Our Team

Directors

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Mr. Hitoshi Kanahori

Chairman

A graduate in faculty of Commerce from the prestigious Keio University in Japan; Mr. Kanahori has deep experience in managing Asian business with a global presence, having worked in Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai,Pakistan and Malaysia.

As the Executive Chairman of Expolanka Holdings PLC, Mr. Kanahori is based in Colombo, working closely with the Group CEO in the corporate strategy, governance and investments of the company. Prior to his appointment, for about 30 years, he was a member of the regional leadership team at MUFG Bank – the largest bank in Japan and ranked top 5 bank in the world in 2021 with assets of over USD 2.6 Trillion.

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Mr. Hanif Yusoof

Executive Director and Group CEO

Mr. Hanif Yusoof is one of the founding members of the Group. He has been the cornerstone in building and expanding the Freight and Logistics sectors of the Group. He has served as President of the Freight Forwarders Association of Sri Lanka, in addition to being on the UN/ESCAP panel of trainers for freight forwarding. His entrepreneurship nature has led him to become a well admired industry professional and recipient of the “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Special Achievement Award” by Enterprise Asia 2013. His other achievements include being awarded in 2012, by the Central Bank of Sri Lank for “Global Commerce Excellence” in light of contributions to the Sri Lankan economy. He also received “The Outstanding young Persons” (TOYP) award in 1998. In 2013, he was among the ten individuals recognised by LMD magazine in their coverage of “Business People of the Year” and has also been consecutively listed among LMD’s A-List in 2019 and 2020 in testament to his hard work and commitment towards developing the supply chain industry in Sri Lanka.

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Mr. Ha Yo

Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr. Ha Yo Mr. Ha Yo is a Masters holder in Business Administration from Waseda University, Japan and holds 18 years of experience. He is currently the CEO of SG Sagawa AMEROID Pte. Ltd, Singapore and has gained specialized experience in the Sales and Marketing industry both in Japan and Singapore.

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Mr. Akira Oyama

Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr. Akira Oyama Mr. Akira Oyama, currently functions as the President of SGH Global Japan Co., Ltd. He started his illustrious career with Sagawa Express Co., Ltd in 1989. He has over 30 years of experience in the logistics business, having held several senior executive positions and directorship within the Sagawa group.

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Mr. Sanjay Kulatunga

Non-Executive, Independent Director

Mr. Sanjay Kulatunga is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago 'Booth School of Business'. Mr. Kulatunga has an established record as a founder and an Executive Director in industries ranging from Finance to Export manufacturing and is a member of the Board Of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka. He has also served in the Financial Sector Stability Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka. Mr. Kulatunga serves as a Trustee of the Geffory Bawa and Lunuganga Trust.

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Mr. Harsha Amarasekera P.C.

Non-Executive, Independent Director

Mr. Harsha Amarasekera, President Counsel is a leading light in the legal profession in Sri Lanka having a wide practice in the Original Courts as well as in the Appellate Courts. His fields of expertise include Commercial Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law.

He also serves as an Independent Director in several leading listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange including Sampath Bank PLC, CIC Holdings PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC & Swisstek Aluminium Limited as Chairman and of Vallibel Power Erathna PLC as Deputy Chairman. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Vallibel One PLC, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Ambeon Capital PLC and Amaya Leisure PLC. He is also the Chairman of CIC Agri Business (Private) Limited.

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