Dr. Ismail was Vice Chairman of Unilever Ceylon and presently serves as a Director on the Boards of Amana Takaful PLC, Amana Holdings Limited, Amana Global Limited and Amana Capital Limited. He holds a BSc (Hons) Degree from the University of Ceylon and a PhD from the University of St Andrews UK. He has attended the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School, and has also participated in many senior functional and general management training courses, mainly in the United Kingdom, Europe and India . He has served in various capacities in State Institutions; among them as a Director of the National Apprentice Board, and as a member of the advisory committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Research Planning Council of the CISIR, the Tertiary Vocational Education Commission and as a member of the Council of the Open University. He was Principal of Zahira College, Colombo, Chairman of the Board of the Sri Lanka Business Development Centre, Council Member of the Employers’ Federation, Chairman of the Board of Governors’ of the Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of the Colombo Districts Scouts Association, President of the Royal Colombo Golf Club and Patron of the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka.