Our Team

Amal Sanderatne, CFA
Founder & CEO

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.

Trisha Peries, CFA
Head of Economic Research

Trisha currently functions as the Head of Economic Research services at Frontier, playing a key role in the development of its macroeconomic views catering to many of Sri Lanka's largest listed conglomerates, private equity funds, investment banks. She plays a key role in providing and executing strategic business decisions for the firm as well as leading initiatives to develop new opportunities within the economic product portfolio. 

Trisha also functions as a Non-Executive Director at Hela Apparel Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and is also on the Board of trustees to the CEPA Development Fund.

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.

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. She is also regularly featured in the media with her economic insights featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Asia, Reuters and Echelon among others.

Nimesha Jayakody
Head of Sector Research & Special Projects

Nimesha currently heads the Sector Research & Special Projects team at Frontier Research and oversees the strategic direction and growth of the team. She is responsible for managing reports on selected sectors, with expertise on the Banking & Finance sectors and regularly presenting her views and insights on these sectors catered to the senior level management of Frontier’s clients. She is responsible for leading the effort on client-directed projects, working with local and foreign clients to frame their sector and investment-related publications.

She also leads the research on thematic Equity reports, which is a core part of our ‘Equity Strategy Perspectives’ report series, giving perspectives on the local equity market.

Nimesha has regularly been featured in the media including features on Channel Eye’s ‘Business today’ programme and TV1’s ‘Biz1st – In Focus’ programme. She has also acted as the moderator on panels featuring prominent business leaders, leading economists and sector specialists.

Thanuri Thalagala
Head of Business Development

Thanuri leads business development and operations at Frontier, including client management, business growth, financial planning and budgeting. She graduated with a BBA(Hons.) Finance degree. She is a CIMA Passed Finalist and has passed CFA Level 1. 

She likes to relax with a good book on the beach or even just at home and prefers to end the day by spending time with her family. She’s also passionate about travel, preferring to go to “any place adventurous”, especially Jungle Safaris!

Anshari Perera, CFA
Product Head - Economic and Sector Research

Anshari is responsible for the macro-economic forecasting function at Frontier, while also taking the lead role in the delivery of Frontier’s banking sector research. She also plays a key support role in the firm's strategic and operational functions. She delivers presentations catering to the management of leading corporates and businesses 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 and the economy.

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 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 Damsinghe
Product Head - Macroeconomic and Thematic Research

Chayu is currently a Product Head at Frontier Research and works primarily with the Economics team. He plays a leading role in helping Frontier understand the Covid-19 pandemic and other black swan risks, and tying those into the macroeconomic stories of the country and takes a role in in the development of Frontier's views on interest rates and the LKR and takes a key role in the presentation of content to Frontier's clients. He also leads work surrounding consumer demand and sales patterns in Sri Lanka along with the impact of global markets on the Sri Lankan economy.

He has 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.

Chayu also acts as an Executive Director for DaddysLanka (Pvt) Ltd, a family-run institute working in the field of special needs and mental health care.

Promodhya Abesekara
Product Lead

Promodhya is currently a Product Lead at Frontier Research and works with the Economics team. She is responsible for inflation forecasting, as well as for quarterly economic reports. She plays a key role in the work surrounding Frontier’s main curated products including the ‘Time Twister’ and the daily ‘Global Customized Summary’ as well as in communicating Frontier’s work through videos. She also takes a role in the development of Frontier's views on interest rates and the LKR. 

She has also been featured on Channel Eye's 'Business Today' programme on specific economic trends and global impacts on Sri Lanka.

Prior to working at Frontier, she has spent close to 2 years as an audit associate at Delloitte Sri Lanka specializing in internal audits.

Her passion for knowledge resulted in her spending most of her free time learning a new language or a skill. She strongly believes that a book can take a person to a different world and spends her time travelling those worlds as a get-away from any kind of a day.

Malitha Goonaratne
Product Lead

Malitha currently functions as a Product Lead and plays a key role in the preparation of Frontier's banking and finance reports and contributes to the formulation of Frontier's forecasts for the banking sector and our equity strategy view.

He also manages Frontier’s news curation products and 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 the ‘Time Twister’; Frontier’s flagship daily newsletter specializing in Economic and Finance news in Sri Lanka.

Prior to working at Frontier, he worked as a research intern at The Institute of Policy Studies.

Ithara Silva

Ithara is currently in the process of completing her undergraduate degree in Economics and Management from the University of London. She has completed the Operational Level of CIMA and is about to sit for the Management Level Examinations. She was the Secretary of the Interact Club in her school which was involved with various community service activities.

Ithara loves the idea of catching up with the many TV shows she keeps up with after work but also spends her time trying to bake all sorts of dishes. She plans to travel through Europe and visit as many places as she can one day.

Fazeela Nizam
Junior Software Developer

Fazeela graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka (RUSL). As an IEEE Student Member, she’d been volunteering for IEEE SLInspire in its Secretarial Committee, while being an active member in the RUSL chapter of IEEE Student Branches.

She’s very much into indie and art-house films though she finds it hard to go a day without her pop-music dose. Her idea of relaxation happens to be de-cluttering after a day of work, and moving away from her workspace during breaks. She also wants to visit Kyoto one day during Autumn.

Nashalie De Silva

Nashalie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol and worked at the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives, prior to joining Frontier. 

She loves being outdoors, whether it be relaxing at the beach, or hiking up a mountain. She is extremely passionate about gender issues and one day hopes to be able to contribute towards removing barriers to education faced by many women.

Pushpitha Geeganage

Pushpitha is a first year engineering undergraduate of University of Moratuwa, studying Materials Science and Engineering. And for his strong enthusiasm for development, he joined Frontier as a tech intern. Pushpitha also volunteers for projects in Rotaract club of the university and for Mora Esports Community.

He likes to tune in to a casual stream of Dota 2 on twitch after work. He also enjoys competitive games of cricket and Dota 2. He is also in to science and technology and hopes to travel to Europe one day to see beauty of medieval and Renaissance culture.

Emaad Rizwan
Trainee Associate

Emaad holds a BSc in Economics and Management offered by the University of London International Programs, having graduated with a second upper class.

After a typical day of work, he usually likes to go to the gym or meet up with friends. He loves the outdoors and usually goes fishing quite often, and his ideal travel destination would be to go to Switzerland and visit the Alps mountain range.

Anjali Hewapathage
Trainee Associate

Anjali is a final year undergraduate at the University of Colombo, majoring in Economics with a focus on Trade and Industry. She volunteers at the Rotaract Club of Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

On a typical day after work you would find her watching reruns of Brooklyn-Nine-Nine or her favourite k-dramas to unwind. Anjali is passionate about gender economics and she is also currently studying the impacts of digitalisation on females in Sri Lanka.

Shamal Ratnayake

Shamal is a second-year undergraduate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura studying business administration, having completed CIMA back in 2020.
He has taken part in many toastmaster events in the last three years and having been a passionate athletic and a cricket player for many years before university, you will still find him playing and watching cricket when he is free! He is also very much into reading novels and autobiographies of famous leaders around the world. His ideal travel destination is Japan and he wants to visit and climb Mount Fuji one day.

Malik Nazahim
Trainee Associate

Malik is a third-year Business Economics student at Sri Jayewardenepura University and he's worked at European Horizons as a Public Relations Officer as the only student led policy incubator. After work, his typical day would end with him reading a book, preferably non-fiction!

He is passionate about global issues such as poverty eradication and income inequality reduction. Malik also believes that one day he will be able to make a significant positive impact on the world.