Our Team

We are a 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 has more than 17 years experience in tea, natural rubber, and cinnamon (spices). 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 University to accept entrepreneurship awards. He holds a finance degree from Kelley School of Business.

Gayani Sanjeewani
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Sanjeewani has more than 8 years experience in natural rubber and spice manufacturing and trading in addition to experience in management, commercial, and financial roles. Passionate and believe in the grassroots level development and has experience of starting her own export company "Hemco Rubbers Export" as a freshly graduated from college. Sanjeewani obtained his PhD from Seoul National University, South Korea, and holds a MSc from Ball State University.

Nisal Ananda
Chief Financial Officer & Founder

As the CFO, Nisal oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis at Ant Commodity and Ant Commodity Exchange. Nisal has over 5 years of experience building and leading finance teams with significant operating scale and complexity. Nisal holds a BSc from Kyung Hee University, South Korea.

Gim Ganghee 김강희
Head of Product
Thakshila Liyanage
Analytical Chemist

Thakshila has over 10 years of 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. Thakshila holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. 

Dimuthu Athukorala
International logistics Coordinator

Dimuthu has over 10 years 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.

Claude Wickramasighe
Head of Sri Lanka

Claude 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.

 
 
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.