Our Leadership

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Board of Directors

Kalum De Silva

Managing Director

Kalum De Silva is an experienced Private Equity professional in Australia.. Kalum is the Managing Director of Southern Cross Capital, and he is on the boards of many other businesses in Artificial Intelligence, IT and Education including his role as the Managing Director of Australasian Academy (AA).

Kalum has qualifications and experience covering mergers and acquisitions, business development and finance having graduated from QUT, Brisbane with Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting degrees. Kalum is a fully qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) in Australia.

Further, he was instrumental in setting up the Sri Lanka Australia Chamber of Commerce as the Founding President. In his many roles he adds value as an astute operator with an ability to develop and execute strategy and achieve impact with local partners and global networks.

Ms. Naima Markar

Director/Academic Director

Naima Markar is a passionate educator and has been active in the education industry for over 15 years. She has extensive qualifications including a Bachelor of Education (Adults in the Workplace) and a Master of Business (International Business) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia as well as a Diploma in Business Administration and Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

In the role of Academic Director, Naima is responsible for the educational programs that AA is conducting. She coordinates with our partner institutions around the world to implement training programs to cater for various needs of the Hospitality Industry. She also work with the Sri Lankan Hospitality Industry to design tailored programs to suit local needs.

Naima brings with her a wealth of experience in teaching Business, Management and Leadership at University, International Colleges, Private Colleges and Industry in Australia, Sri Lanka, and China. These cross-border experiences have strengthened her ability to communicate in different cultural environments, ensuring effective communication with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Sujendra Mather


Sujendra is currently the CEO/Head of Investment Banking at Asia Securities Advisors Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this, he was a co-founder and Managing Director of York Street Partners Pvt. Ltd., a leading boutique Investment Banking firm in Sri Lanka. Previously, Sujendra has had over 15 years of international Investment Banking and Corporate Finance experience working with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, John Keells Holdings PLC and Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance in the US, Sri Lanka, and Singapore, respectively.

Sujendra has successfully managed and lead several billion dollars of Mergers & Acquisitions, Fund Raising, Restructuring and Strategic Advisory transactions in the North America and Asia Pacific regions across the Consumer, Retail, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Technology and Mining sectors. He has acted both as a key strategic advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs as well as a principal investor throughout his career. Also, Sujendra is a board member of several publicly listed and private companies in Sri Lanka and overseas. Sujendra received a B.A. in Economics-Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College in California, USA

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