Chulendra de Silva
Chulendra has over 15 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 the Country Representative and a sustainability and risk management 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 was attached to MTD Walkers PLC as Head of Corporate Center in the capacity of an Executive Vice President of the Group until December 2017. He was also a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Up until 2015, Chulendra headed the Sustainability, Enterprise Risk Management and Group Initiative Division of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) as a Vice President of the Group.
Chulendra was instrumental in establishing a comprehensive Sustainability Management Framework at the Walkers CML Group and lead the Group in developing its first integrated report for 2015/16, which was independently assured by DNV GL and also obtained the Materiality Disclosures check of GRI, within a short span of 9 months. The Walkers CML Group also won the Gold Award (Construction Category), for this very first Integrated Report. In 2016/17, he was instrumental in adopting the GRI Standards to the MTD Walkers PLC Integrated Annual Report.
At JKH too he was involved in entrenching Sustainability practices within the Group through the implementation of a Group-wide Sustainability Management Framework. This involved transformational culture change programmes, linking the Group’s risk management processes to incorporate sustainability, introduction of systems and processes for data tracking and monitoring, benchmarking, integrated reporting. Sustainability Assurance, risk assurance and sustainability training programmes.
During his tenure, JKH published its first integrated annual report and in 2014 transitioned from a GRI G3.1 integrated report, to an integrated report complying with the new GRI guidelines GRI G4.
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 Lead Auditor in Environmental Management Systems. He also holds a first class honours degree in Physical Science from the University of Colombo, is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK, holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland Australia, and is a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Charter holder (USA).
Charith has over 12 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 on sustainability issues both locally and overseas.
From 2010 to 2015, Charith was employed as a Senior Corporate Planner/Manager at Warringah Council, 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 Quarterly/Annual 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 various sectors of the organisation and was the catalyst in producing 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 was able to introduce 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, hotels and resorts and was able to develop multiple 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 PLC where he was responsible for promoting and creating a distinction between CSR (philanthropy) and Business Integral Corporate Responsibility (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 Sustainability Report.
At Dialog, Charith was also responsible for initiating Sustainability related programmes such as mobile recycling (M-waste) which was a first in Sri Lanka that adhered 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. In 2017, Charith was accepted for an Executive Education programme on Sustainability Leadership at Harvard University.