Chulendra de Silva
Chulendra has over 17 years of multi-sectoral experience in carrying out Sustainability Integration, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Process Optimizations, Financial Analysis and due diligence, financial and operational feasibility studies and organizational sourcing.
In addition to his current role as the Founding Partner of InterBalance, Chulendra also acts as a technical Consultant to Goodera, a global Sustainability IT Platform headquartered in Bangalore and Menlo Park, California. He also acts as a part-time sustainability trainer and sustainability auditor for DNV GL Business Assurance Sri Lanka.
Chulendra lead the Sustainability drives of his employers both at John Keells Holdings (JKH) and Walkers CML and was instrumental in establishing a comprehensive Sustainability Management Framework at both the aforementioned companies. He also led the company teams in developing their respective first ever integrated reports.
This was achieved by entrenching a Group-wide Sustainability Management Framework that involved culture change programmes, linking the Group’s risk management processes to incorporate sustainability, introduction of sustainability IT systems and processes for data tracking and monitoring, benchmarking, sustainability assurance, risk assurance and undertaking sustainability training programmes for staff as well as selected value chain partners.
Chulendra carries experience in introducing and implementing Sustainability Management Frameworks and Risk Management Frameworks in various industry sectors such as Food & Beverage, FMCG, Construction, Manufacturing, Banking, Ports and Marine Services, Hotels and Leisure, IT Enabled Services, Retail, Trading and Warehousing.
Chulendra was also a technical committee member of the Integrated Corporate Reporting Committee of the Institute of the Chartered Accounts Sri Lanka which released the ‘Preparer’s Guide to Integrated Corporate Reporting’ in July 2015. He has also been a key speaker at various Sustainability and Integrated Reporting fora.
Chulendra is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner (CSR-P), a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) and an ISO14001:2015 Lead Auditor in Environmental Management Systems. He also holds a first class honours degree in Physical Science from the University of Colombo, is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland Australia, and is a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Charter holder (USA).
Charith has over 14 years of experience in Sustainability, Risk Management, Corporate Planning and Strategy across diverse industries in South Asia and Australia. He is one of the pioneer Sustainability practitioners in Sri Lanka and was the first to publish a ‘GRI checked’ report. Charith has presented at numerous forums both locally and overseas. He also acts as a part-time sustainability trainer and auditor for DNV GL Business Assurance Sri Lanka.
After returning to Sri Lanka in 2015, Charith has held roles at Dialog Axiata and MAS Holdings. During this period, he was instrumental in formalizing the sustainability reporting framework at MAS and developed the Social Sustainability parameters for monitoring performance.
From 2010 to 2015, Charith was employed at Warringah Council in Sydney where he was responsible for its Strategy, Policy, Process improvement and Performance management. He was also instrumental in developing processes at Warringah Council for Business Planning, Policy implementation and the statutory reporting as per the state legislation.
While at Warringah Council, Charith was invited to sit on the NSW steering committee that established the Local Government performance framework in light of amalgamations and consolidation of all Local Government bodies.
Prior to joining Warringah Council, Charith was heading Sustainability Integration and Risk at John Keells Holdings. Here, Charith successfully introduced and integrated sustainability throughout the group and published the first ‘GRI checked’ Sustainability Report in Sri Lanka which was adjudged best report by both ACCA and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2010. He also introduced the ISO 31000 risk management framework while creating synergies between Sustainability and Risk.
While at JKH, Charith was invited to serve on the Sri Lankan mirror committee which contributed towards the development of the ISO standard for Social Responsibility (ISO 26000).
During his tenure at JKH, he also introduced Green Globe certification for the Leisure sector and was able to develop initiatives which resulted in significant bottom-line gains. He was also the point person for United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) at JKH.
Prior to his appointment at JKH, Charith was in the Telco industry at Dialog Axiata where he was responsible for creating a distinction between CSR (philanthropy) and Sustainability. Charith was also able to introduce the GRI based sustainability reporting framework to Dialog and was part of the team that published Dialog’s first Sustainability Report.
At Dialog, Charith was also responsible for initiating Sustainability projects such as mobile recycling (M-waste) which was a first in Sri Lanka, and was in adherence to the Basel convention.
Charith is an alumnus of the Manchester Metropolitan University where he read for a BSc. (Hons) Business. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia (CMA). He is a GRI certified sustainability reporting professional, and has undergone training on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER), Environmental Management ISO 14000, Project Management Professional (PMP) and is certified in Risk Management ISO 31000 and OHSAS18000. In 2017, Charith was accepted for an Executive Education programme on Sustainability Leadership at Harvard University.