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.

Nimesha Jayakody
Chief Research Officer

With a 5-year tenure at Frontier Research, Nimesha currently provides overall strategic direction to the Macro-Economic Research and Sector Research divisions, leading a team over 10 individuals. She is responsible for ensuring that the research insights effectively cater to the information needs of the business clientele and are delivered in a timely manner. As a senior member of the company, she oversees work on new product development, team growth and drives the firm's strategic goals.

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.

Before joining Frontier, she was an analyst directly reporting to the CEO of MAS - Linear Intimo, and was involved in several projects, in the capacity of a research analyst. 

She has made several TV appearances and has been featured in other media, while joining panel discussions as both a moderator and panelist recently. 

Thanuri Thalagala
Chief Operating Officer

Thanuri leads the business development, operations and Tech function at Frontier. She is responsible for overseeing client-relationships with existing clients as well as new prospects which involves in identifying suitable client groups for new products and services while driving client adoption for them. She also plays a key role in financial planning and budgeting for Frontier as well as overseeing the Tech team at Frontier.

Thanuri  is part of the leadership team involved in strategic decision making at Frontier, while being responsible for the growth and development of team members under the areas of business development, operations and Tech functions at Frontier.

Thilina Panduwawala
Head of Economic Research

Thilina Panduwawala is Head of Economic Research at Frontier Research. He returned to Frontier in 2022 after an 18-month stint at the ADB as a consultant to its Sri Lanka Resident Mission. Prior to this in his previous four years at Frontier, Thilina led work in embedding politics into Frontier’s economic analysis and was able to provide fresh perspectives on the interactions between them, which have become an integral part of Frontier’s approach.

Thilina also currently functions as the alternate member to Frontier’s CEO on the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee on Economic Policy.

Anshari Perera, CFA
Head of Sector Research & Lead Macro Economic Analyst

Anshari is responsible for executing strategic and business decisions for the sector research arm at Frontier and oversees the team of analysts involved in sector research and news curation. She's also responsible for overseeing the macro economic forecasting function at Frontier and plays an instrumental role in providing insights into trading local government securities through Frontier's 'Trader’s Edge' report series.

She plays a key role in the firm's overall strategic and operational functions and in initiating and managing business relationships. She delivers presentations catering to the management of leading corporates and investment firms and her insights on the economy and banking sector have been featured on LMD and Reuters.

Anshari joined Frontier with prior experience in the banking industry, having previously worked at the Corporate Banking Unit of Nations Trust Bank.

Promodhya Abesekara
Senior 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.

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 debt crises across the world and tying those into the Sri Lankan situation. He also heads work around understanding Covid-19 pandemic and other black swan risks, and tying those into the macroeconomic stories of the country and takes a key role in in the development of Frontier's views on interest rates and the LKR and in the presentation of content to Frontier's clients. Additionally, he handles 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, Channel Eye's 'Business Today' programme, TV1's, "Bisnomics" programme, and Echelon magazine.

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.

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.

Nashalie De Silva
Product Lead

Nashalie currently functions as a Product Lead and works within the Economic Research team at Frontier. She plays a key support role in Economic research for Frontier's reports and in presenting content to Frontier's client base. She also contributes to the macro-economic modelling and forecasting function at Frontier.

Nashalie has been featured on Channel Eye's 'Business Today’ where she discussed Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis and necessary reforms, and also moderated PWC Academy’s ‘Quarter 02, Economic Outlook 2022 Series’. Prior to joining Frontier, she contributed to Economic Research at the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Pushpitha Geeganage
Junior Software Developer

Pushpitha is a second 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.

Aparni Seneviratne

Aparni is a graduate of KDU holding a BSc in Built Enviornment (Architecture), currently pursuing her MSc in Sustainable Tourism at University of Peradeniya. 

Being a "nomad" all her life, she loves to intertwine her experiences and knowledge on diverse subjects to form synergetic content, at work and her daily life. She volunteers for several animal rescue organizations, passionate about creating awareness on equality and enjoys doodling random comic strips for her friends during her free time.

Akna Tennakoon

Akna is a fourth-year student at the University of Colombo, majoring in Economics with a focus on Banking and Finance, minoring in Literature and Linguistics. Before joining Frontier, she worked at ICRA Lanka Limited, first as a research intern and then as an Associate Analyst.

On a typical day after work you would find her reading or journaling. She loves outdoorsy activities and enjoys hiking, camping and cycling.

Anjali Hewapathage

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
Trainee Associate

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.

Arshad Ismail
Trainee Associate

Arshad is a final year Business Economics Undergraduate at the University of Colombo, and a passionate Rotaractor with many accolades behind his name. Anything to do with Economics excites him and keeps him going.

On a usual morning, you’d see him running around getting his work done and glued to his laptop by the end of the day as he tutors Economics online to 200 Advanced Level students from across the island. If any free time comes his way, which is quite rare, you’d see him enjoying a blissful nap.

Navinda Meepe
Trainee Associate

Navinda is a third-year student in the business economics department at the University of Colombo. He used to work for Buost Asia as an accounts manager from April 2021 until August 2022. From 2018-2019, he interned at Hatton National Bank.

Currently, he's the vice president of the Rotaract club of University of Colombo faculty of Management and Finance and the vice president of the business economics student association at the University of Colombo. Futsal is his favorite way to unwind after a long day. He has a strong interest in assisting disadvantaged communities and a passion to work for the elimination of racial and all other types of discrimination and the promotion of living in peace and harmony with one another.