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Suresh Dayanath de Mel

Mr. Suresh Dayanath de Mel

Chairman, Export Development Board (EDB)


Suresh is an Entrepreneur and Agricultural Engineer and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. He is a graduate of CalPoly State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

For the past 30-years, Suresh has served as the Managing Director of Lanka Fishing Flies (Pvt.) Ltd., a pioneering export company in Sri Lanka which provides employment to over 200 in producing some of the world’s highest quality fishing flies. Business ventures which he leads include Sportfishing Lanka, a pioneering, professional sport fishing and Scuba diving tourism operation, EcoWave (Gte.) Ltd., a social enterprise supporting 300 home garden spice farmers, EcoWave Natural Foods that operates a plant to process organic, single origin spices for export, as well as several SME start up projects in responsible tourism and sustainable agriculture.

Suresh actively serves on the Council of the Employers Federation of Ceylon, the Board of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce, the Skills Development Fund Ltd. as well as on several Boards and Committees in the private and Government sectors (local and global) for the development of agriculture, tourism, SME’s, entrepreneurship, vocational training, skills, labor relations, responsible business practices, and Business for Peace. He is also the Acting Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Sri Lanka. Suresh strongly believes in, and practices, the “People – Planet – Profit” model for business.

[ Speeches ]

Speeches by Mr. Suresh Dayanath de Mel

Jun 08, 2021

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Exports Strategy & Sectors in Focus

Jun 08, 2021

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Exports Strategy & Sectors in Focus