OUR TEAM

The Lynear Wealth team was formed under the framework that human capital is the greatest asset in our organisation. Widely experienced, intellectual, enterprising and inherently discrete, our team of high-performing individuals possesses the expertise to create bespoke solutions within a compliant framework to fulfill clients’ investment objectives.
SANJAY KULATUNGA
Chairman / Co-Founder

Sanjay Kulatunga has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Kulatunga, a former Regional Analyst at Jardine Fleming Hong Kong, was a Founder Director of Amba Research Lanka, a knowledge process outsourcing company that provided investment research and analytics support services to the global capital markets industry. He has held the positions of CEO, Executive Director and Founder in assorted industries, including manufacturing, leisure and finance.

He has sat on the boards of several listed and unlisted organisations involved in logistics, retail, property development and hospitality as Non-Executive Director. He is currently an Independent Director of Expolanka PLC, a global diversified conglomerate rooted in Sri Lanka. Kulatunga has served as President of the CFA Society of Sri Lanka, a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and on the Financial Sector Stability Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

DR NAVEEN GUNAWARDANE
Managing Director / Co-Founder

Naveen Gunawardane has a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Master of Science in Physics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Particle Physics from Imperial College London.

Gunawardane is the former Head of Investment Banking at CAL, a leading full-service investment bank in Sri Lanka, where he was instrumental in launching Sri Lanka’s first Quantitative Equity Fund. He was previously a Director and Head of Quantitative Services at Amba Research Lanka, an independent financial services knowledge process outsourcing firm, where he was responsible for developing quantitative investment and trading strategies for Amba’s clients. Gunawardane began his career in finance at Goldman Sachs London, as a member of its risk management team. He has also lectured at the Mathematics Department of the University of Colombo.

DR KEMAL DE SOYSA
Director - Legal and Compliance / Co-Founder

Kemal de Soysa has a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences, and a Doctor of Philosophy in History of Science from the University of Cambridge.

De Soysa is the former Director and Country Head of Amba Research Lanka, the largest independent capital markets specialist outsourcing firm that serviced a majority of the top 15 buy-side and sell-side firms. He managed the Sri Lanka based operation and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.

During his decade long career at Amba, he served in various capacities in the equity research domain, including as Head of Equity Research Delivery at Amba Research India and Vice President at Amba Research Costa Rica. De Soysa is the Executive Director of International Distillers Limited, a family owned company with interests in the beverage industry.

ZAFFAR JEEVUNJEE
Director – Research / Co-Founder

Zaffar Jeevunjee is a CFA Charterholder. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jeevunjee sits on the Boards of unlisted companies in a diverse array of industries, ranging from livestock and plantations, to construction and power, to packaging. He is a former Senior Vice President of Amba Research Lanka, a leading provider of offshore research and analytics services to the global financial and corporate sectors, and oversaw all buy-side research out of the organisation. Jeevunjee began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston as a Structured Products Analyst.

SHAMINDRA PERERA
Non-Executive Director

Shamindra Perera has a MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is one of the first two CFA Charterholders from Sri Lanka.

Perera is the Founder of Excubed, a UK based fintech startup that is currently developing a technology-driven business solution to level the playing field in pension fund investment in the UK. He was previously Managing Director of Russell Investments (UK), responsible for overseeing its institutional business comprising assets worth USD30 billion.

During his two-decade long career at Russell he has worked in research, portfolio management, asset allocation, investment strategy design and business leadership out of its Sydney, Singapore and London offices. Perera’s experience spans advice and fund management for Pension funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Family offices and intermediaries including Private Banks in UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Perera began his career as an invest analyst at Capital Development and Investment Company (CDIC), Sri Lanka’s first venture capital fund; was Senior Manager Capital Markets of Seylan Merchant Bank, conceptualising and launching Sri Lanka’s first stock market margin trading operation; and Vice President - Strategic Investments of Asia Capital, where he was involved in its journey from stockbroker to investment bank.

RAMALI PERERA
Portfolio Manager

Ramali Perera is a CFA Charterholder and has a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from University College London.

Perera is the former Product Head – Financial Institutions Research at Frontier Research, an independent research firm that provides macroeconomic, equity and sector specific research.

She previously worked as Assistant Vice President – Banks and Nonbank Financial Institutions at Fitch Ratings Lanka, the Sri Lankan arm of the global leader in credit ratings and research; in the research team of the Institute of Policy Studies, the apex economic policy research institute in Sri Lanka; as a Consultant for the Centre for Poverty Analysis, supporting them in monitoring the impact of policy influence projects in South Asia; and as a Management Associate at Citi National Investment Bank, Sri Lanka.

ASANKA HERATH
Head of Research

Asanka has a Master of Science in Financial Economics from the University of Essex, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Colombo and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of London.

Herath previously worked at Amba Research Lanka, a financial research services outsourcing company that is now the Sri Lankan arm of Moody’s Analytics,as Vice President – Equity Research, managing equity research analysts working across multiple sectors including retail, telecommunications and real estate in North America, Europe and Asia. He was a consultant on valuation, report writing and financial modelling for various initiatives within the organisation and was responsible for executing new projects for a bulge bracket investment bank.

He was part of the company’s investment analysts training panel, conducting training sessions for analysts in Colombo’s capital market space as well as for those at Amba Research.