Mr.Nihal Sri Ameresekere

. Nihal Sri Ameresekere

Nihal Sri Ameresekere

 A quintessential multifaceted professional Consultant, and public interest litigator combatting fraud and corruption, espousing the rule of law and governance

Privatisation of Sri Lanka Insurance – Annulment

Unsuccessful Diplomatic pressures by Indian Oil

Collegiate Education

Nihal Sri Ameresekere, was a brilliant scholar at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, a leading private School in Sri Lanka, where he was a College Prefect and Leader of the English and Sinhala Debating Teams, with several other extra-curricular activities, including being the President of the English and Sinhala Literary Societies; Coloursman in Rifle Shooting and an exponent of Hatha Yoga Asanas, as a pupil of Sri Swami Sachidananda of Integral Yoga. He was a Member of the Staff teaching GCE Ordinary Level and Advance Level Students, until his University entrance results came.

Professional Education

Whilst at Turquand Youngs he was elected as the President of the Chartered Accountants Students’ Society and was responsible for causing the introduction of standard allowances, working hours and study leave for Student Apprentices in all Chartered Accountancy Firms.

He successfully completed his professional examinations in 1974, receiving a Best Performance Award and a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and becoming a Member thereof. At the same time, he also became a Member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants of UK, upon successfully completing those examinations. In 1975 he was appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka, as a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Ameresekere had been a renowned Lecturer in Management, operating his own Institute in the mid-1970s conducting courses for professional management, accountancy and banking examinations, including lecturing in Management at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Later during his professional career, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia, and was invited to be a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners of US, and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, in which he is a Member of the Global Anti-Corruption Task Force. Ameresekere had been a renowned Lecturer in professional subjects and also a public speaker and has successfully participated in live Television programs,

Professional Career

He commenced his professional career in 1974, developing a wide circle of local and foreign clientele, affording business and management consultancy services, to both private and public sectors. His professional practice was carried out in the corporate name, Comindtax Management Service Ltd., later re-named as Consultants 21 Ltd. At the same time he also had an island-wide auditing and taxation practice which he transferred in 1982 to KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co., Chartered Accountants, for him to focus on the business and management consultancy practice.

In 1977 he was appointed by the Sri Lanka President J.R. Jayawardene, as a Member of the Board of Directors of Ceylon Pharmaceutical Corporation; and in 1980 he was appointed to a Special Board by the Sri Lanka President J.R. Jayawardene, to manage the finances of the all-island Sri Lanka Transport Boards. Serving on a pro-bono basis, he received high commendations on his performance from visiting international evaluating missions to Sri Lanka. He also served on the Boards of several State Corporations, and was a Council Member of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka.

In 1983 he became one of the Promoters, Subscribers, Directors and Shareholders of Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC. (HDL), developing the Hilton Hotel Project in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which opened in 1987. He received the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1983-84 for Business Management.

Also from 1989 to 1994 he functioned as a Senior Advisor and Consultant to the Ministry of Finance & Planning, the Ministry of Policy Planning & Implementation and the Ministry of Transport, during the tenures of Presidents R. Premadasa and D.B. Wijetunga, vis-à-vis, privatisation and projects funded by the World Bank and USAID, on public sector reforms and infrastructure development, mooted on the basis of public-private partnerships, for which his consultancy Company, in collaboration with a Washington based US Consultancy Company, set-up a separate Secretariat for Infrastructure Development & Investment, as a State Agency, with an institutional mechanism for long-term funding of such Projects.

In 1994 Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga appointed Ameresekere, as Advisor, Ministry of Finance & Planning. Again in 2004 Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga appointed him as Chairman of the Public Enterprises Reform Commission and Chairman, Hotel Developers (Lanka) PLC.

He has been a Board Member in 2014/2015 of the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management in the US, and an Individual Member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), since its inauguration in 2006, established for the promotion and implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). In 2011 he was selected to be a Member of an ‘Experts Group’ to formulate the Work Plan of IAACA, which functions in close association with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is the Secretariat responsible for dealing with the implementation by State Parties of the UNCAC. In 2015, Ameresekere was appointed as Co-ordinator of IAACA. – United Nations Convention Against Corruption – to Combat Fraud & Corruption – a Cancerous Menace – with Mere Rhetoric Subverts UN Convention

As a civil society public interest activist, Ameresekere had espoused the foregoing causes, actively participating in the public domain in several Presidential and General Elections. He has been a successful public speaker in Sri Lanka and abroad on a range of topics of professional and public interest, and has hosted his own Television ‘Eye Opener – Talk Show’ on Sri Lanka’s State Television, dealing with national and public issues.

Companies Act No. 7 of 2007

Ameresekere was a Member from 2004 of the Company Law Advisory Commission of Sri Lanka, responsible for the formulation and assisting in the enactment by the Parliament of Sri Lanka of the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007, keeping abreast with contemporary laws in developed countries, including also the right of a Shareholder’s derivative action in law, as a statutory right.

Advent into Litigation upon investigations & becoming an International Author

Derivative Action in Law

Irrefutable Criminality

Settlement of a Fraud

Debt Recovery & Parate Execution

Perverse ‘Tax Amnesty’

Public Enterprise Reform Commission

Privatisation of Bunkering Monopoly – Annulment

Non – Repatriation of Export Proceeds

Inland Revenue Fails to Act

Unsuccessful Diplomatic pressures by Indian Oil

Purported Oil Hedging Deals

Ad-hominem Expropriation Law

Impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake

Further Investigations published

Professional Exposure

International Exposure

International Author



# Dr. Lakshman Marasinghe, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Canada / Barrister of the Inner Temple / Former Chairman, Sri Lanka Law Commission

# A.S. Jayawardena, Former Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka / Former Secretary Ministry of Finance & Secretary to the Treasury / Former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund

# K. Kanag-Isvaran, President’s Counsel, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka / Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom