About Us

BOARD MEMBERS

Mahasen Samaravijaya

Chairman / CEO – GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

+94 773 292 538 (SL)

+1 602 315 6868 (USA)

mahasen@gvrtech.com

Mr. Mahasen Samaravijaya, is a visionary leader and the Founder and Chairman / CEO of GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd., GVR Technologies Inc., a provider of Asian electronic outsourcing solutions to US manufacturers. GVR Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. was established in Sri Lanka to support the investment goals of developing real estate projects in the country for Serendip Investment Group LLC, an Arizona based company also founded and managed by Mr. Samaravijaya.

He is the founder of Interface Data Systems (IDS) and served as the company’s Chairman and CEO from 1991 to 2003, which was consistently ranked in Arizona’s 50 Fastest Growing High Tech Companies.

During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Samaravijaya represented Arizona at both the White House Corporate Citizenship Forum and the One America Program in Washington, D.C. He was the former member of the City of Phoenix Economic Development Advisory Council and served on the Board of the Enterprise Network, a leading Arizona entrepreneurial organization. As a financial supporter and Board Member of an international not-for-profit organization, the One Sri Lanka Foundation, he contributes towards the development and implementation of humanitarian projects in Sri Lankan communities.

Mr Samarawijaya is a patron member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; Sri Lanka.

Mohan Chandramohan

Board Member – GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

Mr. Mohan Chandramohan was the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Reprographics Company (ARC), a publicly traded entity listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He also served as the COO and CFO of U-Save Auto Parts Stores Inc., an automotive aftermarket retail chain headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

In Sri Lanka, Mr. Chandramohan was with the Overseas Trust Bank Ltd., where he specialized in International Banking. Currently he serves on the boards of a number of organizations – in both non-profit and for-profit entities – most notably, Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges), Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), Flintridge Preparatory School, and the Pasadena Independent Schools Foundation (PISF). He holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). He has also completed post-graduate programs in Management at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Oxford in England.

Prema Cooray

Board Member – GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

Mr. Prema Cooray, immediate Past Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC counts well over 40 years in the Travel and Tourism Industry, most of which he spent at Aitken Spence developing the conglomerate’s hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka and Maldives. He is acknowledged for the pivotal role played in the development of sustainable tourism and especially for his leadership in developing the renowned Kandalama Hotel which has won many global accolades. Currently Mr. Cooray serves as Chairman of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Citrus Hotel Group, and Rainforest Ecolodge, Deniyaya, an unique pioneering Ecotorium initiative which received the highest award of “LEEDS - Platinum” rating for Sustainable Tourism in 2012. He is a Member of the Grants Board of ICTA. He also sits on the Board of Lighthouse Hotel Plc.

In the past, Mr. Cooray served as the Secretary-General/CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2008. He is also the Past President of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (1998-2000) and was Chairman of the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (2007-2009). Mr. Cooray was accorded the national honour as a “Legend” by Sri Lanka Tourism in 2011.

Mr. Cooray has a MBA from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, is a Certified Management Accountant and is also a Member of the Institute of Hospitality.

Deshabandu Tilak De Zoysa

Board Member – GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

A well-known figure in the Sri Lankan business community, Tilak de Zoysa, FCMI (UK) FPRI (SL), Honorary Consul for Croatia and Global Ambassador for HelpAge International was conferred the title of “Deshabandu” by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka in recognition of his services to the country and was the recipient of “The Order of the Rising Sun. Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

In addition to being the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Advisor to the Al-Futtaim Group of Companies in Sri Lanka, he Chairs Carsons Cumberbatch PLC, Associated CEAT (Pvt) Ltd., Amaya Hotels and Resorts USA (Radisson), Jetwing Zinc Journey Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. and HelpAge Sri Lanka, Trinity Steel (Pvt) Ltd. CG Corp Global Sri Lanka and Dutch Lanka Trailer Manufacturers (TATA Group).

He is also the Vice Chairman of Ceat Kelani Holdings (Pvt) Ltd., Orient Insurance Ltd. and serves on the boards of several listed and private companies which include TAL Lanka Hotels PLC (Taj), TAL Hotels and Resorts Ltd, Lanka Walltiles PLC, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, Associated Electrical Corporation Ltd., Inoac Polymer Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Cinnovation INC., GVR Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Varun Beverages Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (Pepsi).

Mr. Tilak de Zoysa is a past Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, HelpAge International (UK) and served as a Member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka (2003-2009).

Buddhi Athauda

Board Member – GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.

Ambassador Athauda hails from a purely Sri Lankan background with an unprecedented desire to represent his Motherland to the world, a feat successfully achieved during his tenure as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands. While being the founding President of the Diplomatic Council, Ambassador Athauda, was unanimously elected to lead the Budget Committee as Chairman for the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), as Chairperson for the year 2014 for the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC). In addition, among his many accolades, he was awarded Diplomat Magazine’s Certificate of Merit in recognition of his many contributions to the Diplomatic community in The Hague.

His strong academic foundation is backed by a Master of Business Administration (Finance M.B.A) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance B.B.A), both of which he obtained at the Radford University, USA.

Ambassador Athauda spent a considerable number of years in the commercial stratosphere bringing concepts and innovative ideas into fruition in several industries including investment banking, accounting and finance, hotel & real-estate, export import trading, telecommunication, mobile, satellite/ cable TV, whilst championing the overarching philosophy of people, planet and profit. His resounding success in the commercial world bears testimony to the fact that he is able to return to commercial aspects of conceptualizing transactions after a near decade of diplomacy.

Alex Lovell

Financial and Investment Advisor GVR Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.<

Mr. Alex Lovell is a Chartered Management Accountant, UK and completed his Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration in Australia. He was awarded the MBE ( Most Distinguished Order of the British Empire ) by Her Majesty the Queen of England for his contribution to Investment banking.

Mr. Alex Lovell acquired a penthouse in this development and has been an advisor to the current owners of this project.

His comments on his acquiring a premium unit in this development was “never under estimate the potential of Kandy, the Hill Capital, the plans envisaged, the expressway and the Zonal planning makes Kandy an interesting investment proposition” .