Group Chief Executive/Non-Independent, Executive Director
Mr. Supun Weerasinghe was appointed as the Group Chief Executive and as a Member of the Board of Dialog Axiata on 1st January 2017.
Mr. Weerasinghe commenced his career in telecommunications at Dialog Axiata in 1999 and held multiple roles, such as Head of Strategy and CEO of the Mobile Business before being appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer of Dialog Axiata in 2010.
In 2013, he was seconded to Axiata Group Berhad, in Malaysia as its Group Chief Strategy Officer. At Axiata, he also served as the Head of Network Transformation Strategic Business Unit under which he led Group Technology, Carrier Collaboration and the Axiata Intelligence Unit. From January 2014 to October 2016, he functioned as the CEO and Managing Director of Robi Axiata Limited in Bangladesh, the second largest mobile network provider in Bangladesh with 33Mn subscribers.
Mr. Weerasinghe serves on the Boards of subsidiary and associate companies of Dialog as well as Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC) and UNGC Network Sri Lanka.
Mr. Weerasinghe is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Mr. Weerasinghe also holds an MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Pradeep De Almeida
Group Chief Technology Officer
Pradeep leads the Technology function of the Dialog Group. In addition, he chairs the Technical Expert Working Group across South Asian Region covering Bangladesh and Nepal. His portfolio spans the planning, development and operation of multiple networks and services including but not limited to the Group’s Mobile, Broadband, Fixed Line, Digital Television and International Telecommunications infrastructures.
Pradeep joined Dialog Axiata in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka. He is a Chartered engineer by profession. Over the course of his 23-year career in technology management, Pradeep has garnered extensive experience across multiple generations of mobile telephony technology leading up to the most recent 5G technologies. Pradeep is a regular speaker at technology forums.
Dr. Rainer Deutschmann
Group Chief Operating Officer
Rainer is Dialog’s Group Chief Operating Officer and overlooks the Group’s Business Units, Corporate Planning, M&A, and Corporate Strategy. He has over 20 years of in-depth experience in Telecommunications, Online, Cloud and IT Services, Media and Entertainment, e-Commerce, Digital Marketing and Corporate Strategy in mature and emerging markets, across start ups and multinationals.
Prior to joining Dialog Axiata, he served as the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio, India, and was directly responsible for setting up Jio’s business units and leading the launch programme. Preceding Reliance Jio, he was the Senior Vice President Core Telco Products at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, building and leading Deutsche Telekom’s core product portfolio across 14 European markets. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Deutsche Telekom UK Ltd, as Senior Vice President Mobile Products, Deutsche Telekom AG, as Senior Vice President Mobile Internet, T-Mobile International AG, and as Vice President Strategy Development, Deutsche Telekom AG. During his 5 years at McKinsey & Company, he served high-tech and telco clients across Europe.
Rainer holds a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Technology Munich, and worked as a computation and neuroscience researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)/USA.
Sandra De Zoysa
Group Chief Customer Officer
Sandra is the Group Chief Customer Officer of Dialog and the Chairperson of the Digital Customer Experience Expert Working Group for Axiata. Sandra is also a Director of Dialog Business Services.
She has over 30 years of experience in the Mobile industry and is the recipient of multiple awards for women in management, leadership and for her exceptional contribution and achievements in the sphere of customer experience management. In 2017, she was honoured with the CMI Management Excellence Award for Women in Management. Sandra was also one among 7 service practitioners across the globe to have received the prestigious Customer Experience Impact Award, presented by the Customer Experience Professionals Association USA.
Sandra is an avid keynote speaker, panelist and presenter and has spoken at over 100 global events representing Dialog. She is a certified CE professional from CXPA and an alumna of the Cranfeld School of Management UK. She is also a Lean Six Sigma practitioner and a visiting lecturer at the University of Colombo School of Computing since 2009.
In addition to her role at Dialog, Sandra is a founding member and a Director of SLASSCOM, the national IT-Knowledge solutions chamber of Sri Lanka and a founding member and Vice President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Service Management (SLISM).
Group Chief Officer - Programme Management and Tele-Infrastructure
Upali currently holds the position of Group Chief Officer – Programme Management and TeleInfrastructure. His portfolio includes Enterprise Programme Management, Supply Chain Operations, Quality Systems and Process Management, and Transmission Infrastructure Management including related commercial operation.
Upali joined Dialog in 1994 and his experience largely covers management of Telecommunication and IT networks and systems. Prior to being appointed to the current role, he served the group in the capacities of Chief Operating Offcer Dialog Broadband Networks and General Manager – Engineering Operations and Information Technology.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Upali is a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) UK, a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), and a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Australia. He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council (UK).
Group Chief Corporate Officer
Shayam currently holds the position of Group Chief Corporate Officer of the organisation. Shayam’s current portfolio spans Group Human Resources, Group Supply Chain Management, Group Legal and Contract Management, Group Sustainability and Group Corporate Services.
Shayam has previously served in the capacities of Group Chief Officer – Commercial and Programme Management, Group Chief Programme Officer, Group Senior Vice President - Access Network/ Technology Resource Planning, and Head - Network Planning of the Company, prior to being appointed to his current role.
Shayam holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering specialising in Wireless Communications from the University of Texas – Arlington, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems specialising in Telecommunications from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, Texas, USA. He is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - USA, a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) – UK, and a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council (UK).
Group Chief Marketing Officer
Amali is one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned marketing professionals and a business leader, drawing from over two decades of experience in senior management positions both in Sri Lanka and overseas attached to leading global multi-nationals.
Named one of Sri Lanka’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Business as ranked by Echelon Magazine, Amali is an honours graduate from the University of Colombo.
She began her career at Unilever Sri Lanka, where she traversed multiple leadership roles, before her appointment to the Board in the capacity of Director, Foods & Personal Care.
Following her tenure at Unilever, Amali transitioned to the telecommunications sector where she was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bharthi Airtel Lanka, before taking over as Group Chief Marketing Officer of Dialog. At Dialog, her portfolio encompasses the Marketing and Sales functions of the Group’s multiple businesses.
Group Chief Innovation Officer & Chief Architect
Anthony has been with Axiata Group of Companies since 2010 as the Group Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Services Officer of Dialog Axiata. He was appointed Chief Information Officer of Axiata Group in August 2017 and continues as Chief Innovation Officer & Chief Architect of Dialog Axiata.
Prior to joining the Dialog Group, Anthony was the Head of the North America Systems Integration Business for Nokia Siemens Networks. He was responsible for Solution Development, Systems Integration and Business Management of converged Fixed and Wireless solutions for communication service providers in North America. Anthony counts over two decades of experience in Europe, Asia and the Americas in Operations Support Systems/Business Support Solutions and Systems Integration, holding leadership positions at British Telecom, AT&T, Nokia, NSN and Hayleys.
Anthony holds a B.Eng from Kings College London, and an MBA from Regis University Denver, CO. USA. He holds several European and United States Patents in the area of Charging and Speech Recognition technology.
Group Chief Digital Officer
Lasantha assumed duties as the Chief Digital Officer in November 2018, leading the digital transformation programme incepted to reinvent the organisation, and meet the demands of IR 4.0.
Lasantha joined Dialog in 2004 as Manager – Finance Operations and has progressively taken on greater responsibilities, while simultaneously gaining a wide range of experience in the Telecommunications industry through the multiple roles he has held as Head of Finance – Dialog Mobile, General Manager – Group Business Operations, Head of Business – Dialog Mobile and Vice President – Group Corporate Planning and Strategy.
In 2017, Lasantha was seconded to Axiata Group Berhad in Malaysia, where he served as its Head of Strategy.
Prior to joining Dialog, Lasantha has held positions at organisations in the Leisure, Distribution, Shipping, Printing, Software, Consultancy and Audit sectors.
He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (Special) Hons. from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also holds an MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Yap Wai Yip
Group Chief Financial Officer
Yap Wai Yip is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC effective 1st October 2019. In his capacity as the Group Chief Financial Officer, Yap will provide leadership to the portfolios of Group Finance, Group Business Control and Group Facilities Management.
Yap counts over 38 years of experience of which more than 11 years has been in the Telecommunication industry. He joined the Axiata Group Bhd in October 2008 commencing his tenure as the Group Financial Controller, a position that he held until April 2013. In addition to his role as the GFC, Yap was appointed as the Acting Chief Financial Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC from January 2010 until October 2010. Further, he held similar pivotal leadership roles within subsidiaries of Axiata Group, notably as the Chief Financial Officer at Robi Axiata Limited, Bangladesh from April 2013 until October 2016.
In November 2016, Yap once again assumed responsibilities as the Group Financial Controller of Axiata Group Bhd, a position in which he served until he was assigned as the Axiata Director of Special Projects in May 2019.
He holds several memberships from reputed institutes in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretary and Administrators, United Kingdom and holds a Chartered Accountant membership in the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Group Chief Digital Services Officer
Renuka Fernando is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded business leader who has very significant business experience spanning 39 years in the banking sector and with vast expertise in growing and developing banking with a special focus on Digital Banking.
She has been leading Nations Trust Bank PLC (NTB) as the Director/Chief Executive Officer since 2012 and has played a pivotal role in bringing the organization to where it is today. During her stint with NTB she has played many senior leadership roles including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DGM – Retail & Consumer Banking and AGM - Corporate Financial Solutions. Prior to joining NTB, Renuka held the positions of Vice President / Head Global Transactional Services and Head of Consumer Banking at ABN AMRO Bank N.Y, Sri Lanka. She has also worked at Banque Indosuez, Sri Lanka as Manager Corporate Banking and at Nederlandsche Middenstands Bank - Hong Kong.
In addition to playing key leadership roles in the corporate sector, she functions as the Vice President – American Chamber of Commerce and serves as Director for Allied Properties Ltd, Waldock Mackenzie Ltd and Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd.
Renuka is an Associate of the Charted Institute of Bankers, UK and possesses a Higher Diploma in Business Administration (Banking). She has also completed an Advanced Management Program in Harvard Business School.