Competent Authority

Mr. B. Asoka Keerthi De Sliva

As a consequences of recent developments Mr. B. Asoka Keerthi De Sliva has been appointed as the Competent Authority in lieu of the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts according to Order made under Subsection (4)(b) of Section 20 of the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978 and published in the Government Gazette no.2142/25 dated 24th September 2019 with effect from 24th  September 2019.

Mr. B.A. Keerthi De Silva has over four decades of experience in commercial banking and bank management in Sri Lanka. He has made a significant contribution in restructuring People’s Bank, bringing it to a strong position as one of the largest banking networks in Sri Lanka. Following his retirement from people’s Bank in 2008, Mr. De Silva held the position of Deputy Chairman of the Union Bank of Colombo PLC where he was a Non-Executive Independent Director for nine years. At the present, he holds an advisory position as a Council Member of the University of Ruhuna.

Mr. De Silva is a graduate of University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, USA (AMP 163). He holds a Management Development Certificate awarded by the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura and also certificates awarded by Arthur D. Little School of Management, USA for Project Analysis and Project Management. Mr. De Silva is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Professional Manager-FCPM. He is also recognized as a accredited Director ‘ACC.Dir.SL‘ by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka