Corporate Partners

Corporate Partners are part of CIMA’s prestigious business network and form a distinct group of companies with a passion for excellence and desire to take part in the development of globally-competitive, transformational leaders and integrated thinkers.   

This strategic partnership plays a crucial role in shaping the future of global business.

Corporate partners enjoy engaging with and recruiting CIMA talent, mentoring future leaders, networking with like-minded business executives, supporting innovation in the accounting profession and exchanging insights for the future through lively dialogues. 

Learn more about our Corporate Partners for 2019:



Unilever’s vision is to make ‘Sustainable Living Common Place’ Incorporated in 1938, today Unilever Sri Lanka (USL) is home to 29 brands that are household names in Sri Lanka. A fast moving consumer goods company, our operations include Home Care, Personal Care and Foods - ranging from fabric cleaning to skin cleansing, tea to water purifiers, and beauty to oral care. Unilever's brands run virtually the entire gamut of requirements, and are customised to suit the Sri Lankan consumer. 

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News1st logo

News1st is Sri Lanka's most influential news brand coming under MTV Channel Private Limited, a company in the Capital Maharaja group - - which engages in groundbreaking investigative journalism, and news programming, and provides islandwide coverage on television through 3 channels, as well as radio through 5 channels, in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages.
One of its most successful humanitarian initiatives has been Gammadda, which has also been internationally recognised by the United Nations, for outstanding private sector contribution to rural development in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier for Sri Lanka and a member of the one world alliance, is an award-winning airline with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality.
Launched in 1979, the airline's hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo providing convenient connections to its global network (including codeshare partners) of 111 destinations in 48 countries around the world. Its direct route map covers major cities across the Europe, Australia, Middle East, India, South East Asia and the Far East. The Airline operates an all Airbus fleet including a state-of-the-art A330-300 and modern A320/321neo fleet.
As a member of the reputed Oneworld airline alliance, SriLankan offers its passengers the convenience of over 1000 destinations across the alliance’s network of 160 countries.
The Airlines’ latest awards include, the World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean, Asia’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean and Asia’s Leading Marketing Campaign at World Travel Awards 2018.
Enjoy the inherent Sri Lankan warmth hospitality when you fly to your favourite destination with SriLankan Airlines.

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Aitken Spence PLC

Aitken Spence is a highly diversified conglomerate with a rich history spanning nearly two centuries. With a reach into almost every key sector in the economy, Aitken Spence has pioneered and excelled in a breadth of industries, maintaining a position of leadership in many operations locally and internationally.

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Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited

A farmer-owned co-operative with headquarters in New Zealand, Fonterra delivers dairy nutrition every day in more than 100 countries around the world. Our purpose is to make Sri Lanka a happier and healthier nation. We deliver high quality dairy solutions to people across Sri Lanka through much-loved brands like Anchor, meeting the nutritional needs of consumers across life-stages. We are also committed to creating a thriving Sri Lankan dairy industry through end to end solutions that create happier and prosperous dairy communities.

Hayleys PLC

Hayleys Group, one of Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent blue-chip, diversified conglomerates, is committed to deriving the best value from the island’s resources and converting these in to the world-class productions and service. We span a portfolio of globally competitive businesses under the sectors of Eco Solutions, Hand Protection, Purification, Agriculture, Plantations, Transportation and Logistics, Textiles, Constructions Materials, Consumer Products, Leisure, Industry Inputs and Power & Energy, BPO and Shared Services.

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John Keells Holdings

John Keells Holdings PLC is one of the largest listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange, with the corporate vision of Building business that are leaders in the region. JKH businesses are primarily in the industries of Transportation, Leisure, Property, Consumer Foods and Retail, Financial Services, Information Technology and Plantation Services.

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Sarva Colombo

We at Sarva Colombo believe that Continuous Growth is the key to success and our passion is to use our creative abilities to deliver growth to our clients. We do so through our deep understanding of the local consumer and the intimate knowledge of the Sri Lankan market. From creative cooks to short film directors, from EDM music composers to authors, from temple mural artists to award winning photographers, our creative team comes from varied backgrounds but share a common passion of creating effective communication campaigns that deliver true growth to you.

Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd

INSEE Cement is a member of the Siam City Cement Company, a leading cement manufacturer in Southeast Asia, founded in 1969 in Thailand. The Company manufactures INSEE branded cement, construction aggregates and solutions which are marketed in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, in addition to Thailand. Its cement manufacturing complex in Saraburi, Thailand is the largest in the world offering greater manufacturing capability to the region. 

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Wijeya Newspapers Ltd

Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. (WNL) commenced operations in 1980 with two Sinhala weeklies. These were followed in 1983 by another Sinhala weekly for young men - after, was born the Lanka Woman- a women's journal in English. In 1986, the company expanded its publishing activities by acquiring several newspaper titles form the then defunct Times of Ceylon Ltd. Two Sunday newspapers, the Sunday Lankadeepa in February 1986 and the Sunday Times on 7 June 1987. The success of these two newspapers led to WNL's first daily newspaper in 1991 - the Lankadeepa which provided its readers with a fresh product everyday. Lankadeepa has won the most popular newspaper of the year award for the 10th  consecutive time in 2016 conducted by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing together with AC Neilson Introduced in January 1999 as the Mid Week Mirror, the English tabloid became a Daily in June 1999. Today as a broad sheet, it remains the most popular daily with its own distinctive style of writing and presentation that makes easy reading. 

Today WNL runs the most modern newspaper printing operating in Sri Lanka with five print production lines. WNL was able to win the National Cleaner Production Awards-2009 awarded by National Cleaner Production Centre – Sri Lanka.

WNS Global Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

WNS is a leading global business process management company that offers business value to 350+ global clients, employing over 35,000 professionals across 53 delivery centers worldwide. WNS Sri Lanka employs over 700 high-end finance & accounting and legal professionals providing Financial and Accounting BPM services to several global organizations.

Akbar Brothers Ltd.

Akbar Brothers Private Ltd is internationally recognized as the largest production and marketer of Ceylon tea products in the world. The company is recognized for its grounded culture and traditional values  that lays down the very foundation for their integrity in the way they operate. The Akbar Tea Company has won several awards for outstanding export performance, including "Presidential Export Awards for the Best Sri Lankan Brand Exporter", award for the "Highest Foreign Exchange Earner" in the Tea Sector  and "Exporter to the Largest Number of Destinations" among numerous other accolades. Akbar brothers is now a diversified conglomerate with a firm presence in the sectors of renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, Trading, Agriculture, logistics, Property Development and environmental Services. Today, The Akbar brothers Group is proudly celebrating its 50th year of existence, a major milestone  reflecting on their humble yet powerful journey of integrity, excellence and traditional values.

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Blue Ocean Apartments


Blue Ocean Group of Companies, has evolved over the years to become a versatile conglomerate, and adopts an inspired namesake from the “Blue Ocean Strategy”; one that describes growth and profit. With a diverse portfolio Blue Ocean Group has today grown into a formidable leader and trendsetter several industries including real estate, construction, engineering, trading, education and corporate consultancy.

The group operate under the leadership of the Founder and Chairman Mr. Thumilan. He is one of the most successful visionary entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka who holds the prestigious membership of the CA Sri Lanka, CIMA (UK), ACCA (UK) and CPA (AUS).

The Group has been recently crowned as “Sri Lanka’s Best Developer” for the year 2017 in Singapore together with other awards for Interior design, Condo architecture design and Sustainable development. In addition, the Group won the “Asia’s Greatest Brands & Leaders Award 2017, competing Asia’s 100 prominent brands.

Blue Ocean Group of Companies – Leading the Way to the Future….


Fortude is a part of the Brandix Group, a global conglomerate and leading apparel supplier. Fortude delivers Infor M3, Infor BI, Business Intelligence Services, and Enterprise Software Development Services. Fortude has grown into a team of extensively qualified, multi-skilled and experienced professionals, working in offices in USA, Australia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. Fortude maintains a proven track record of delivering customer value and maintaining customer relationships.

HSBC Electronic Data Processing Lanka (Pvt) Limited

HSBC Electronic Data Processing Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (HSBC’s Global Service Centre) commenced operations in April 2004 to deliver high quality financial and professional services to the Group’s global operations and businesses.

It has over 2,500 employees functioning to provide services to the HSBC Group across the world in over 60 countries. It supports Consumer & Wholesale Banking operations, Financial Crime Compliance Operations, Global Banking and Markets Operations which is professional and knowledge-based services. HSBC Global Service Centre is one of the largest Business Process Management organization in Sri Lanka.


LankaClear is the operator of Sri Lanka’s National Payment Network LankaPay, which functions under the guidance and supervision of the Central Bank. Facilitating all domestic interbank payments and settlements, LankaClear provides a pivotal service to the country’s banking and financial sector by implementing a secure and a robust payments backend. Thus, the company has contributed immensely towards the national economy by bringing in greater autonomy to the entire financial system while saving substantial amount of  foreign exchange for the country. Since 2002, LankaClear has played a pioneering role in changing the payments landscape in the country by introducing faster, convenient, secure and affordable technology based payment options, thus, making financial services more affordable to a larger segment of the population, thereby harnessing financial inclusivity.

Nestlé Lanka PLC

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. We are driven by our purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, and guided by our values, which are rooted in respect. This includes respect not just for ourselves but also respect for others, for diversity and for the future.
Nestlé has a global history of over 150 years and has been a part of Sri Lanka for more than 110 years. We have more than 2,000 brands worldwide ranging from global icons Nescafé or Maggi to local favourites like Nestomalt.
We are Sri Lanka’s largest private-sector collector of fresh milk and one of the world’s largest exporters of coconut milk powder. We are one of the top five most valuable companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization.
We pride ourselves on local manufacturing, using mainly local ingredients at our state-of-the-art factory in Kurunegala. Our portfolio comprises some of the country’s best loved brands, benefiting from our R&D network, global expertise in nutrition, and stringent quality control procedures. We provide direct employment to over 800 people in Sri Lanka whilst contributing to the livelihoods of over 20,000 local farming families. We were crowned Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen in the Manufacturing Sector by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and 2018, and were ranked Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Food and Beverage company in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the LMD Most Respected Entities Publication.

Sampath Bank Ltd

Sampath Bank has established itself among the pinnacles of Banking and Finance institutions, surpassing a majority of financial institutions and led by the incorporation of an innovative and progressive approach to conventional banking. In turn, this has ranked Sampath Bank as the 3rd largest private commercial bank in Sri Lanka, with over 229 inter-connected branches and 394 ATMs located island wide.

Seylan Bank PLC


Established in 1987, Seylan Bank ‘The Bank with a Heart’ operates with a vision to offer the ultimate banking experience to its valued customers and is evolving rapidly with new technology, innovative products and services to set a new benchmark in the banking sector. The Bank has expanded its footprint across the country covering crucial locations and has a growing clientele of SME’s, Retail, and Corporate customers.


DFCC Bank PLC is a fully fledged commercial bank, originally established in 1955 as the pioneering Development Finance Institution in the country. It offers a comprehensive range of retail and development banking solutions delivered through its island-wide network and remains committed to advancing financial inclusion in the country.


FriMi is a revolutionary, fully-fledged digital bank, payments platform and lifestyle partner powered by Nations Trust Bank. Combining digital bank, wallet and payment system in one convenient app, FriMi provides its users with unique features such as opening a savings account with up to 7% interest, make payments at merchants, send & receive money, pay all your bills, send gifts to your loved ones and enjoy the best offers.

People's Bank

People's Bank is a state-owned commercial bank in Sri Lanka. The Bank's headquarters are located in Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Street in Colombo and was established on July 1, 1961.

The bank has a network of 737 local branches and Service Centers with 500+ own ATMs & Self Banking Units.

London Stock Exchange


London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is an international markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. The Group can trace its history back to 1698. The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS ( a European fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). Through its platforms, LSEG offers market participants, unrivalled access to Europe’s capital markets. The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, enabling companies, including SMEs, to access funds for growth and development. Through FTSE Russell, the Group is a global leader in financial indexing, benchmarking and analytic services with over $16 trillion benchmarked to its indexes. The Group also provides customers with an extensive range of data services, research and analytics through The Yield Book, Mergent, SEDOL, UnaVista, XTF and RNS. Post trade and risk management services are a significant part of the Group’s business operations. In addition to majority ownership of LCH, a multi-asset global CCP operator, LSEG owns CC&G, the Italian clearing house and Monte Titoli, a leading European custody and settlement business. LSEG Technology develops and operates high performance technology solutions, including trading, market surveillance and post trade systems for over 40 organisations and exchanges, including the Group’s own markets. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,500 people. Further information on London Stock Exchange Group can be found at The Group’s ticker symbol is LSE.