Mr. John Rohan Upali De Silva


Mr. Rohan De Silva has over forty-one years of experience in management, in the mercantile and government sector. He is a specialist in shipping, marine and hotel business processes with a vast knowledge in the implementation of pioneering ventures and the innovation of professional services.

Mr. De Silva is currently the Chairman of the McLarens Group of Companies, one of the well-recognized diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka. He holds the title of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Namibia in Sri Lanka. Mr. De Silva is a Director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of Ports & Shipping. He is a member of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission. He is also a member of the Ceylon Association of Ships Agents Advisory Committee and a Member of Expert Committee to Evaluate the Environmental Impact of the X Press Pearl Vessel Fire.

In the past, he served as a member of the Presidential Task Force to formulate shipping policy, a Director of Sri Lanka Telecom, a Director of Road Development Authority and Director of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited. Mr. De Silva also served on the Audit Committee of Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited. Mr. De Silva also served as a member of the Advisory Council on Ports, Shipping and Maritime Affairs of the Ministry of Ports & Shipping. He also served as a Nonexecutive / Independent director at HDFC Bank.

Mr. De Silva has received several awards recognizing his services and contribution to the Sri Lankan Shipping Industry including a special award at the Colombo International Maritime Conference 2015 and special recognition as a ‘Shipping Personality’, by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK – Sri Lanka Branch. He was also awarded the “Central Bank Governor’s Challenge Trophy – 2012” for Global Commerce Excellence.

Mr. De Silva is an avid sportsman who has excelled in both Motor racing and Badminton at the local and international level. He is the President of Sri Lanka Badminton Association. He also supports and sponsors many Badminton and Motor Racing Tournaments in Sri Lanka and contributes to the development of these sports in the county.