Board Directors

Mr. S.K.L. Obeyesekere

Was a founder member of the Plantation Housing & Social Welfare Trust (PHSWT) first established on 18th September 1992 and later re-named as Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) on 10th October 2002.

Since Privatization of Plantations and the formation of Regional Plantation Companies Mr. Obeyesekere functioned as the Chief Executive Officer of two RPCs over a period of 25 years up to 2017.     He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management in Sri Lanka and counts over 48 years experience in the Industry having commenced his career as a Management Trainee and then rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Obeyesekere is a past Chairman of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon and the Plantation Employers’ Services Group of the Employers Federation of Ceylon.  He has served as an elected member of the Ceylon Rubber Traders’ Association & the Ceylon Tea Traders Association and is a nominated Council Member of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.  He is a member of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC).

He is a Board Member of Sri Lanka Tea Board, National Institute of Plantation Management, Ceylon Tea Museum, Plantation Human Development Trust and the Tea Smallholder Factories PLC of John Keells Group.

Currently he functions as the Secretary General of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon.


Mr. B. Bulumulla         

 Mr. Bhathiya Bulumulla, the Chief Executive Officer of Elpitiya Plantations PLC was appointed to the Board of   Aitken Spence Plantation Managements PLC in July, 2016 and to the Board of Elpitiya Plantations Plc in July, 2017.  He possesses over 36 years of experience in the Plantation Sector, out of which for the past 23 years he is serving at Elpitiya Plantations PLC.

Mr. Bulumulla holds a Diploma in Plantation Management from the National Institute of Plantation Management (NIPM) and holds a B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Plantation Management, awarded by the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.   He also hold a M.Sc degree in Environment Science from the Open University of Colombo.

Mr. Bulumulla is a fellow member of the National Institute of Plantation Management (NIPM) and member of the Board of Study  of  the  Wayamba University ‘s External Degree Programme  on Plantation management.

He is also an honorary member of the Board Directors of the   Rubber Research and Development Board  and  currently hold the  position of the Chairman of the Planters Association of Ceylon. 


Mr. S.P. Wijakumaran

Mr. S.P. Wijakumaran, who is representing the Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union is currently performing as the National Organizer and Senior Administrative Secretary of the Union.

He was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of LJEWU from 2003 to 2014;  Regional Director of Uva Province; Assistant Secretary of National Trade Union Federation; Treasurer of The Power Foundation; President of Sri Lanka Security Services Union.  He also, served as the Private Secretary to late Hon. K. Velayudam (Member of Parliament and Member of Uva Provincial Council) from 1990 to 2013.

He was appointed as the Assistant Secretary (T/U) of Ministry of Plantation Industries and NHDA Housing Programme Co-ordinator of LJEWU from 2017 to 2019.

and from 2021 September Senior Administrative Secretary of LJEWU

Mr. Wijakumaran represented Sri Lanka as the worker delegate at the International Labour Conference held in Geneva in 2003 and 2016.

He holds Diplomas in Trade Union Workers Education and Curriculum Development and Diploma in Political Science and Social Mobilization.


Mr. P. Sivarajah

Mr. P. Sivarajah who represented the Ceylon Workers’ Congress as the Vice President since 2007.

He has involved with the plantation sector as a proprietary during the period 1960 to 1972.  In the year 1977, Mr. Sivarajah has served as the P.A. to the late Hon. S. Thondaman and subsequently he had been appointed as the Co-ordinating Secretary in 1984 to 1999.  He is also possessed top level working experience of the Organizations of LANLIB & NEMO as the Chairman during the period from2000 to 2003.

In 2002, Mr. Sivarajah was appointed as the Deputy Mayor in Municipal Council, Nuwara Eliya, up to 2007 and then he became as the Senior Co-ordinator of the Ministry of Estate Infrastructure. He has also served as the Private Secretary to Hon. Senthil Thondaman (Uva Provincial Council) in 2009.

Presently, he is a Board Director of Tea Research Institute.


Mrs. P.D.H. Dabare

Mrs. Dharshani Dabare holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with first class grade pass from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and completed Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Kelaniya. She has also obtained a Diploma in Planning and Development from the Institute of Development Administration. In addition to that, she has also admitted as a Certified Business Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.  Further to being a member of the Sri Lanka Planning Service, she is also the Deputy Director of the Department of National Planning in the Ministry of Finance. She is entrusted with the duties pertaining to projects carried out under youth, skills, and science and technology sectors.


Mr. K.G. Punchihewa

He started his career at M/s. B R De Silva & Co. Chartered Accountants, in 1983 and was appointed as a Partner in 1991.

He was appointed as the Financial Controller of Kotagala Plantations Ltd. under M/s George Steuarts Management Services in 1992. In 1997 he was promoted as the Group Financial Controller of the George Steuarts Group of Companies and subsequently as a Director of George Steuarts Auto Supplies (Pvt) Ltd.

He re-joined the Plantation Sector as the General Manager- Finance of Kahawatte Plantations Ltd. in 2002.

In 2005 he got first overseas posting as the Financial Controller of PT Agro Bukit Indonesia and later took up the key position of Head of Finance – Plantation Operations and Business Support for the entire Indonesian operation of Good Hope Asia Group, which consisted of six Oil Palm Plantation Companies.

Mr. Punchihewa joined Lankem Tea & Rubber Plantations (Pvt) Ltd.  (LT&RP) as Director/ Deputy CEO in April, 2011 and was appointed to as the CEO of Agarapatana Plantations Ltd. in April, 2014.

In October 2016 he joined the Browns Group as the Group Chief Executive Officer  – Plantation Sector in-charge of three Regional Plantation Companies and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maturata Plantations Ltd in the same Group till July 2020.

He joined Arpico Group as the Chief Financial Officer – Plantation Sector in August 2020 and promoted as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Maskeliya Plantations PLC in February 2021 in the same Group, in addition to the post he was holding,

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Associate Member of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia.


Mr. J.A.  Rodrigo

Mr. Johann Rodrigo counts more than 37 years in the plantation trade. Commencing as an Assistant Manager under JEDB, he is presently the Director /CEO of Horana Plantations.

He currently serves as a Director at the Ceylon Tea Museum and the Plantation Human Development Trust and a former Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Nuwara Eliya, a committee member of the Ceylon Planters Provident Society and the Estate Staff Provident Society.

He has attended the Indian Business School of Hyderabad for management, trained in Japan under JESTICA and by Save the Children in Thailand on Child protection in emergencies.

He was instrumental in rolling out the child policy in the plantations with Save the children Sri Lanka, and in the mother and child friendly Tea Estate concept.


Mr. S.D. Samaradiwakara

Mr. Shanaka D Samaradiwakara commenced his career in the private sector in 1989 concluding his secondary education at Royal College, Colombo 7 and joined the Plantation sector in 1992 with JEDB.

He is a senior planter with over 2 decades of experience, managing plantations and possesses a Diploma in Plantation Management and an MBA from Horizons University, France. 

He possesses an extensive experience in the manufacture, Cultivation, Processing, Packaging, Warehousing & exporting key crops such as Tea, spices, & other export agricultural crops 

Having joined Malwatte Valley Plantations in 2014, was appointed the Director, Chief Executive Officer on 01st August 2019.

Currently he is serving as the Deputy Chairman, Plantation Services group & Council Member of the Employers Federation of Ceylon.

He is also, serving as a Board Member of the Plantation Human Development Trust ( PHDT)  & as a Member of the Plantation Sector Wages Board.


Dr (Mrs.) S. Subaskaran

Dr. (Mrs.) Saseela Subaskaran is a Consultant Community Physician, currently working as the Acting Director of Estate and Urban Health Unit of Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. Apart from her MBBS Medical Degree from University of Jaffna,  Dr. Subaskaran has Master and Doctor of Medicine Degrees from University of Colombo. She had completed overseas training for a period of two years in the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry of Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom.

She served as a Medical Officer in Colombo South Teaching Hospital and Medical Officer of Health in Mundal Medical Officer of Health area in Puttalam district. In addition, she worked in the Health Promotion Bureau and Family Health Bureau.