Presenter Bios

Tom Mitchell, Managing Director – Europe & Global Sponsorship Director, Currency Research
Tom Mitchell, Managing Director - Europe

Tom Mitchell is based in Edinburgh, UK. As Managing Director – Europe, he plays a key role in maintaining Currency Research’s engagement with organisations in both the cash and payments industries across Europe. Drawing on a background of business development, business management and research Tom ensure that the changes, challenges, and interests arising both regionally and globally are well understood and addressed throughout Currency Research’s activities in Europe.

In tandem with this role, Tom is also the Global Sponsor Sales Manager (Premium Global Products) incorporating Currency Conference, Banknote Conference, Central Bank Payments Conference, Cash Cycle Seminars (ICCOS) and Global Payments Summits. This involves a leading role in engaging with established and challenger organisations across the globe to promote market growth and development for their products. This is undertaken in conjunction with each of Currency Research’s regional Managing Directors to ensure the transfer of knowledge from supplier to end-user is scaled from the national/regional level to a global perspective.

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Reading and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Exeter.

Dan Harrison, Vice President, Operations, Currency Research
Dan Harrison, Vice President, Operations, Currency Research

Dan Harrison has 25 years’ experience working in the currency industry. He has held senior management and senior sales roles in a variety of highly regarded multi-national companies including CSI, De La Rue and Prosegur, providing solutions across the cash cycle. Dan has worked closely with central banks, issuing banks/authorities, commercial banks, cash management and logistics companies, casinos, and ATM deployers, as well as small, medium, and large retailers across Europe and the Southeast Asia region.

Dan has led teams working with these organizations to deliver tailored solutions including high-speed automation, medium speed processing systems, cash management software, cash recycling, and self-service solutions. Dan is also experienced in designing and delivering cash management and cash logistics services to the FI and retail sectors.

As VP Operations at Currency Research Dan combines this wealth of experience across the currency industry with his passion for education and learning. He holds a Bachelor's degree of Education and Training from the University of Melbourne; during his studies he was awarded a place on the Dean Honors list. Dan is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and also worked in Europe.

Dr. Ranee Jayamaha, Lead Consultant, World Bank Group & Director, Overseas Realty PLC
Dr. Ranee Jayamaha, Lead Consultant, World Bank Group & Director, Overseas Realty PLC

Dr Ranee Jayamaha is currently the Lead Consultant for South Asia for the World Bank Group and a Director of the Overseas Realty PLC. She holds a: BA (Hons), MSC and D-Univ from University of Stirling and PhD from University of Bradford, UK.

Dr Jayamaha had been the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank from 2004 -2009. She was the Chairperson of the National Payments Council and Hatton National Bank Plc. She has served as Special Advisor (Economic) at the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK and a member of the Working Group on General Payment System Development of the BIS. She has several publications to her credit.

Mr. Ted Devereux, Executive Director, ACMA
Mr. Ted Devereux, Executive Director, ACMA

Ted Devereux currently serves as the Executive Director of the Asian Cash Management Association (ACMA). Ted has over 36 years of experience in the Asia Pacific Region, both through starting and operating his own security businesses and working at a senior management level for multi-national corporations. He is currently the Chairman and co-founder of the Spearpoint Group and is a Non-Executive Director for G4S Cash Management Services in the Philippines and the ASA Group. He was, for many years, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Security Association and was a key member of the committee promoting the introduction of legislation to govern the Security Industry with a focus on improving security standards. Ted is a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and the British Institute of Directors.

Mr. Ajay Michyari, Chief General Manager-in-Charge of Department of Currency Management, Reserve Bank of India
Mr. Ajay Michyari, Chief General Manager-in-Charge of Department of Currency Management, Reserve Bank of India

Ajay Michyari is the Chief General Manager-in-Charge of Department of Currency Management, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai since March 2018. He joined the Reserve Bank of India in the year 1991 as a Gr “B” officer. He has worked at various Regional Offices of the Bank in the areas of currency management, supervision of banks, payment and settlement systems, etc, in different positions. He has also headed two Regional Offices of the Bank.

Mr. Michyari was a part of an IMF Mission on Currency Isssues at Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), Bhutan, in 2016 and has also provided technical assistance to RMA on various matters on currency management, especially with regard to Currency Chest mechanism.

Mr. Asanga Uduwela, DGM Operations, HNB
Mr. Asanga Uduwela, DGM Operations, HNB

Asanga Uduwela is currently the DGM – Operations at HNB and counts over 26 years in the industry. Operations Department under him is controlling large units in the Bank, namely; Centralized Operations, Centralized Credit Administration, Card Operations, Remittances, SWIFT, Centralized Cash, Password Administration and ATM management.

He holds an MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, Sri Jayawardenapura and has a Bsc. (Hons) from the University of Peradeniya.

He is a member of the Bank Technical Advisory Committee (BTAC), which comprises of top management personnel of all major Banks, working closely with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Peradeniya Science Faculty. He acted as the Chairman of the Committee set up by CBSL to minimize cheque usage and to encourage electronic banking.

Mr. Daron Liew, Founder CEO, Transnational Group
Mr. Daron Liew, Founder CEO, Transnational Group

Daron Liew is the founder and CEO of the Transnational Group which have been servicing the banking communities across the region since 1978. He has been instrumental in the development of numerous innovative value-added solutions that have been delivered to the regional marketplaces over the decades.

The Transnational Group of Companies is a Singapore incorporated firm that offers solutions in Cash, Records, Distribution and Mailroom management. Over the past 37 years, the company has grown regionally and currently maintains operations in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Servicing a wide array of banking and non-banking customers.

In conjunction, he was also the founding president of the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) Singapore, which was formed in 1986, by a small group of entrepreneurs committed to create a platform to promote, develop and facilitate the start-up, growth and interest of the small and medium enterprises in Singapore.

Mr. Gopi Natarajan, Deputy Managing Director, G+D Currency Technology, Asia
Mr. Gopi Natarajan, Deputy Managing Director, G+D Currency Technology, Asia

Gopi is an Electronic Engineer and his career started with BRBNMPL (Banknote Printworks in India) a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India in 1996. He has over 22 years’ experience within the currency industry; including printing, processing, automation and operational excellence.

Gopi has been with G+D Currency Technology for 17 years and has had various roles across the Asian region. He established and managed the G+D India operations during his tenure there from 2002 – 2012.

Gopi has been based in Hong Kong since 2012, is the Deputy Managing Director for APAC and is responsible for Operations in the region.

Gopi’s professional interests include working with large teams across diverse geographies, nurturing new talents and striving for Operational excellence.

Johannes Bäckman, Head of MA, Loomis
Johannes Bäckman, Head of MA, Loomis

Johannes Bäckman is Head of M&A at Loomis where he leads Loomis' M&A projects on a global basis.

Johannes joined Loomis in 2015 and started with the acquisition of ViaMat, now Loomis International. Since then, Loomis has added another 380 million USD acquired revenue, mainly core CIT/CMS in Europe & Americas but also investing in cash and payment technology businesses.

Johannes spend 13 years working in Asia prior to joining Loomis, mainly in China.

Johannes holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and a BA in Chinese and Thai.

Mr. Patrik Jonasson, Director Public Policy, Asia – Pacific, GS1 Global
Mr. Patrik Jonasson, Director Public Policy, Asia – Pacific, GS1 Global

Patrik Jonasson manages GS1’s Asia-Pacific regional government affairs, with a specific focus on cross-border trade processes, traceability and supply chain integrity. He is charged with defining and executing regional strategies for external engagements and cooperation. Patrik is working closely with private sector and a number of APEC Governments to further the use of standards to facilitate safety and efficiency in international trade processes across the region.

Patrik speaks and moderates frequently at international conferences and meetings and has represented GS1 at UN, FAO, WCO, World Bank, ADB, RCEP, ASEAN and APEC. During his 15+ years in Asia, Patrik has been based in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Patrik has a Master of Science in Business Administration with Japanese studies from the School of Business, Law & Economics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mrs. Iluminada T. Sicat, Assistant Governor, Regional Operations Sub-sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Mrs. Iluminada T. Sicat, Assistant Governor, Regional Operations Sub-sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Iluminada T. Sicat, is currently Assistant Governor of the Regional Operations Sub-sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. She oversees the overall operations, policy and program implementation, process improvements, clean note policy, and maintenance of integrity of the Philippine currency in all 22 BSP regional currency units. She was a member of the Currency Management and the Numismatic Committees, in-charge of recommending policies and initiatives to enhance currency management, and improve currency design and security features. She is a graduate of B.S. Statistics at the University of the Philippines and Master of International Affairs (Economic Policy Management) at Columbia University.

Rajiv Kaul, Executive Vice Chairman CEO of CMS Info Systems Limited
Rajiv Kaul, Executive Vice Chairman CEO of CMS Info Systems Limited

Rajiv Kaul, is the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of CMS Info Systems Limited (“CMS”). CMS’ mission is to maximize velocity of cash in the Indian economy, making it reach the furthest corners of the country at the lowest cost possible.

CMS is India’s largest Cash Management & Payment Solutions firm and the world’s fifth largest ATM cash management company with over 20,000 employees, earning the Company the recognition of being one of the most productive employment generators among emerging companies. (BT-Yes Bank Awards – 2014)

Rajiv has led CMS’ transformation into a payments solutions company that in FY19 alone processed and managed more than $100 Bn in cash.

Prior to CMS, Rajiv was a Partner at Actis Capital in their London office. Before joining Actis, Rajiv spent a decade with Microsoft Corporation, in various leadership roles in India and the U.S., including Country Manager and Managing Director, India and Senior Director of Emerging Markets including BRIC.

Under Rajiv’s leadership, CMS successfully and proactively supported implementation of Government of India’s Demonetisation initiative – both for evacuation of old currency as well as rapid replenishment of new currency to minimize disruptions for people and businesses. Subsequently, Rajiv served on RBI’s Committee for Currency Movement, which was constituted post Demonetisation to review and recommend new guidelines for currency management in India.

Rajiv is a member of the General Council of Birla Institute of Technology and a member of the Management Committee of Confederation of ATM Industry (“CATMI”). Rajiv has also served as an elected member to the NASSCOM Executive Council and CII National Council.

Rajiv has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from XLRI, Jamshedpur, with a Gold Medal in Marketing. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.

David Hensley, Director, Enryo Ltd
David Hensley, Director, Enryo Ltd

David is the founding Director of Enryo Ltd. which launched in 2019. Enryo Ltd. offer risk and resilience management services to support their clients plans to model the impact of changes in the payments and technology landscape. Prior to this David has over 30 years' experience working in financial services.
Having spent 25 years in senior management roles with Santander covering business transformation, operations and customer services David moved to become the Director of Cash Services UK, the membership organisation responsible for the collaborative aspects of wholesale cash management. Alongside these roles David has also held independent non-executive positions with two of leading financial services providers (Link & BACS) and more recently was a member of the UK review into Access to Cash ("is Britain ready to go cashless?).

Mr. Sandun Hapugoda, Head of Digital Payments, Mastercard
Mr. Sandun Hapugoda, Head of Digital Payments, Mastercard

Mr. Sandun Hapugoda has over 16 years of experience in Banking, currently work as the Head of Digital Payments in Sri Lanka and Maldives for Mastercard. Prior to joining Mastercard Sandun was the Head of Payments & Cash Management for Hatton National Bank. He has also led the digital banking team at the Bank earlier. Prior to joining HNB he has played managerial roles at Amana Bank, ICICI Bank Sri Lanka and Sampath Bank in different areas such as Information Security & Risk, IT management and Card Operations.

Sandun holds a B.Sc. honors degree in Information Technology from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) from Staffordshire University, UK.

Kanishka Weeramunda, Founder of PayMedia and DirectPay
Kanishka Weeramunda, Founder of PayMedia and DirectPay

With over 17 years of experience in ICT and 5 years in the financial technology domain and eco-system support, Kanishka Weeramunda is the Founder and CEO of PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd, while he is also the Co-Founder and Director of DirectPay (Pvt) Ltd.

For Kanishka’s immense contribution towards the Sri Lankan IT industry, he was awarded the 'Most Valuable ICT Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the National Business Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) in 2015 and went on to bag two more awards in the year 2018 for 'Best CEO of the year' and 'Future Leader of the Year’ at the CMI Management Excellence Award.

One of the highlights in Kanishka’s professional life was receiving the CSSL ICT Leader of the Year 2018 award by his Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena and the same year to be named the ICT Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 at the National Business Quality Software Awards. Kanishka’s hard work really paid off when his startup took part in the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2018 in China and won a Gold award for Sri Lanka.

His success is built by his outstanding results and experience in many diverse areas and working for a number of multi-national companies. He is a trainer for the EU – Sri Lanka trade related assistance, organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and UNIDO. He has been a mentor for many successful start-ups and had been the coach for the world’s 8th and 5th student entrepreneur at the Global Students Entrepreneurship Awards 2015 and 2016.

He passionately contributes towards building the start-up and entrepreneurial eco system in the country as well as in the Asia Pacific region. He is an alumni of MIT Global Startup Labs and also a scholar of Global Connect Program hosted by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He is not only known in the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem as the Techstars Community Leader but is well recognized as a thought leader in the fin-tech industry. He is a graduate from the University of Colombo in Bachelors of Information Technology, holds an MBA and an MSc in HR and chartered IT professional from the institute of Chartered IT professionals in UK.

Matthias Roehrich
Matthias Roehrich, President Director of Giesecke + Devrient Indonesia and Vice President Marketing & Sales, G+D Asia Pacific

Matthias Roehrich is the President Director of Giesecke + Devrient Indonesia and Vice President Marketing & Sales in G+D Asia Pacific . Prior to joining G+D Asia Pacific in 2013, he headed the Government Solutions Sales & Operations (Asia, Middle East and Africa) division of Giesecke + Devrient FZE Dubai.Matthias joined Giesecke + Devrient Munich in 2000 as Regional Director Banknote + Security Printing in Asia and later Africa.Matthias graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan
Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Managing Director, SBP BSC

Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan is presently serving as the Managing Director of SBP Banking Services Corporation (SBP BSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), central bank of the country. Mr. Khan joined SBP in 1988 and during his distinguished career, he has held several positions in core functions of SBP including as Executive Director, Banking Policy & Regulations and Development Finance Groups. Prior to being appointed as the Managing Director SBP BSC, Mr. Khan was serving as the CEO of Export Import Bank of Pakistan (EXIM Bank).

In addition, he has represented SBP in various high-level policy-making forums (local and international) dealing with bilateral institutions vis-à-vis IMF, IDB, IDB, World Bank, DFID, USAID, IFC, etc. on various spectrums. He is currently on the Board of Directors of SBP BSC, National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF) and Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC).

Mr. Khan’s career achievements include his advisory position in Banking Policy at the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA), KSA. Besides, he was the Deputy Negotiator for establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in China. He was also involved in the development of National Payment Systems Strategy and liaising with legislative bodies for amendments to banking laws. Further, he has remained involved in designing policy initiatives for the development of industry and exports from Pakistan.

As Managing Director of SBP BSC, he is responsible for the management and supervision of strategic as well as the day-to-day operations, which include Currency & Foreign Exchange Operations, Public Debt Management and Development Finance initiatives. At present, he is spearheading the Currency Management Strategy for the introduction of automated currency processing at both the Central Bank as well as commercial banks across the country. Mr. Khan is also heading a development initiative to promote financial literacy and inclusion amongst unbanked/underbanked individuals as part of SBP’s strategic initiatives for long-term economic growth of the country.

Mr. Khan holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Sindh, Pakistan and a Diploma in Banking (DAIBP) from the Institute of Bankers, Pakistan.

Tamara Wijesuriya
Tamara Wijesuriya, Superintendent of Currency, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Tamara Wijesuriya heads the Department of Currency of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. She leads the teams responsible for currency issue and management, which covers procurement of notes and coins, machinery and related equipment, policy formulation, currency operations, combating counterfeiting including conducting public awareness programmes. Further, she has been actively involved in upgrading currency operational practices and systems for efficient currency management.

Tamara joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1991. During her career in the Bank, she has held various senior positions such as Economic Research, Public Debt, and as Head of the Regional Office Monitoring and the Centre for Banking Studies.

Tamara holds a BSc degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Masters Degree in International Economics from University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

Channa de Silva
Channa de Silva, Chief Executive Officer, LankaClear

Well known ICT industry veteran Channa de Silva took reins as the General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer of LankaClear in December 2015. He brings with him over 25 years’ of experience encompassing a spectrum of industries and had served in several leading multinational and local organizations as well.

Mr. de Silva went down in history by becoming Sri Lanka’s first ever webmaster with the development of Sri Lanka’s first commercial web site http://www.lanka.net/ (1994) and he was also the engineer responsible for the establishment of the first-ever dedicated Internet connection in Sri Lanka back in 1995. Some of the major projects implemented under his leadership include the first online newspaper in the South Asia region (Daily News in 1995); first radio station on-line (TNL Radio in 1996) and first ever Wi-Fi network in the country. As a member of the local language workgroup of Sri Lanka, he contributed immensely towards enabling people to use technology in local languages and played a pivotal role in launching a Language Interface Pack in Sinhala and Tamil languages for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in 2007.

Prior to joining LankaClear he headed the Sri Lankan and Maldivian operations of Singapore based ICT consultancy - Thakral One as the Senior Vice President. During his stint at IBM Sri Lanka as the DGM – Software Group, he was orchestral in introducing IBM’s software universe to Sri Lanka and taking IBM’s software business to new heights. Mr. de Silva also served as the Director - Enterprise Business and Public Sector at Microsoft Sri Lanka where he led the company through an unprecedented growth. His outstanding achievements at Microsoft were receiving Microsoft Gold Club Excellence Award for exceptional performance and the Microsoft Share Fighter Champion award for winning against competition.

An Old boy of Royal College Colombo, Mr. de Silva obtained his BSc. (Honours) and MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the State University of New York, USA specialized in Data Communication. He also holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) Sri Lanka and the distinguished membership at the IEEE (USA), Tau Beta Pai (USA), Eta Kappa Nu (USA) and Golden Key (USA) for academic excellence.

Vasantha Alwis
Vasantha Alwis, Director, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Vasantha Alwis is the Director of the Information Technology Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

He started the career in the Central Bank in 1997 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology.

He is responsible for implementing and maintaining ICT infrastructure, Cyber Security and the availability of the ICT infrastructure to ensure business continuity.

He also has an excellent track record in the Central Bank by delivering key IT Projects.

Mr. Ben Thorpe, Managing Director Asia Pacific, GLORY
Mr. Ben Thorpe, Managing Director Asia Pacific, GLORY

Ben is responsible for Glory’s commercial activities across Asia Pacific with offices in eight countries and partners in more than 15 other countries in Asia. He is charged with driving the growth of the Glory business in Asia and has more than 20 years of experience managing the introduction, usage and support cash automation solutions across the region.

Ben currently lives in Singapore and has previously been based in Malaysia, Australia and China. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cambridge University and a Master’s Degree from Macquarie University.

Mr. D Kumaratunge, Director, Payments & Settlements, Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Mr. D Kumaratunge, Director, Payments & Settlements, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

D Kumaratunge is the Director, Payments & Settlements in Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). He joined the Central bank as an Assistant Director in 1991. More than 28 years’ experience in Central Banking and worked in several departments in different position including Economic Research and Information Technology Department. He was worked as a part time Lecturer at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology from 2002 – 2004 and Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

He obtained his MA in Economics from the University of Essex - UK, MSc in Information Technology from the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) Sri Lanka, Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Essex - UK, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology in the University of Colombo and B. Com (Hons) from the University of Peradeniya.

As the Director of the Payments & Settlements of the CBSL he works as Country Director of the SAARC Payment Council (SPC), Alternate Country Director of Sri Lanka in Asian Clearing Union (ACU), Alternate Country Director of SWFIT Alliance, Board Member of Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd, Member of the National Transit Card Implementation Project, Secretary of the National Payment Council which is the highest decision making body of the Payment system of Sri Lanka, Team Leader of the Bank of Korea, Knowledge Partnership Programme on Payment Systems 2019, Committee Member of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation Iran-Sri Lanka Trade Delegation, Member of the Public-Private Dialog on E-commerce Reform & also a Member of the Research Panel of International Labour Organization (ILO).

Kumaratunge worked as committee members of the various government institutions such as Ministry Policy and Planning, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of State Resources and Enterprise Development, Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations, Ministry of Higher Education and Department of Commerce.

He is a member of Economic Association of Sri Lanka & Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL). Before joined CBSL he worked in the KPMG (Chartered Accountants) in Sri Lanka & Co-oeprative Wholesale Establishment as a Manager.

Mr. Anush Raghavan, Vice President, CMS Info Systems
Mr. Anush Raghavan, Vice President, CMS Info Systems

Anush Raghavan, is the Vice President at CMS Infosystems, whose mission is “Connecting commerce between financial institutions, industry, merchants and consumers to drive financial inclusion”.

CMS is India’s largest Cash Management & Payment Solutions firm handling.45% share of the Indian CIT market and the world’s fifth largest ATM cash management company. It’s network covers more than 105,000 ATMs and retail points in India. The company has expanded its service network to cover more than 98% of all the districts in India, reaching remote rural corners and border towns. CMS is also among India’s largest ATM deployment, Software and SLM services company, across 45,000 installations.

Anush has been with the CMS since 2009 and leads the Sales, Finance and Risk Management functions for the Cash Business.

He has also played a key role in engaging across Governmental and Regulatory stakeholders to formulate regulations for the ATM and Cash Industry. Anush is the President of the Cash Logistics Association of India (CLA), an industry group which represents >90% of CITs in India and also the President for Currency Cycle Association (CCA), a self-regulatory organization for the cash management ecosystem in the country.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and is a graduate in Law.