Amal is an alumni of the London School of Economics, and is a CFA® charterholder. He previously worked at Jardine Fleming HNB Securities Sri Lanka as Head of Research. Following the takeover of Jardine Fleming by JP Morgan Chase he was transferred to Singapore where he led JP Morgan’s Asia Pacific ADR research and also managed the research of Hong Kong based Access Products Group.
Amal founded Frontier Research in 2001 with a vision of creating a firm that does great work whilst offering a choice driven culture to its employees.
Travis currently manages Frontier’s news curation products which is responsible for the delivery of Frontier’s brand of business-friendly & time efficient newsletters and other information products. He manages a team of news curators who work remotely and are responsible for the compilation and dissemination of ‘Time Twister’; Frontier’s flagship daily newsletter specializing in Economic and Finance news in Sri Lanka for which Travis was instrumental in its creation. Travis also plays a role in initiating and building business relationships with the management of various firms and has been sent to visit foreign clients in Singapore on behalf of Frontier Research. In addition, Travis is responsible for leading Frontier’s Real Estate Research Service which is Frontier’s latest line of research.
He is also a member of the academic staff of a number of education institutes where he lectures undergraduate students in the subjects of Economics and Finance and is also the Co-Chair of the CFA Society Sri Lanka’s Candidate Council. Travis likes to read historical fiction, high fantasy, graphic novels and listens to classical music. He also enjoys going on history walks and exploring museums and art galleries.
Trisha currently heads Economic Research services at Frontier and plays a key role in the development of Frontier's macroeconomic views while handling the overall coordination of much of Frontier's economic reports and presentations catering to senior level management. While overseeing her 5-member team of research analysts, she also plays an instrumental role in providing short term trading calls of local government securities through the Trader’s Edge report series. Additionally, she leads the initiative to ensure all of Frontier’s products fully meet and fit Frontier’s brand promise of being time efficient and business friendly.
She has contributed to discussion papers released by the Advocata Institute on the subject of price controls in Sri Lanka among other working papers by recognized institutions on the export industry, while more recently providing her insights on Nielsen Sri Lanka's Annual Review. Trisha also contributes her economic insights to articles featured Wall Street Journal, Nasdaq news, Reuters and Echelon while expanding her presence to TV media.
Nimesha currently heads the Sector Research team at Frontier Research and oversees the strategic direction and growth of the team . A key responsibility of hers is the successful delivery of regular reports on selected sectors, as well as making sector-based presentations catering to senior level management teams of Frontier’s clients. She also plays a key support role to the CEO in developing and disseminating the ‘Equity Strategy Perspectives’ report series, which provides varied perspectives on the local equity market with an emphasis on the direction of the market for asset allocation decisions. Her leadership role expands to the Business Development arm of Frontier Research where she is jointly responsible for acquiring, managing and retaining clients.
Nimesha has been featured in the media on a few occasions and has made tv appearances on Channel eye’s ‘Business today’ programme and TV1’s ‘Biz1st – In Focus’ programme. She has also acted as the moderator on two panels featuring business leaders, economists and sector specialists.
Umar is currently a Technology Innovator at Frontier, leading Frontier’s software development projects.
He initially worked in the Economic Research Team, where he conducted analyses on Economic data and contributed to presentations and many written reports, including Frontier’s flagship Economic Monthly report. While working as an Economic analyst, he developed an interest in Frontier’s Software Development effort. Now, having self-learnt software development over the last few years, he is involved in streamlining various processes at Frontier to make them more
efficient and effective, as well as leveraging his understanding of economic research to explore ways machine learning and AI can be applied to Economic Forecasts
His most recent work involves managing the software team at Frontier and leading our work with consultants on AI projects. His past technological developments include Time Twister Online – an online version of Frontier’s flagship, daily newsletter – and developing a custom CRM for Frontier, as well as conceptualizing and directly overlooking development of systems to deliver our work to clients online.
Umar recently appeared as a panelist at a discussion on Data Analytics, hosted by the Royal Institute of Colombo.
Thilina Panduwawala is currently a Senior Product Lead in the Economics team at Frontier Research, working on varied macroeconomic analysis including providing LKR and interest rates views to top level management. Thilina was instrumental in incorporating his understanding of politics into Frontier’s views, which has become a core part of the firm’s outlook on the economy.
He has extended this passion beyond Frontier, working on analysis of State-owned Enterprises and the 2018 Local Government Election results for external parties. He has also built a presence on media providing his views on articles in Echelon and The Morning. He has also served as a moderator for discussions on Economy.lk conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015 he was selected to represent Sri Lanka as a UN Youth Delegate at the 70th UNGA in New York, which marked the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He also currently lectures International Political Economy at the Royal Institute of Colombo.
Anshari is a Senior Product Lead at Frontier Research with roles in both Frontier’s Economic and Sector Research teams. She is responsible for macro-economic forecasting, which is critical in developing overall macro economic views, while taking the lead role in Frontier’s banking sector related products. She often delivers presentations catering to top management of firms on these key areas of work. Anshari has also been featured on LMD’s ‘Benchmark’ business program, which discussed her views on the Banking sector.
Anshari joined Frontier with prior experience in the banking industry, having worked previously as a Deputy Manager at the Corporate Banking Unit of Nations Trust Bank. She has also completed all three levels of the CFA program.
She loves to get lost in anything to do with art and creativity and likes to play with graphic design when she has free time.
Chayu is currently an Associate at Frontier Research and works with the Economics team. He plays a key role in the work surrounding consumer demand and sales patterns in Sri Lanka along with the impact of global markets on the Sri Lankan economy. He also takes a role in the development of Frontier's views on interest rates and the LKR. He is also involved in communicating Frontier’s work through video channels. He has also been featured on LMD's 'Benchmark' business programme and Channel Eye's 'Business Today' programme on specific economic trends and global impacts on Sri Lanka.
Prior to working at Frontier, he was a part of the research teams at the Advocata Institute and the Green Movement of Sri Lanka