As Sri Lanka’s very first impact investment firm, LIIN is focused on channeling private capital to solve pressing social and environmental issues in Sri Lanka by promoting impact investing across the island. This includes actively investing in social enterprises through our impact investment funds as well as providing business development support to nurture a well-developed ecosystem of social entrepreneurs across the country.

As it stands, private equity investments in Sri Lanka go almost exclusively to larger tech startups founded in and around Colombo. A majority of Sri Lanka’s successful social enterprises are still small/medium sized enterprises and are scattered across the island and are too small to benefit from an investment through a traditional impact investment fund. However, they are also too large to be able to use a micro loan and as such have to resort to expensive funding from banks in order to access growth capital. In order to provide a solution to this problem, we’ve structured our operations in order to serve social entrepreneurs at all stages.

At the Micro Stage:
LIIN is currently a co-owner of a reality tv show ATH PAVURA which is a platform for social entrepreneurs from across the island to pitch their ideas/ businesses to a panel of high net worth individuals to receive an investment. These HNW individuals act as angel investors who, in addition to capital, facilitate market linkages and provide business development support.

At the Small/ Medium and Large Stages:
LIIN is currently in the process of raising two impact investment funds in partnership with Capital Alliance and the UNDP. The Social Impact Fund (SIF) will invest exclusively in small and medium sized social enterprises. This is the first impact investment fund of its kind in the world. The second fund, Social Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF), will invest in larger social enterprises similar to a traditional impact investment fund.

Mission
To provide knowledge and financial capital to small and medium sized social enterprises from across Sri Lanka that directly address pressing social and environmental issues through our impact investment funds.

Vision
To lower barriers to impact investing through knowledge dissemination and to facilitate the development of a robust ecosystem of social enterprises across the country.

Meet the Team

Chandula

Chandula Abeywickrema

Founder and Chairman

An accomplished and respected senior commercial banker with expertise and experience in retail and development banking, Chandula has a proven track record of over 30 years and is recognized in Asia as an expert in financial inclusion. Chandula spearheaded the retail and...

Travis

Travis Waas

Director

Travis, counts more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, having commenced his career at Lanka Orix Leasing Company Ltd in 1987. After serving Hatton National Bank Ltd and Vanik Incorporation Ltd where he set up their respective Leasing Divisions...

Travis

Jonathan Abeywickrema

Director

Jonathan is an investment banker working in the second largest private commercial bank Hatton National Bank (HNB) where he has extensive experience in capital markets, treasury and global markets. Prior to joining HNB Jonathan worked as a Finance Analyst at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and...

Puvaneswary

P. Puvaneswary

Gender Advisor

Puvaneswary Ponniah (Puva) is a development professional with 15 years of experience in program delivery in Sri Lanka during conflict, post-war and emergency situations. She has extensive technical experience in the development of gender equality and social inclusion....

Vishan

Vishan

Associate

Vishan holds a B.A. (Hons) Degree in International Business and Finance from the University of West of Scotland and is currently following the strategic level of CIMA. He is also a AAT Passed Finalist....