Ajith Nivard Cabraal


AJITH NIVARD CABRAAL is the 16th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka with effect from 15th of September 2021. Prior to the appointment, he was the State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms since 12th August 2020. He was the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister on Economic Affairs from November 2019 to August 2020.

Cabraal was also the 12th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from July 2006 to January 2015. During that period, he functioned as:

     - Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund  
     - Chairman of the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Board of Governors
     - Chairman of the SAARC Central Bank Governors Forum

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession, having qualified as one of the youngest Chartered Accountants in Sri Lanka, while winning many prizes at the Chartered Accountancy examinations.

During the period he served as the 12th Governor, he transformed the Sri Lankan economy from a GDP of USD 24 billion to USD 79 billion, and to being a safe, stable and fast-growing middle income emerging market nation. He also provided leadership to several heavily over-subscribed International Sovereign Bond issues. Under Governor Cabraal’s guidance, Sri Lanka was able to maintain sound and stable macro-economic fundamentals, with inflation being contained at low levels, and financial system stability being achieved in a time of severe global uncertainties and turmoil.

Cabraal was previously the Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs and Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation, and closely associated in the development of the Policy Framework and Development Plan of the Government. He served on the Board of Strategic Enterprises Management Agency, and as a Member of the Government Team that participated at the Geneva Talks with the LTTE in February 2006. 

Prior to his state appointments, Cabraal functioned as a Consultant specialising in Business Revival and Turnarounds, Planning and Corporate Governance. He also served as the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and the South Asian Federation of Accountants. Cabraal was an Eisenhower Fellow in the year 2000 Multi-Nation Program, as well. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the President of the St. Peter's College Old Boys Union while in 2019, he was honoured by the  Ramanya Maha Nikaya with the title "Desha Keerthi Lanka Puthra" for his outstanding services to the country and the economy.

Governor Cabraal is the author of the books, “Towards a Sri Lankan Renaissance” (2002), "ලක් මවට මුතු පොටක්" (2004), and "The Great Bondscam Cover-up" (2019). 

He is a voracious reader, an eloquent speaker, and a person with many unique insights and experiences.