Dilhan C Fernando is the younger son of Dilmah founder Merrill J Fernando. A graduate of the London School of Economics and chief executive of Dilmah Tea, as trustee of the Merrill J Fernando Foundation and director of Dilmah Conservation, he directs the fulfilment of his father's unique commitment to serving humanity and environment through business.
Dilhan serves as chair of UN Global Compact Network Sri Lanka and Biodiversity Sri Lanka, a pioneering environmental collaboration amongst the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, IUCN and Dilmah Conservation.
A new generation is driving change in a tea category where for decades price has meant more than taste or goodness. The trend they are forcing is about taste and wellness, but so much more. As younger customers turn to tea, they are demanding a more sincere appreciation of ethics and sustainability. This offers a glimmer of hope for passionate tea growers who make tea for the love of the leaf.
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