Name: Dr Kemal de Soysa
Job title: Director, country head - Sri Lanka
Sector/business area: Capital markets and analytics support to the global capital markets industry.
Size in country: More than 200 staff in Sri Lanka and more than 750 staff globally.
Organisation details: Amba Research provides investment research, analytics, marketing and middle-office support services to the global capital markets industry. Over 70 companies, including six of the top 15 global asset managers and six of the top 15 global investment banks use Amba. Amba was founded in 2003 by senior directors of research from Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. Amba has offices in New York, London, Singapore, Bangalore, Colombo and San José (Costa Rica).
‘Amba has a strong strategic relationship with ACCA,’ observes Kemal de Soysa, director and country head at Amba Research. ‘We work with our local ACCA office in recruiting staff. Some of ACCA’s brightest students and prizewinners are part of our workforce. We also have a good working relationship in terms of strategic initiatives, in pursuing opportunities that will benefit ACCA, Amba and Amba’s ACCA members and students.’
‘ACCA’s outstanding professionalism and responsiveness have been key elements in building a mutually beneficial relationship. ACCA’s curriculum in general helps our employees build a solid foundation for understanding finance and accounting,’ says de Soysa.
‘We seek out the most dynamic and exceptional professionals to join our team. We are looking for motivated men and women with outstanding track records and the drive to work alongside some of the world's leading financial services companies. We prefer candidates with experience in financial statement analysis such as qualified accountants or credit researchers.’
De Soysa continues: ‘Amba’s goal is to provide equity research services across the entire equity research cycle. The ACCA Qualification provides our employees with a solid foundation for understanding finance and accounting. This foundation is an excellent basis on which to further develop our ACCA trainees into equity research professionals who are on par with analysts on Wall Street. We have been able to successfully place ACCA hires into looking after some of our most challenging client accounts and they have never failed us.’
He concludes: ‘ACCA will continue to play a strategic role in our future.’