Who We Are

Our Values

Our leadership make us different, counting numerous decades in experience and versatility across numerous financial sector companies. We’re passionate about making a measurable difference in our client’s lives and portfolios as one of the leading corporate finance firms in Sri Lanka. We believe in demonstrating a “one team, one dream” attitude and are led by our team across Dubai and Sri Lanka.

Board of Directors

Rajiv Dvivedi
Rajiv Dvivedi
Group Director
  • Over 36 years of experience in the global finance industry working with Citigroup;
  • Has held several positions as a part of the Citigroup of companies which include, Head of Gulf Financial Institutions, Corporate Banking and Senior Credit Officer
  • Responsible for a portfolio worth US$ 11bn in the Middle East and North Africa as a part of Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank
  • Serves on several boards including Accordion Partners (New York), China Risk Finance (China), Shanghai Harvest Network Technology (China) and Eagle Investments Limited (Dubai)
  • Holds a Masters in Finance from the Long Island University
Sharon D’Souza
Sharon D’Souza
Group Director
  • Over 20 years of experience in the finance industry working with Citibank and Eagle Proprietary Investments Limited, out of which over 14 years have been in Citibank
  • Played a lead role as part of the Senior Management that started and built the Citibank Kuwait Franchise
  • Responsible for setting up Eagle Proprietary Investments Limited in 2008 in the DIFC in Dubai, UAE and Managed the company as its Chief Operating Officer
  • Diverse experience range from compliance, Risk Administration, Operation Management, Business Systems and Technology Management
  • Holds a Bachelor of Commerce in financial Accounting from Bombay University and holds an ICA International diploma in compliance awarded in association with the University of Manchester, Business School
Ravi Abeysuriya, CFA
Ravi Abeysuriya, CFA
Group Director
  • Over 25 years of extensive experience in top management positions working with Candor Asset Management, Hayleys Group, Amba Research, Fitch Ratings and JP Morgan
  • Responsible for establishing highly successful companies such as Fitch Ratings Lanka and Amba Research (recently acquired by Moody’s) in Sri Lanka
  • Diverse experience into private equity investments, investment banking, credit rating and investment research outsourcing
  • He was appointed twice as a commission member of the Securities & Exchange commission of Sri Lanka
  • Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Sri Lanka’s Largest Insurance company Chairman of Investment Committee (responsible for managing a Rs.60 billion Equity & Fixed Income Portfolio)
  • Holds a MBA from Monash University, Australia, Fellow Member of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, UK and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – of CFA Institute, USA

Senior Executives

Shazil Ismail
Shazil Ismail
Group Chief Operating Officer
  • Over 14 years of broad industrial and service sector experience, backed by multi-disciplinary capabilities in Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, IT and Operations working with Ernst & Young, Brandix and Bharti Airtel Lanka
  • Shazil holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colombo and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA). He is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants-UK (ACMA, CGMA) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing – UK (ACIM, Dip.M )
  • With over 13 years of lecturing experience both locally and overseas for professional exams such as CIMA, ACCA and ABE
Priyani Anoja De Silva
Priyani Anoja De Silva
Manager Legal and Compliance - Candor Group
  •  Enrolled as an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court in 1997 and is a life member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
  • Over 20 years experience in the fields of Commercial / Civil and Criminal Law.
  • Prior to joining Candor, was employed at several places as the Legal Adviser / Consultant relating to real estate, construction, housing and interior designing related companies such as Fine Furniture (Pvt) Ltd, Kelsey Homes Development, A S P Constructions (Pvt) Ltd etc. where she worked hand in hand with latest high rise condominium apartments such as Clearpoint, Destiny, Shangri-La etc.
  • Was a Director at Asiana Group, an NGO relating to child care development and has worked with several relief programs during the tsunami period by designing and carrying out many projects and programs in the Country.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of Colombo.
  • A Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths and a Registered Company Secretary with the Registrar of Companies in Sri Lanka.
Ravi Amarasinghe
Ravi Amarasinghe
Chief Investment Officer - Candor Asset Management (Pvt) Limited
  • Over 16 years of experience in Capital Markets working with Candor Asset Management, National Asset Management Limited (NAMAL) and Bartleet Mallory Stock Brokers
  • Responsible for setting up the Fund Management arm of the Candor Group
  • Fund Manager of Sri Lanka’s first listed Equity Fund, Money Market Fund and Shariah Compliant Fund
  • Experience in managing unit trust funds, provident funds and close ended fixed income funds
  • The Shariah-Compliant Fund managed under him beat 299 Shariah Funds around the world to emerge as the best performing fund in the year 2010
  • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is a CFA Charter holder
Mohammed Riyas
Mohammed Riyas
Director Sales - Candor Equities Limited
  • With a stockbroking career spanning over 21 years, was instrumental in bringing Heraymila Investments to Sri Lanka and in the subsequent formation of Heraymila Securities Ltd
  • Was the Director (Sales & Business Development) at Amana Securities Ltd, before its acquisition by Heraymila Investments
  • Was the Assistant General Manager at Lanka Orix Securities Ltd, a local brokerage Company
  • Holds diplomas in Computer Programming, System Analysis and Design, and Micro Computer Technology from City and Guilds of London Institute, UK
Pasindu Perera - Candor Equities Limited
Pasindu Perera - Candor Equities Limited
Head of Research
  • With over 13 years experience, primarily in banking & finance, working for Asha Phillip Securities Ltd, Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC, Seylan Merchant Bank PLC and Hatton National Bank PLC
  • Experienced in handling Investment Banking transactions and was involved in the Corporate Restructuring Plans of Asha Phillip Securities Ltd
  • Initiated and spearheaded the setting up of Margin Trading operations for a incorporated subsidiary, Asha Financial Services Ltd
  • Senior Lecture in Banking & Finance for University of London B.Sc international programs, Advance Financial Management (P4) for ACCA (UK)
  • Resource person for various investor forums organized by Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and was one of the speakers on stock market performance for the “Prathilaba” investor educational television program sponsored by Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Holds a B Sc. Human Resource Management (Special) from University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) & Associate Member of Certified Management Accountants (SL)