Over 39 years
Nihal Sri Ameresekere after a brilliant scholastic collegiate record at a leading public School, S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka, opted to pursue a professional career, instead of the academia. He apprenticed with Ernst & Young (then Turquand Young) Chartered Accountants, with training also in India. He received Awards from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and also became a Member, Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, UK; subsequently, a Member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia, a Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, US, an Associate Member, American Bar Association, US and Member, Global Anti-Corruption Task Force.
Ameresekere ventured on his own professional practice in 1974, developing a clientele, local and foreign, in several spheres of business and management consultancy, servicing private and public sectors, under the corporate name, Comindtax Management Service Ltd., now Consultants 21 Ltd. The practice specialised in tax consultancy, project promotion and development, financial re-structuring, forensic accounting, privatisation, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships and commercial litigation support services.
In 1980 he was appointed to a Special Board by President J.R. Jayawardene, to manage the all-island Sri Lanka Transport Boards, serving in an honorary capacity, receiving commendations on his work from international visiting missions. He has served on the Boards of several State Corporations. He was Council Member, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, and Council Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka.
He received the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1983-84 for Business Management. He has been a renowned Lecturer on professional subjects, and a public speaker on matters of national and public interest, having conducted and participated in several television programs.
He was Advisor, Ministry of Finance & Planning in 1994-95. He was a Senior Consultant on a World Bank funded island-wide Bus Transport Sector Re-structuring Project, and on an USAID funded Economic Infrastructure Development Projects, promoting public-private partnerships. These were assignments for the Government of Sri Lanka. In 2004-05 he was Chairman of the Public Enterprises Reform Commission. During 2004-07 he was a Member of the Company Law Advisory Commission, which formulated and had the new Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 enacted.
In his illustrious career, he advented into litigation in 1990, when he successfully prosecuted the first derivative action in law in Sri Lanka, on grounds of fraud on the Government of Sri Lanka, in the construction of the Colombo Hilton Hotel, by Mitsui & Company Ltd., Taisei Corporation, and Architects, Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha Yozo Shibata & Associates, of Japan. The landmark Judgment of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka is reported in the 1992 Commonwealth (Commercial) Law Reports.
Thereafter, he ventured into public interest activity, including being a public interest litigator, successfully appearing in person before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, the highest judiciary, on matters concerning public interest, in Fundamental Rights Applications successfully annulling perverse major privatisations, and in challenges to legislations being enacted by Parliament, including the Appropriation Bill, and a perverse amnesty law, violative of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights', inimical to the rule of law, defrauding public revenue causing extensive loss to the State.
He is a Member of the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management, and also is a Member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) promoting and facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. In 2011, he was a Member of an Experts Group of IAACA formulating its Work Plan.
Mr. Ameresekere in January 2013 completed authoring a series of 13 Books on his experiences on real case studies in combatting fraud, corruption and economic crime, and espousing the cause of enforcing good governance and the rule of law, none being above the law. The 1st Book in the series of 13 Books was released in April 2011 and the last Book in this series, the 13th Book was released in January 2013 in a span of 21 Months. This series of Books published and marketed by the leading US Publisher AuthorHOUSE are available globally at reputed Book Stores and E-retailers.