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Neville Ubesinghe Jayawardena, Sri Lankan banker. Fellow Royal Statistical Society; member Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science, Center Cultural Fund.


Jayawardena, Neville Ubesinghe was born on February 25, 1908 in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Son of Diyonis Ubesinghe and Podinona (Gajaweera) Jayawardena.


Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors, London School of Economics, 1932.


With Government Clerical Service. Staff assistant Department Commerce and Industry, 1932. Commissioner commodity purchase, commissioner war risks insurance, director general war supplies, during World World War II.

Senator, 1957-1962; additional controller finance and supply (economics). Member National Planning Council, 1958-1961. Examiner in economics Civil Service Examination.

Successively controller exchange, deputy governor, governor Center Bank, deputy governor, 1950, governor, 1953. Founder, president Mercantile Credit Ltd., since 1956. Chairman Sampath Bank Ltd., Union Assurance Ltd.

Chairman, board directors Mercantile Finance Services Ltd., Mercantile Finance Brokers Ltd., Mercantile Stock Brokers Ltd., Mercantile Leasing Ltd., Mercantile Brokers Ltd., Mercantile Shipping Company Ltd., Mercs-Ballast-Nedam (Ceylon) Ltd., Lanka Carbons Ltd.; president Allied Investments Ltd., Premier Investments Ltd., Allied Trust Ltd., Allied Holdings Ltd., Genuine Gems Ceylon) Ltd., Colombo Agencies Ltd., Mercantile Tours (Ceylon) Ltd., Polychems. Ltd., Mercs Conventions (Lanka) Ltd., Premier Engineers (Metalock) Ltd.

Senior partner Yanub Agencies, Allied Floral Enterprises. Board directors Exotica Resorts Lanka Ltd., Mercantile Merchant Bank Ltd., Nasio Chemicals Ltd., Vavasseur Trustees Ltd., Vavasseur Shipping Agencies Ltd., Ceylon Career Apparel Ltd., Omega Holdings Ltd., Associated Hotels Ltd., Union Carbide Lanka Ltd., Eveready Battery Company Lanka (private) Ltd., Ruhunu Hotels and Travels Ltd., Colombo Securities Exchange Ltd.


Fellow Royal Statistical Society. Member Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science, Center Cultural Fund.


Married Gertrude Mildred Wickremasinghe (deceased). Children: Lalith Roxley, Ainsley Nimal, Yasodha Neiliya. Married Amybelle Millicent de Silva, September 21, 1961.

Diyonis Ubesinghe Jayawardena

Podinona (Gajaweera) Jayawardena

Gertrude Mildred Wickremasinghe

Amybelle Millicent de Silva

Lalith Roxley Jayawardena

Ainsley Nimal Jayawardena

Yasodha Neiliya Jayawardena