Sunil De Silva assumed duties as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya in June 2018. He has also served as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa and was accredited to Malawi, Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Kingdom of Eswatini.
Prior to his posting as a diplomat in 2015, Sunil De Silva was a veteran banker, spanning a career of over 40 years with extensive experience in retail and corporate credit, including loan recovery management. Sunil De Silva was attached to three Sri Lankan commercial banks, including the London branch of the Bank of Ceylon from 1988 to 1991.
Utilising his banking knowledge Sunil De Silva was also a lecturer at the Banker’s Institute of Sri Lanka for over two decades and was invited to conduct trainings at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He also authored the book “Credit Management – A Hand Book for Credit Officers” in 2016, which remains the only Sri Lankan based local textbook on the relevant subject coursework.
Sunil De Silva’s service includes his time as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mahaweli Authority in Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2010.
De Silva is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics, History, and Political Science. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from the Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri Lanka and was awarded the subject prize for “Management and Behavioural Theories” in the final examination.
De Silva remains a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and also served as a forum member of the Organisation of the Professional Associations of Sri Lanka.
A proud father of two daughters, De Silva enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife Champa.