Our Team

We are a small team of entrepreneurs, farmers, creative problem solvers, and achievers. Every one of us— young, old, novice or experienced is passionate about building a platform to enable farmers to sell their commodities directly to the global market, by bypassing the traders.

H L Ananda Piyankara
Founder
Ananda is a Sri Lankan entrepreneur who started on the business trail at age 10. He was the
youngest recipient of the Most Outstanding Young Entrepreneur award in Sri Lanka and was
invited to Harvard Business School, NYSE and Stanford to accept entrepreneurship awards.
 
Ananda has extensive experience working in the tea, natural rubber, and cinnamon (spice)
industries. He holds a finance degree from Kelley School of Business and is a proud alumnus of
OYW.
Thakshila Liyanage
Analytical Chemist

Thakshila is our Analytical Chemist. She has working experience in natural rubber, tea and cinnamon commodities. Thakshila oversees laboratory testing for Ant Commodity and advises producers and sellers on the testing side. For any lab-related issue, Thakshila finds the answer and communicates it in a way we all can understand.

Gayani Sanjeewani
Sales (S Korea)

Gayani handles communications, operations, and team performance. All messages sent by S Korean buyers are first reviewed by Sanjeewani. This ensures that prompt and accurate messages are shared with both parties.

Happy Arnold
Malawy/ Country Manager

Looking for expansion to Malawi.

Ruwan Pradeep
Ceylon Cinnamon, CPC

Ruwan has worked in the spice industry for over 15 years. He started as a planter and later went to work with spice exporters in Sri Lanka. He knows international quality standards, effective packing methods, and the certification requirements for spices. Ruwan overseas cinnamon, black pepper, and turmeric for Ant Commodity.

Claude Wickramasighe
Manager, CPC

Claude is our engineer. He has over 40 years of engineering experience and has worked with iconic companies in Sri Lanka. For Ant Commodity, Claude designs and executes the protocol to conduct inspections for farms, processing units, shipments and samples. He has outstanding experience in the technical side of agriculture, and shares his know-how with producers to help them improve their manufacturing processes.

 
 
Dimuthu Athukorala
Outsource
Dimuthu is our international logistics coordinator. He has over 10years of experience in shipping and logistics. Dimuthu works with a pool of shipping lines and insurance firms to secure the best deals for Ant Commodity customers. In a short time, he has established partnerships with shipping lines to procure best LCL, FCL rates to the US, UK, Canada and South Korea.
Viran Malaka
Web Developer
Malaka is our back-end web developer and server operator. He is a budding, enthusiastic programmer from Sri Lanka. Malaka’s parents are farmers of natural rubber and tea, and, he understands and the purpose of Ant Community’s work.