MR. ANANDA FERNANDO is a Fellow Member of the National Institute of Plantation Management and holds Diplomas in Plantation Management, Human Rights, Diplomacy & International Relations, Conflict Resolutions and Negotiation Skills. He also serves as a Member of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Panel for monitoring Tea Auction Direct Sales and Imported Tea. Mr. Fernando counts over 41 years’ experience in the Management of Plantations having begun his planting career in 1976. He served as Superintendent of Mahagastote, Holyrood, Welimada and Somerset estates before his appointment as General Manager of Horana Plantations in 1993. He joined the Plantations of RPK Management Services (Pvt) Ltd. in 2000 where he functioned as Director-Operations for Kegalle Plantations and Maskeliya Plantations. In 2007 he joined Watawala Plantations as its Director-Operations. He was the Director/ Chief Executive Officer of New Vithanakande Tea Factory Ltd for 5 years from 2008 and thereafter served Eastern Brokers Limited as its Executive Director. Presently he is a Director of Maskeliya Tea Gardens Ceylon Ltd. He is an accredited auditor of Japanese 5S & Kaizen and an Ex-committee member of Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA). Mr. Fernando possesses international exposure in Plantation Management and Tea Manufacture, having participated and contributed in Training & Development programmes and International conferences in Japan, China, USA and Germany. He also has exposure into International Tea Markets, having participated at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions in Germany, USA and the UAE.