DR. SARATH SAMARAWEERA is an Honours graduate in Mechanical Engineering with 48 years involvement in Tea Industry in Sri Lanka. He holds a Doctorate from the University of London, Imperial College of Science and Technology. He is a Chartered Engineer. As the Development Engineer of the Tea Research Institute, he was responsible for the development of first-ever Fluidized Bed Dryer for Tea. He was the Technologist and Assistant Director of the Institute till 1990. He then joined the private sector, first in South Africa and then with Tea Smallholder Factories PLC, a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC Colombo, as the Head of Operations before retiring in 2011. He was a Commissioner of the “Presidential Commission of Inquiry into problems facing the Tea Industry and Trade”, famously known as the “Kelegama Commission”. Over the decades, he has provided consultancy services to many state and industry institutions leading to improvement of tea processing sector in Sri Lanka. Last year, he was the National Consultant to the UNDP-GEF Mid Term Review of NAMA in the Energy Generation and End-User Sectors in Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Tea Research Board since 2004 and serves many of its Consultative Committees. He is an Honorary Member of the Colombo Tea Traders Association and functions the Committee as an Industry Expert. He is also an Honorary Member of Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association.