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Lankan intellectuals return back

Tharindra Gooneratne
Tharindra Gooneratne

Many top Sri Lankan white collar and CEO’s workers based overseas have started returning back to Sri Lanka leaving their lucrative career behind as they see more emerging opportunities in Sri Lanka.

They observe that there is better management and control of COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka and this too is another reason for them to come back to Sri Lanka. Many also feel that when it comes to treatment in C-19 foreigners and especially Africans and Asian are cold shouldered in some of the western countries.”

“With rapid development taking place we see opportunities for people like us to come back to Sri Lanka and work and share our experience, said 29 year old Tharindra Gooneratne presently working as an Investment Banking Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in New York,.

Before taking wing to the USA, Gooneratne worked for National Development Bank Securities and Good Hope Asia.

As an Associate in the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Gooneratne has been involved in multiple transactions including ‘Buy-Side’ advisory on the acquisition of Jack’s Family Restaurants by AEA Investors, a transformational convertible bond offering for a leading apparel retailer, and multiple financings (both Investment Grade and High Yield).

Client coverage includes Walmart, Target, Gap, Darden Restaurants, Ulta Beauty, Hanesbrands, Tyson Foods and other high profile players.

Gooneratne is an experienced Investment Banking Associate with a demonstrated history of working in Financial Services and Corporate Strategy. He Graduated from Yale School of Management (USA), with a ‘Masters’ in Business Management and was chosen from his batch to deliver the commencement speech.

Gooneratne is an ACMA (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK) and was ranked fourth in the world for financial accounting and tax principles in the CIMA examinations. In addition, he obtained the Sri Lanka prize for Business Strategy and the Sri Lanka prize for TOPCIMA, the youngest to achieve the feat in Sri Lanka to date.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and obtained his CFA Charter. He also completed a BSc (Hons) in Business Management at the University of Wales, obtaining a First Class and topping the batch.

“To share my experience and knowledge I have been writing to many Sri Lankan business magazines regularly mainly focusing on finance, economics and politics.