HNB partners CFA Society to drive growth in financial services industry

Continuing its sustenance to the financial industry with enhanced support for professionals, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, joined the local arm of the global not-for-profit organization CFA Society Sri Lanka (CFA SSL) as its official banking partner. 

The collaboration aims to strengthen the financial industry in Sri Lanka and provide greater assistance to professionals in their respective fields. HNB Executive Director/ Chief Operating Officer, Dilshan Rodrigo, HNB DGM – SME and Micro Finance, Rajive Dissanayake, HNB AGM- Network Management and Business Development, Supun Dias and CFA Society Sri Lanka President, Aruna Perera, Vice President, Rashmi Peiris Paranavitane, CEO, Aruna Alwis were present at a ceremony held to celebrate this alliance. 

“The partnership with CFA Society Sri Lanka aligns perfectly with HNB’s commitment to excellence and our dedication to fostering a dynamic financial services landscape in Sri Lanka. We believe that investing in professional development and knowledge-sharing is crucial for the industry’s sustainable progress. This collaboration will enable us to leverage our expertise, extensive network, and innovative solutions to support the growth of finance professionals, which, in turn, will benefit the industry as a whole,” HNB AGM- Network Management and Business Development Supun Dias said. 

An exclusive Co-branded credit card has been bestowed upon CFA SSL members, anchored with a range of exclusive discounts, offers and promotions. Furthermore, members of CFA Candidate Council Sri Lanka have also been provided with a Visa Signature credit card with a pre-approved limit of 500,000 LKR, enabling them to make CFA registration and exam fee payments conveniently while enjoying the world of benefits that are being offered for the HNB Visa Signature Credit Card holders. In addition, HNB will be giving the members the access to a wider range of repayment plans and benefits for retail banking facilities.

Moreover, CFA SSL will leverage its expertise in developing and supporting charter holders to organize collaborative initiatives such as educational programs, networking events, and knowledge-sharing sessions for HNB employees. In doing this, the partnership aims to strengthen and build a vibrant and dynamic investment community.

“We are thrilled to have HNB as our banking partner as their extensive experience and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our mission to promote the highest ethical and professional standards in investment management. This partnership will undoubtedly bring immense value to our members and the financial community at large,” CFA Society Sri Lanka President Aruna Perera said.

Founded in 2001, CFA Society Sri Lanka is a not-for-profit organization supporting the professional development and advancement of CFA charter holders and candidates. It consists of a membership count over 275 including CEOs, CFOs, portfolio managers, equity analysts, banking professionals, investment advisors, and other senior-ranking financial practitioners and over 300 candidates, mainly in the financial sector.

With 254 customer centres and 800+ Self Service machines (SSMs) nationwide, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative private banks. Consolidating its legacy in sustainability, good governance and corporate excellence, HNB was crowned the Best Corporate Citizen for 2022 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards. The bank further secured additional accolades, taking home the Governance category and Sustainability Champion for the Finance sector titles. 

Additionally, HNB was ranked among the World’s Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, in addition to being crowned the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th instance at the prestigious International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2023 hosted by the Asian Banker Magazine.

HNB Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Dilshan Rodrigo (third from left) CFA Society Sri Lanka, President Aruna Perera exchanging MOU in the presence of (L to R): HNB AGM- Network Management and Business Development Supun Dias, HNB DGM – SME and Micro Finance Rajive Dissanayake, Vice President, Rashmi Peiris Paranavitane, Treasurer, Rasanja Perera, Chairman, Member Relations Committee, Richardson Morais, and  CEO Aruna Alwis, of CFA Society Sri Lanka . 

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