Board of Directors
Mr..N.J. de Silva Deva Aditya
Mr. Niranjan Deva Aditya, who was appointed to the board of Aitken Spence PLC., in September 2006, is an aeronautical engineer, scientist and economist, is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament elected from the SE England. He is the Vice President of the Development Committee; ECR Co-ordinator and Conservative Spokesman for Overseas’ Development and Co-operation. He was the Co Leader of the Parliamentary Delegation to the UN World Summit and General Assembly 2006, Chairman Working Group A of Development Committee overseeing Asia, Central Asia and Far East; – Co Co-ordinator Assembly of 79 Parliaments of the EU-ACP 2004 and the President EU India Chamber of Commerce from 2005. In 2012 he stood for and came runner up, beating the Liberal candidate into 3rd place to be the President (Speaker) to the European Parliament. He was the first Asian to be elected as a Conservative Member of British Parliament, first Asian MP to serve in the British Government as PPS in the Scottish Office and first Asian born MP to be elected to the European Parliament. He was nominated as a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as Secretary General to the UN in 2006. He is a Hon. Ambassador without portfolio for Sri Lanka; the first Asian to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, representing The Queen on official occasions since 1985; awarded the honour “ViswaKirthi Sri Lanka Abhimani“ by the Buddhist Clergy for his Services to Sri Lanka and given the Knighthood with Merit of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of St. George for his global work on poverty eradication. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (Est: 1765).