THOMAS PONNIAH (Chief Executive Officer)
Thomas is an experienced, committed and proficient microfinance banking expert with over 25 years of experience setting up microfinance banking structures, achieving steady organic growth for finance companies, increasing revenue, establishing finance and operational processes especially in challenging business landscapes in Africa and Asia. He has a strong conceptual ability acquired from over 16 years of generating ideas that increase profitability.
He started his career in Seylan bank Limited, joined the LOLC group in 2003 as a Marketing Executive; he then rose to the post of Branch Manager, Cluster Head, and Regional Manager. He started as the Pioneer General Manger of Fina Trust in 2019 and then became the Chief Executive Officer in 2022. He has steadily steered the ship of Fina Trust by assisting to increase the Bank’s visibility, expand clientele base, and support the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
He has attended various professional development training within and outside Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He is a chartered microfinance practitioner in Nigeria having obtained the Microfinance Certification Program licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
MOSES BIODUN LONGE
MOSES BIODUN LONGE
Head, Internal Control and Compliance
Longe, Moses Biodun is a graduate of Banking & Finance, an Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria (ACIB) and holder of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Obafemi Awolowo University, with specialization in General Management. He has an extensive and encompassing Banking and Finance exposures spanning more than twenty (20) years.
His broad exposures includes but not limited to Bank Audit, Internal Control and Compliance, Banking Operations, Credit Review and Marketing, Customers Service & Relationship Management, Products Programs Review and Management, Policies and Processes Reviews, SMEIs and Business Consulting, Auditing of ICT Retail Businesses, Commercial/ Microfinance Bank Control, Audit and Compliance Management.
Over the span of his career, he has been engaged with five (5) leading Financial Institutions in Nigeria, Consulting Firm and ICT Retail Business. With his wealth of skills. He critically challenges old assumptions by proffering quality refinements to Policies, Processes, Products, People and Strategies.
Head of Legal & Company Secretary
Busola is an enthusiastic and committed legal professional who possesses a genuine interest and understanding of Commercial & Business law. She is constantly focused on using her analytical abilities to resolve legal and complex issues, and always looking for ways to improve and evolve processes. She has experience in corporate- commercial law, contract law, labour law, business ethics, due diligence transactions and Company law
Olubusola is a graduate of law from the University of Ibadan, where she obtained her LL.B and proceeded to University of Dundee and Universite de Cergy –Pontoise where she obtained a master degree in international Commercial law and Law and Business ethics respectively. Busola is currently the Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Fina Trust Microfinance Bank.
FATIMA ALI MAIDUGU
FATIMA ALI MAIDUGU
Head, Human Resources
Fatima is a highly dedicated and committed Human resource professional who strives for organisational excellence; she has over a decade work experience, with 5 years’ essential skills in Human Management, particularly with a keen interest in staff development, coaching and all round Human Resources practices.
Fatima has a Master’s degree in Human Anatomy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and she possesses several certifications. Prior to her current role, she was the Assistant Manager, Recruitment, Learning and Development at Baobab MFB. She currently serves as the Head of Human Resources Department at Fina Trust Microfinance Bank.
Head, Information Technology & Innovation
Moses Idehen possesses a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Lagos, and a B.Sc. Hons in Computer Science from the University of Benin. He is a PMI certified Project Manager (PMP), COBIT 5 certified IT Governance expert and a Microfinance Certified Professional (MCP) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Also, he holds professional certifications from Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN) and the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).
Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Information Technology at Letshego Microfinance Bank Ltd, Head of Information Technology at FBN MFB, a fully owned subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc., Team-Lead, Systems/Database administration at LAPO Microfinance Bank Ltd. He had a stint in the IT sector before joining the banking industry.
Buddhika Rathnayaka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cardiff Metropolitan UK, and a Diploma in Marketing from the London Chamber of Commerce Industries UK.
A professional in the Banking and Finance industries with over 22 years of experience. Skilled in Product Development, System Development, Relationship Management, Portfolio Management and enormously experience in Receivable Finance/Invoice Discounting. He also vastly experience in banking operations and IT system auditing and quality checking on IT-related developments in the banking systems.
He represents LOLC Sri Lanka, the largest non-banking financial institution in Sri Lanka with a significant presence in South Asia, South East Asia and Africa. The company has a strong focus on Microfinance.
Chief Finance Officer
Nishan Pemakumara has over 12 Years of experience in Financial Management, Auditing, Budgeting Compliances and Business analytics with proven track record of improving financial performance, reducing cost, and driving growth.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and an Associate member of Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. Also, he is a Registered Accountant of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
CHANDIMA DE SILVA
CHANDIMA DE SILVA
Head, Strategy and Growth
Chandima De Silva is a well experienced professional in the Banking and Finance sector with 25 years of overall experience, of which he has over 13 years in the senior management with an unblemished track record.
Chandima has expertise in SME, Microfinance and Insurance industries in the lines of Channel development and Management, Credit Risk, Business Development, Product Development, Strategic and Operational Leadership.
Chandima holds a Diploma in Microfinance and Livelihood Development and Credit Management conducted by College of Banking and Finance at Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. Further, he has completed the Executive Development Programme specially designed intensive programme focused at enhancing business and leadership skills of the executives who aspire for senior leadership positions conducted by the Colombo school of business and management at the CSBM corporate campus in Sri Lanka.