Chutta Ratnathicam

Chutta was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and most of his education and early work life experience was in that country. He left Sri Lanka when he was 25 years old.  He spent two years earning his MBA in the United States, spent another three years working with companies in Africa and then returned to the United States in 1977.

He is a chartered accountant and a certified management accountant.  He has an MBA from the University of Portland. He has had various positions in finance and operations and companies in Sri Lanka, Africa and the United States.  He retired from his last full-time job in 2003.  Currently he is on the Board of Directors of Franklin Resources financial services company in the Bay Area. In addition to this, He does volunteer work in Sri Lanka and in the United States, all related to business development.  He also does investing in startups in the Bay Area. He has three children and three beautiful grandchildren.

He is on the advisory board of Namaste Direct. His initial engagement with the organization had him concentrate on strategic planning. When he retired from public company life, he was looking for an opportunity to do volunteer work.

For Chutta Namaste’s profile seems to fit both his area of focus, business and business development, and its work in rural Third World countries. Chutta shared with us “ I’m gratified to be part of this organization and watch those in need and those who are willing and capable, be given an opportunity to significantly improve their livelihood by developing businesses. The methodical measurable and focused approach to helping people in Guatemala is in my opinion, a unique and laudable part of Namaste’s work”