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Dr. Pradeep Uluwaduge

Having counted over twenty years of versatile experiences in the fields of Human Resource Management and Development, Legal & Corporate Affairs and Plantations, both in Sri Lanka and overseas, Dr. Pradeep Uluwaduge currently performs as the Executive Chairman of Browns Plantations, the plantation cluster under LOLC Group which operates in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and China. Also, he performs as the Group Chief HR Officer of LOLC Group overseeing Human Resource Management and Development functions of the entire Group covering both local and foreign operations. Further, he serves on a number of boards of other subsidiary companies under LOLC Group.

Dr. Uluwaduge obtained his Ph.D in Management and Business Studies at the Faculty of Management and Finance of the University of Colombo. He also completed his Master of Laws (LL.M) degree and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Colombo. He took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law from the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka in 2003.

Dr. Uluwaduge is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), UK and a member of Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA), USA. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the UK and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) from the Australian Federation University. He is a life member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and a Member of the prestigious Singapore Academy of Law and a professional member of the Singapore Human Resource Institute.

He was awarded as the Best under 40 Business Leader by the Alumni Association of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in 2016 and he served as a Council Member of the National Chamber of Commerce from 2017 to 2023. He is a visiting faculty for the MBA programme, University of Colombo and a visiting supervisor for M.Phil/Ph.D Programme of the Business School, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). Further, he has made scholarly contributions in publishing research articles in national and international journals. He is passionate about gardening, shooting sport and collecting antiques.

Thomas Frank

In 2023 Tom was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors at ETP (Ethical Tea Partnership) - tea’s global membership organisation - catalysing systemic change to benefit everybody who works in tea. Prior to this Tom was the Group Chief Executive of Camellia Plc, the world's largest private grower of tea with estates in India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Malawi, and co-chair of the Global Tea Coalition.

Since his appointment Tom has used his long experience as a producer to bring together all elements of the tea supply chain for the benefit of everyone that works in the industry. This is being done at both an international level, but also country by country to address some of the most difficult issues facing the sector. No one party can resolve all of these issues but a willing partnership of producers, packers, retailers and governments can make significant strides for the benefit of all those working in the industry.

Dr. Madhuri Nanda

Dr. Nanda is an environmental and sustainability professional working for last two decades in diverse fields, including climate change, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, policy analysis, sustainability reporting, auditing, management systems certification, compliances, and environment impact assessment studies. She has worked on environmental and social issues in diverse geographies, including South Asia, South-East Asia and Germany, which enriches her exposure to domestic and international business cultures.

Currently, Dr. Nanda provides leadership and manages the strategic planning and implementation of all activities of Rainforest Alliance in South Asia, mainly India and Sri Lanka. She did her doctorate in Environment Science with her principal field studies undertaken in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Shreedharan Chandran

Mr. Shreedharan Chandran is the President of The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (UPASI), an Apex Organisation of the Plantation Industry consisting of Tea, Rubber, Coffee and Cardamom Plantations in the three southern States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Mr.Shreedharan is a Director with the Woodbriar Group, having tea gardens in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal with interests in other plantation crops, Insurance and Hospitality. Woodbriar group produces over 15 million kgs of tea per annum. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering program from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, Mr.Shreedharan held several key positions in the Planting Associations in Southern India before being elected as President of UPASI. He has been in the Executive Committee of UPASI since 2006- 07. He was the Chairman of Planters’ Association of Tamil Nadu for the year 2010-11 & 2011-12. He held the position of Convener of the Golden Leaf India Awards: Southern Tea Competition conceived by the Tea Board of India and UPASI from 2010-11 to 2013-14, and Chairman of UPASI Tea Committee for the period 2019-20 to 2021-22. He is also Past Chairman of Coimbatore Tea Trade Association.

Mr. Nicola Ragno

Born in Mariano Comense – Como – Italy in 1976, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2000. He began working in the Oil & Gas industry as a Junior Mechanical Engineer in the Foster Wheeler machinery department.

Move to Research and Development; first in the Automotive sector where he worked for Seatek S.p.A.. Here he dealt with the development of racing marine engines; then in the Tissue sector where he works for Novatex Italia S.p.A.. Here he dealt with the optimization and development of machines and lines for the production of agricultural net wrap made of HDPE.

He has been working in the Packaging sector for 18 years. The first 12 years in secondary packaging for Cama Group where he joined as Project Manager, then became R&D manager and finally moved to Technical Management.

He has now been with IMA for 6 years, where he works as Technical Director and Research and Development Manager for the IMA Ilapak division, a company in the IMA group that deals with the design of HFFS machines and lines. Also under his responsibility is the IMA OpenLab, a research and development network of technological laboratories and testing areas, dedicated to the research on sustainable materials, technologies and production optimisation processes.

Niraj de Mel

Niraj de Mel, the present Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board needs no introduction having been associated with the tea industry for over 45 years. He has been a tea broker, buyer, administrator and mentor.
During his career, he has held many top level positions in the trade as well as in Tea related associations.
This is his second stint at the helm of the Tea Board having held the position back in 2004 - 2005.

Dr. Sharon Hall

Dr Sharon Hall is the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA), a role she took on in 2018. Her previous roles include Director General of both the Potato Processors’ Association (PPA) and the Snack, Nut & Crisp Manufacturers’ Association (SNACMA), where she gained extensive experience of high-level stakeholder engagement, strategic leadership, communications and issues management. She is also President of Tea & Herbal Infusions Europe (THIE) and chairs THIE’s EU Green Deal Steering Group and the Plastics & Packaging Working Group. Dr Hall also represents THIE on environmental and sustainability matters at FoodDrinkEurope. Dr Hall had the honour of chairing of the United Nations, FAO-Intergovernmental Group on Tea (2022-2024) and now co-chairs the IGG Sustainability Pillar with Kenya. Dr Hall has an honours degree in Applied Biology, a Masters in Science Communication, and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (Plant Science).

Prof. Buddhi Marambe

Professor Buddhi Marambe has more than 38 years of experience as an academic attached to the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya. He was acclaimed with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International Weed Science Society (IWSS) in 2022, and Presidential Awards and National Research Council (NRC) Merit Awards in Sri Lanka for scientific research in Climate Change Adaptation, Food Security and Weed Science. Professor Marambe was the Lead Government Negotiator in Agriculture at the Conference of Parties at UNFCCC for the past 12 years. While being an academic, he has served as a non-executive member on boards of several private sector organizations and the councils/executive committees of many professional associations. Professor Marambe has provided his services as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, EU, UNDP, FAO, WFP, UNEP, ICRAF, and CIAT on issues related to agriculture and climate change at national and international levels.

Ms. Kristina Tucker

Kristina Richens Tucker believes in the beauty and power of the leaf. In her role at The Republic of Tea, her mission is to educate and inspire people throughout the world about tea, its varieties, origins, rituals and health benefits.

Kristina is responsible for overseeing the internal and external communications, public relations and philanthropic efforts for The Republic of Tea. She also serves as the company’s spokesperson.

Kristina brings over 25 years of experience to her role. She began with the company in January 2003 as Minister of West Commerce and was promoted to Minister of Education in August 2007, where she developed the first, much-appreciated Ambassador (broker) Training Manual and completed the first tea educational videos as seen on YouTube. She was then promoted to Minister of Commerce, where she is responsible for management of the national sales team, international sales development, sales systems, analysis and new business development and initiatives. In 2021, she was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Communications.

Prior to joining The Republic of Tea, Kristina was National Sales Manager, Natural Foods, for Just Desserts, Inc., Oakland, Calif. She also worked for Allegro Coffee Company in Boulder, Col., a subsidiary of Whole Foods Markets, Inc.

Kristina travels extensively, counting the finest tea and herb growing countries of the world – including China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and South Africa – among her many destinations. She also holds a certificate of completion from Front Range Herbal Institute and Specialty Tea Certification program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delaware, and in 2020 obtained a master’s degree in strategic communication from the prestigious American University in Washington D.C.

In 2018, Kristina was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association and in 2022, she was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She served on the Demeter USA Biodynamic Trade Committee. She also served as the Board President of Fresh Start, a Denver, Colo. non-profit, from 2010 to 2016.

In addition to tea and travel, she enjoys fitness, sustainable living and cooking. Kristina resides in Denver, Colorado and starts each day with a cup of Golden Yunnan or Double Green Matcha Tea.

About The Republic of Tea:
The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its great-tasting premium teas and herbs, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand delivers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, and nature-inspired sipware at an incredible value. The Republic of Tea’s collections boast over 350 all-natural premium teas and diverse offerings which include but are not limited to: Beautifying Botanicals®, organic SuperAdapt™ Teas, organic SuperHerb® Teas, Be Well® Teas, Bridgerton Teas, Downton Abbey® Teas, and organic Single Sips®. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports organizations like Homeward Bound of Marin and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The Republic of Tea also works to elevate the consciousness of sustainability; it is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, Upcycled Food Association, Climate Collaborative and American Herbal Products Association. Certifications include Demeter USA Certified Biodynamic®, Gluten-Free certification, Non-GMO Project verification, OU Kosher certification, and USDA Organic certification.

Mr. Sanjaya Herath

Mr. Ganaka Herath

Mr. Shiraz Akbarally

Shiraz Akbarally is an executive director at Akbar brothers pvt Ltd, the worlds premier exporter of Ceylon tea.
He holds a bachelor of engineering with honours from the university of Melbourne, and a MBA from the INSEAD Business school.
Part of the 4th generation of family in the tea trade, he leads the group efforts in automation, technology and sustainability. Akbar brothers group has continuously strived to be the leader in human and environmental friendly business, this includes their facility being the first in Asia to be certified as 100% Carbon Inset.
in addition to his role within the company, Shiraz also sits on the board of other companies including sunshine healthcare, cleanco Lanka limited, Flexiprint and ethical extracts.

Mr. Sebastian Michaelis

Dr. Roshan Rajadurai

Roshan Rajadurai joined the Plantation Sector in 1983 and counts over 40 years of planting experience. He started off as an Assistant Manager at Dayagama West Estate, Agarapathana in JEDB and with privatization in 1992 he joined Kelani Valley Plantations of Hayleys and was Group Manger of Pedro Estate, Nuwara Eliya in 2002 when he joined Kahawatta Plantations of Dilmah as General Manager and was Director CEO from 2008 to 2012. He re-joined Hayleys in 2013 as Hayleys Group Management Committee Member for Plantations Sector and is responsible for Kelani Valley, Talawakelle and Horana Plantations.

Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda

Rohan Pethiyagoda, is among Sri Lanka’s best-known biodiversity scientists. He is the author of eight books and more than 100 scientific papers in international scientific journals. His research, which has been widely recognized internationally, led to the discovery of some 100 new species of animals endemic to Sri Lanka. A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, he remains the only Asian to have won the Linnean Medal for Zoology since its inception in 1888. He is also a winner of the Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work on montane forest restoration. He has served as Advisor on Environment and Natural resources to the Government of Sri Lanka, as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, as a trustee of the International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, as a member of the World Commission on National Parks, as a member of the Global Amphibian Specialist Group, and as a research associate of the Australian Museum in Sydney. He has also served extensively in the public service in Sri Lanka, as Director, Biomedical Engineering Services of the Ministry of Health, Chairman of the Water Resources Board, and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

Mr. Dilhan Fernando

Mr. Rajith De Mel

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Mr. Mitsunori Saeki

Trincomalee

Trincomalee, located on the northeastern coast of Sri Lank. The city is known for its deep natural harbor, one of the largest and most strategically important in the world. Trincomalee is home to a diverse population, including Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims, contributing to a rich cultural tapestry. Nilaveli Beach, a pristine sandy beach known for its clear blue waters, ideal for swimming and water sports. Additionally, Pigeon Island National Park stand out as a marine reserve with vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and excellent snorkeling opportunities.

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Pasikuda

Pasikuda is a coastal resort town located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for its long stretch of golden sandy beaches. The shallow and calm waters make it an ideal destination for swimming and water activities. The beach is particularly known for its gentle slope, allowing visitors to wade into the sea for a considerable distance. Pasikuda provides opportunities for various water sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and windsurfing. The calm seas and favorable weather conditions make it an ideal place for both beginners and experienced water sports enthusiasts.

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Arugambay

Arugam Bay is a popular coastal destination located on the east coast of Sri Lanka. It is famous for its pristine beaches with golden sands and turquoise waters. The main beach in Arugam Bay is a long stretch of coastline where you can relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the scenic beauty. One of the main attractions of Arugam Bay is its reputation as a world-class surfing destination. The bay is known for its consistent waves, making it a haven for surfers. The town has a laid-back and bohemian atmosphere, attracting surfers and travelers from around the world. You’ll find surf shops, schools, and a vibrant surf culture in the area.

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Hiriketiya

Hiriketiya, nestled along the South Coast of Sri Lanka, forms a horseshoe-shaped bay where the vibrant turquoise waters crash against a glistening golden beach, surrounded by a verdant jungle of palm trees. This secluded paradise is a magnet for a distinct group of visitors, predominantly drawing surfers, yoga enthusiasts, and creative individuals. The resulting fusion creates a lively blend of cultures in this petite coastal enclave. The harmonious coexistence of locals and expatriates has given rise to notable developments, including the establishment of Sri Lanka’s inaugural Digital Nomad co-working and living space, Verse Collective.

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Weligama

Weligama is renowned for its long, sandy beach, making it a popular destination for beach lovers. The shallow waters make it an ideal place for swimming. The area is a hotspot for surfing, attracting both beginners and experienced surfers. The waves here are suitable for those learning to surf, and there are numerous surf schools and board rental shops along the beach. The beach is often dotted with traditional stilt fishermen, providing a picturesque scene.

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna is one of the most sought-after beaches in Sri Lanka. Renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, the beach is particularly popular due to its shallow waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming. Characterized by its banana-shaped golden sandy expanse and turquoise waters, Unawatuna tends to be bustling during the day, attracting both locals and tourists. The beach provides sunbeds for rent, and numerous guesthouses line its borders, surrounded by palm trees. Beyond the beach, a road unfolds, lined with a diverse array of vendors offering a wide range of goods, including clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa, a quaint coastal town located 99 kilometers south of Colombo and 20 kilometers north of Galle, is celebrated for its picturesque beach, vibrant coral gardens, and lively nightlife. Recognized as a top tourist destination in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa captivates visitors with its mesmerizing underwater world, featuring coral reefs teeming with brilliantly hued fish. The lively coral sanctuary provides exciting possibilities for exploration, whether by navigating in a glass-bottomed boat or engaging in diving activities. Additionally, Hikkaduwa offers an ideal setting for sunbathing, snorkeling, board-surfing, and various other leisure activities.

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Temple of the Sacred tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a world-renowned place of worship, where the left Canine tooth of Gautama Buddha is enshrined. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, this temple draws thousands of local and international devotees and tourists daily. The sacred relic, brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC, has been closely tied to the island nation’s royalty, prompting the construction of magnificent temples in each kingdom to enshrine it. The temple’s architecture reflects a unique Kandyan style, combining elements from the distinctive design of the “Dalada Mandira,” the shrines that previously housed the Sacred Tooth Relic in other kingdoms. Elaborate carvings, crafted from gold, silver, bronze, and ivory, adorn the temple, making it a captivating site for visitors.

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Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Kingdom or the Ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka for three centuries between the 11th to 13th century after the destruction of Anuradhapura Kingdom in 993. It is located in north central province of Sri Lanka. Due to its archeological prominence and the ancient technological superiority UNESCO declared Polonnaruwa as a World Heritage in 1982 under the name of Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. The richness and the glamor of this kingdom are still evident. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. Ruins of Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri Vehera, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Nissanka Latha Mandapaya,

Gal Vihara, Sandakada Pahana, Parakrama Samudraya etc.

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Sacred City of Anuradhapura

The sacred city of Anuradhapura is the first ancient capital and one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. There is a vast network of ancient temples and monasteries spanning over 40 square kilometers. This city harbors the most extensive number of cultural landmarks within a single city. Many of these Buddhist temples have endured the test of time, remaining remarkably well-preserved for thousands of years. Revered as one of Sri Lanka’s most religious cities, Anuradhapura holds profound significance for Buddhist pilgrims. Among its prominent attractions are Ruwanweliseya, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Thuparamaya, Jatavanaramaya, Abhayagiriya, Lovamahapaya, Mirisawetiya, Lankaramaya, Samadhi Buddha, Mihintale, and Isurumuniya.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the central part of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most well-preserved cave temple complexes in the country and holds significant cultural, historical, and religious importance. The temple complex consists of five main caves, each adorned with a multitude of statues and paintings depicting various aspects of Buddhism. The caves are carved into a massive granite outcrop and are situated around 160 meters above the surrounding plains. The interior of the caves features a stunning collection of over 150 Buddha statues in various sizes and poses.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Lion Rock, an UNESCO world heritage site, is situated in the northern part of Sri Lanka. It stands as a solitary rock plateau that rises abruptly from the surrounding plains. Sigiriya has a rich history that dates back to the 5th century AD. The rock is adorned with a series of frescoes depicting celestial maidens, known as the Sigiriya maidens or Apsaras. These frescoes showcase the artistic prowess of the ancient Sinhalese civilization and are a major highlight of the site. A smooth, polished wall made of brick and plaster runs alongside the frescoes. This Mirror Wall was originally so well-polished that the king could see his reflection in it. Over the centuries, visitors have added inscriptions and graffiti on the wall, providing a historical record of the site. The Water Gardens, Boulder Gardens, and Terraced Gardens are among the notable features, reflecting the advanced engineering skills of the ancient builders.

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Nuwaraeliya Golf Club

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia and probably the world. It is an institution, rich in tradition, history and carries an ambience unparalleled in Sri Lanka.

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Victoria Golf Club, Digana

An exquisite 500 acre resort property that is located in the midst of scenic vistas. Digana golf course is ranked as one of the top golf courses in Sri Lanka. The course is filled with dramatic undulations and a challenging turf that even tests the skills of well-seasoned golfers.

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Royal Colombo Golf Club

The Royal Colombo Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Sri Lanka. The 130 year old Club’s history dates back to the establishment of the game of golf in Sri Lanka and over a century of sport & sporting traditions, customs, manners and styles of the British in Ceylon.

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Visit to Kanneliya Rain Forest

The last remaining rainforests in Sri Lanka. Marked as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, this veritable paradise for wildlife enthusiasts displays a wealth of flora, fauna and immense beauty. The coursing rivers of Gin Ganga and Nilwala Ganga wind their way around hills, valleys and flat landscapes and dense forest canopies protect a treasure trove of biodiverse riches. The Reserve is home to several bird species, including many endemics and an incredible diversity of mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles. Fauna includes a wide variety of medicinal and rare plants. Four spectacular must-sees in the Reserve include the cascading Anagimale Falls, an ancient tangled creeper giant creeper the height of a person, the little waterfall of Narangas Ella and a massive Nevada tree with an observation platform..

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Trek to Upper Diyaluma Water Fall

Experience the best of nature and adventure, trekking to the upper Diyaluma falls, the 2nd highest waterfall in the country. The latest thrill of Sri Lanka, it is an enthralling and challenging hike atop a 220 metre waterfall comprising several natural pools surrounded by dense jungles and landscapes of resplendent wilderness unfolding along the way.

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Visit to Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

An important bio-reserve on a hillside beside the Dalada Maligawa and spans 257 acres. Can visit three Buddhist monasteries here while trekking through the forest’s dense and diverse vegetation. The toque macaques, barking deer, and slender loris are only some of the animals’ visitors can come across, while around 80 species of birds make this a birdwatcher’s paradise.

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Visit to Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Unesco world heritage site, located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

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Mr. Dan Bolten

Dan is a distinguished publisher and content creator dedicated to fostering genuine connections within the tea community by facilitating informed, captivating discussions among thought leaders. His career spans 50 years as a reporter, writer, editor, publisher, podcaster, and blogger. He has edited urban daily newspapers, published Animation Magazine, and served as CEO of California Beverage Publications. Over the past two decades, he co-founded Natural Food Magazine. He edited Specialty Coffee Retailer in San Francisco, re-launched Tea Magazine in 2012, and managed Bangkok-based STiR Tea & Coffee Magazine for six years. Dan's commitment is evident through his contributions to World Tea News and commentary on the Tea Biz Blog he launched in 2013. He successfully crowdfunded Tea Journey Magazine in 2016. Since 2021, he has hosted the Tea Biz Blog | Podcast, delivering 175 consecutive half-hour weekly episodes and reaching a quarter million tea professionals in 106 countries each year.

Dr. Ebraham Afshar

Managing Director of Ahmad Tea, Dr Ebrahim Afshar founded the company with his two brothers in 1986. Ahmad Tea is now sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. Its headquarters in the UK are supported by a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub in the UAE and factories/packing operations in China, Poland, Ukraine and of course, Sri Lanka.

Ahmad Tea has contributed to charitable projects in 20+ countries. For example in India the company supports early years life through Children in Need India in Assam. In Sri Lanka we aim to improve the health of women in the tea gardens by providing female sanitation and better access to cancer screening in order to prevent them having to be admitted to the national state cancer hospital Razavi Medical Centre, which Ahmad Tea built in 2010.

Dr Afshar has been at the forefront of all aspects of the company – commercial and charitable – since its inception.

Dr. Ravi Fernando

Dr Ravi FERNANDO is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge having completed both a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable business in 2008 and Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership in 2014. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD Business School (France) and is an Executive in Residence since 2010. His career with Multinationals spanned 1981-2003 with Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Smithkline Beecham International, MAS covering Africa, Middle East and Asia. He serves on the Boards of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company, Aitken Spence Plantations Ltd, Aitken Spence Hotels Ltd, Melstacorp PLC, UN Global Compact, LOLC Holdings, Ceylon Graphene Technologies Ltd.

Gundega Silniece

Gundega Silniece, currently head of Latvia Tea Association, running tea wholesale, 3 tearooms and Tea and coffee studio in Riga. Last 10 years practicing as tea sommelier, arranging trainings and masterclasses for restaurants, cafes and tealovers, mostly focusing on tea pairing and mixology. National organizer of the Tea Masters Cup in Latvia from 2017. From the year 2021 started working as a local judge in the Tea Masters Cup competition. Currently developing a booking platform and mobile app for tea tourism and tea related education called TeaTeaMe. Passionate that tea education and tea tourism can solve many of the problems of the tea industry. By educating the final consumer and making them more aware of their tea consumption habits, it is possible to create a positive change in the evaluation of the contribution of tea growers and producers and in the appropriate remuneration. Passionate for supporting the role of tea culture in the hospitality sector and popularizing tea tourism and tea related education, both - online and offline. Working on the ESTA for the past two years has inspired me to develop ESTA cooperation with tea producing countries and joint efforts to raise the popularity of specialty tea culture.

Dr. Ines Kaempfer

Ines Kaempfer has been deeply engaged in child rights, labour rights issues and business and human rights in the manufacturing and agriculture industries in China and Asia for over 15 years.

As the CEO of The Centre for Child Rights and Business (formerly CCR CSR), a social enterprise that helps businesses improve their direct and indirect impact on children, Ines leads strategic design and implementation of overall operations and stakeholder engagement, working closely with major multi-national clients and partners around the world.

Mr. Aadith Moorthy

Aadith Moorthy is the founder and CEO of Boomitra, a leading carbon marketplace working with farmers and ranchers to mitigate climate change through improved agricultural practices. Aadith holds graduate degrees from Stanford and two bachelors degrees from the California Institute of Technology. He founded Boomitra while pursuing a double major in materials science and computer science, with a focus on AI. In 2023, Boomitra was awarded the Earthshot Prize, likened to winning an ‘environmental Oscar’. As a recognized thought leader in the climate and agricultural tech space, Aadith has spoken at several events, including the McKinsey & Company COP27 Panel, World AgriTech Summit, and U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit. He was also featured in the 2024 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Aadith has been named a Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholar, a Barry Goldwater Scholar, a Henry Ford II Scholar, and an American Society of Metals Scholar.

Ms. Shabnam Webber

For almost two decades, Shabnam Weber owned and operated her own tea company in Toronto, Canada. With retail stores and a wholesale business, her company was one of the first of its kind in Toronto. Her passion and love of tea led her to become involved with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada as a Director, sitting on several committees, most notably the Education Committee where she wrote the Tea Sommelier® program. Shabnam divested from her business’ and took the position of President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada in 2018. She has transformed the association through the programs and resources it offers members and become an industry leader. She is the Canadian representative on the UN FAO’s Intergovernmental Group on Tea (IGG/Tea) and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the group. She sits on several working groups of the IGG/Tea, is Co-Chair of the Advocacy pilar, Vice-Chair of the working group on Smallholders and co-Chair of the working group on Tea and Health. Shabnam values the diversity offered by all parts of the tea industry, both in Canada and beyond and focuses always on the bigger picture. Shabnam is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours degree in Political Science and holds a post-graduate diploma in Psychology.

Trek to Horton plains

Horton Plains National Park is a popular tourist destination due to its magnificent features; World’s End, which is a 3700 feet sheer drop, offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline. Other attractions include Baker’s Falls and a Chimmini Pool.

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Chronicles of Tea – Kandy /Nuwaraeliya / Sabaragamuwa

Colombo – Kandy – Nuwaraeliya – Kuruwita – Colombo (Mid & High Grown) 

Day 01 – Colombo -Kandy

    • Excursion to millennium Elephant Orphanage

(Colombo to the Millennium Elephant Orphanage – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

    • Visit Rothschild Tea Estate – Mid Grown

Tea factory and Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch

(Millennium Elephant Orphanage to Rothschild Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs)

    • Overnight stay at Earls Regency

(Rothschild Tea Estate to Earls Regency Hotel  – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr 40 mins)

Day 02 – Kandy- Nuwaraeliya

    • Excursion to Temple of the Tooth Relic

(Earl’s Regency Hotel  to the Temple of the Tooth Relic – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

    • Visit Court Lodge Tea Estate – High Grown

Tea Factory and Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Kandy to the Court Lodge Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 45 mins)

    • Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwaraeliya

(Court Lodge Tea Estate to the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

Day 03 – Nuwaraeliya  – Kuruwita – Colombo

    • En-Route visit K.D.U, Hidellana or Galpaditenna Tea Estate – Mid Grown

Tea Factory and Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Nuwara Eliya to Tea Estate in Kuruwita – Approx. Travel Time – 05 hrs 30 mins)

    • Colombo

(Kuruwita to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 03 hrs)

Chronicles of Tea – Kandy /Nuwaraeliya / Uva /Ruhuna

Colombo – Kandy – Nuwaraeliya – Ella – Mirissa – Colombo  (Low, Mid & High grown)

Day 01 – Colombo – Kandy

    • Excursion to millennium Elephant Orphanage

(Colombo to Millenium Elephant Orphanage – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

    • Visit Rothschild Tea Estate – Mid Grown

Tea factory and Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Millenium Elephant Orphanage to Rothschild Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

    • Visit Court Lodge Tea Estate – High Grown

Tea Factory and Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Rothschild Tea Estate to Court Lodge Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs)

    • Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwaraeliya

(Court Lodge Tea Estate to Heritance Tea Factory Hotel – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

Day 02 – Nuwaraeliya – Ella

    • Visit Demodara Tea Estate- Mid Grown

Tea Factory and Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Heritance Hotel to Demodara Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

    • Overnight stay at Ekho Ella/98 Acres Hotel, Ella

(Demodara Tea Estate to the Hotel in Ella – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

Day 03 – Ella – Deniyaya – Mirissa

    • Excursion to Nine Arch Bridge

(Ella Hotel to the Nine Arch Bridge – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

    • Visit Lumbini Tea Estate– Low grown

Tea Factory and Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Ella to Lumbini Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 04 hrs)

    • Overnight stay at Lantern Boutique Hotel, Mirissa

(Lumbini Tea Estate to the Lantern Boutique Hotel Mirissa – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

Day 04 – Mirissa- Colombo

    • En-route excursion to Galle Dutch Fort & Turtle Hatchery

(Mirissa Hotel to Galle Fort/ Mahamodara Turtle Hatchery – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr)

    • Colombo

(Galle to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

Chronicles of Tea – Ruhuna

Colombo – Deniyaya – Mirissa – Colombo(Low Grown)

Day 01 – Colombo – Deniyaya – Mirissa

    • Visit Lumbini /Kaley Tea Estate

Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting and Lunch
(Colombo to Tea Estate in Deniyaya – Approx. Travel Time – 04 hrs)

    • Overnight stay at Lantern Boutique Hotel, Mirissa

(Tea Estate to Lantern Boutique Hotel MIrissa- Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

Day 02 – Mirissa – Colombo

    • En-route excursion to Galle Dutch Fort & Turtle Hatchery

(Mirissa Hotel to Galle Fort/ Mahamodara Turtle Hatchery – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr)

    • Colombo

(Galle to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

Chronicles of Tea – Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Dimbula

Colombo – Kandy – Nuwaraeliya – Colombo  – (Mid & High Grown)

Day 01 – Colombo – Kandy – Nuwaraeliya

    • En-route excursion to Millennium Elephant Orphanage

(Colombo to Millennium Elephant Orphanage – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

    • Visit Rothschild Tea Estate – Mid Grown

Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting and Lunch
(Elephant Orphanage to Rothschild Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs)

    • Overnight stay at Heritance Tea Factory – High Grown

(Rothschild Tea Estate to Heritance Hotel – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr 45 mins)

Day 02 – Nuwaraeliya – Ginigathhena – Colombo

    • Visit Court lodge Tea Estate – High Grown

Tea Factory & Estate visit. Tea Tasting
(Heritance Hotel to Court Lodge Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 40 mins)

    • En-route visit Kenilworth Tea Estate – High Grown

Tea factory & Tea estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Nuwara Eliya to Kenilworth Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 15 mins)

  • Colombo 
    • Tea Estate to Colombo

(Ginigathhena to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 03 hrs 30 mins)

Chronicles of  Tea – Kandy

Colombo – Kandy – Colombo (Mid Grown)

Day 01 – Colombo – Kandy

    • Visit Rothschild Tea Estate

Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting and Lunch

(Colombo to the Rothschild Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 04 hrs 15 mins)

    • Excursion to temple of the Tooth Relic

(Tea Estate to the Temple of the Tooth Relic – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr 20 mins)

    • Overnight stay at Earls Regency

(Kandy to Earls Regency Hotel – Approx. Travel Time – 20 mins)

Day 02 – Kandy-Colombo

    • En-route excursion to millennium Elephant Orphanage

(Kandy to the Millennium Elephant Orphanage – Approx. Travel Time – 01 hr 30 mins)

    • Colombo

(Millennium Elephant Orphanage to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 02 hrs 30 mins)

Chronicles of Tea – Uva

Colombo – Ella – Colombo (Mid Grown)

Day 01 – Colombo – Ella

    • Visit Demodara Tea Estate

Factory & Tea Estate visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch
(Colombo to the Demodara Tea Estate – Approx. Travel Time – 05 hrs 30 mins)

    • Overnight stay at Ekho Ella /98 Acres hotel

(Tea Estate to the Hotel in Ella – Approx. Travel Time – 20 mins)

Day 02 – Ella – Colombo

    • En-route excursion to Nine Arch Bridge

(Hotel to Nine Arch Bridge – Approx. Travel Time – 30 mins)

    • Colombo

(Ella to Colombo – Approx. Travel Time – 06 hrs)

Chronicles of Tea – Ruhuna

Colombo – Pitigala – Colombo – (Low Grown)

Visit Athukorala Tea Estate
Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch

(Approx. Travel Time – 4 hrs 30 min)

Chronicles of Tea – Sabaragamuwa

Colombo – Delwala (via Rathnapura)- Colombo – (Low Grown)

Visit New Vithanakande Tea Estate
Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch

(Approx. Travel Time – 7 hrs)

Chronicles of Tea – Dimbula

Colombo – Ginigathhena – Colombo – (High Grown)

Visit Kenilworth Tea Estate
Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch

(Approx. Travel Time – 7 hrs)

Chronicles of Tea – Kandy

Colombo – Kandy – Colombo – (Mid Grown)

Visit Rothschild Tea Estate
Tea Estate & Factory visit. Tea Tasting & Lunch

(Approx. Travel Time – 8 hrs 30 min)