With the right leadership comes the right values, which in turn resonates into success. At Impra, our board of directors possess decades of experience that go beyond simply producing superior quality tea.
Mr. Jayantha Karunaratne – Founder, Chairman and Managing Director
Mr. Karunaratne is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of the Imperial Teas Group. His 30+ years of experience in the tea trade began in 1977 when he served as a Tea Taster at a leading tea export company in Sri Lanka. Extensive travel has given him in-depth knowledge of overseas markets, trading concepts and methodologies.
He is a former President of the Sri Lanka-Russia Business Council (SLRBC) and a committee member of the Tea Exporters Association and the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, and a current committee member of the Colombo Tea Traders Association.
In September 2007, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce appointed him as Leader of the Trade & Investment Promotion Mission to Russia and the Ukraine. He was also a member of the Sri Lankan Team that conducted negotiations with Russia regarding the latter’s proposed accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr. Dickie Juriansz – Chairman
Mr. Dickie Juriansz is the Chairman of Imperial Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd. He is an Honorary Member of the Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA), having served, at different times, on the CTTA General Committee as a Buyers’ Representative and as a Sellers’ Representative. He has held the Chairmanship of the CTTA for four years on three separate occasions. He is a former Board Member of the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Sri Lanka Tea Research Board, as well as a past President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. He is the Chairman of the ICLP Arbitration Centre run by The Institute for Development of Commercial Law and Practice and a Governor of the Sri Lanka Business Development Centre.
Mr. Juriansz currently serves and has previously served as a Director of many companies, along with holding the position of Chairman of several of them. He is a former Chairman of the Affiliated Associations Group of the Employers Federation of Ceylon.
Ms. Illanga Karunaratne – Director
Starting her career as a management trainee at a leading export company, Mrs. Karunaratne gained wide experience in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Budgetary Control and Financial Management. She joined the company as a Director in 1994. In recognition of her contribution towards empowering women in the export sector, she was named Runner Up at the Women Entrepreneurs Awards 2002 organized by the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Mr. Kolitha Weerakoon – Director
Having started his professional life as a trainee tea taster at a leading diversified Trading and Manufacturing group of companies, Mr. Weerakoon gained in-depth knowledge of all aspects of marketing and shipping. He has travelled overseas extensively and acquired considerable knowledge and expertise in the fields of international marketing and shipping.
Mr. Abhaya Gurusinghe – Director of Production
With a background in engineering, Mr. Gurusinghe rose to the position of Technical Manager at a public sector organisation and subsequently worked overseas at a leading company in the same field. Mr. Gurusinghe joined the Imperial Teas Group as Director of Production in 1994. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management of Sri Lanka.
The Tea department ensures that all standards are met, while innovating new blends on a daily basis. Our in-house tea room features the latest equipment that’s coupled with the skills of our tea tasters, all of whom possess over 4 decades of experience.
Marketing & Product development
At Impra Tea, we go beyond simply distributing our products to the world; strategic brand positioning and constantly learning what our consumers want helps us deliver quality teas to suit a wide range of palettes, the world over.