Board of Directors & Group Management Committee
Dr. M.P. Dissanayake
Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC, with effect from 15th March 2019. Prior to this appointment he was Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development. He was appointed as the first non-British International President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers U.K. founded in 1911 and Royal Charter conferred in 1920.
Dr. Dissanayake has also held positions in the past that include, Chairman – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (two stints), Chairman – Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Sri Lanka), Board Director Urban Development Authority and Board Director of Ceylon Shipping Corporation. During the period June 2004 to May 2017 he served as a Director of Aitken Spence PLC and the Chairman & CEO of its Maritime and Logistics sector.
Dr. Dissanayake is an Alumni of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, NORAD, JICA, Business Alumni of the University of Oxford (UK) and a Fellow of Harvard Business School (EEP).
He is also Chairman of Elpitiya Plantations PLC, Hon. Consul General of Fiji Islands and serves as a Professor in Maritime Studies (visiting) at Shanghai Maritime University and Dalian Maritime University.