Chairperson & Chief Executive Sri Lanka Export Development Board

Indira Malwatte holding a Combined Degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka is the first woman Chairperson of the EDB.

She has 40 years of experience in serving the Government both internationally and locally as a Top Export Promotion Officer facilitating exports and hands on experience as a COO serving in the private sector and exporting a highly perishable product and entering new and demanding markets where the Company had the honour of being the first Agricultural entity in Sri Lanka to be Global GAP Certified.

She has an in-depth knowledge on multi-sectors ranging from Industrial, Agricultural, Services and in Supply Chain Management and International Marketing.

Indira Malwatte has served as the focal point on a number of World Bank, ITC, GIZ, CBI and JETRO export development projects. She has also served a number of Government and Private Sector Boards and undertaken a number of product development and export related Consultancies.  

She serves on the Boards of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority, National Design Centre, Development Holdings Private Limited and also the Chairperson of the National Packaging Centre among several other Government Committees.  She is   a member of the Agency for International Trade responsible for trade negotiations and developing the national trade and export strategies of Sri Lanka and a Member of the Task Force on FDI & Exports.

She commenced her career at the Ceylon Tea Promotion Bureau in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to her current position, she was a Consultant to the Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board and served as COO in a private sector company, was Director, Product Development at the EDB and held several other appointments at the EDB.

In July 2016, she was internationally recognized for her long years of service in Business & Commerce by the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWifts) with TheWifts Foundation “Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 (Business)” in London, UK.  Mrs. Malwatte is the first Sri Lankan to be bestowed with this honor.

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