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Name: Wickramasuriya, Jaliya
Current Position: Previous Ambassador

Jaliya Wickramasuriya became ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States on July 18, 2008. Wickramasuriya’s experience in the private sector began at Dilmah, Sri Lanka’s global tea brand, working his way up throughout the company. He then spent a short time with another tea exporter, Standard Trading Co.

In 2000, Wickramasuriya created his own internationally recognized brand for Ceylon Tea by establishing Ceylon Royal Tea Pvt. Ltd. He served as the company’s chief executive officer and managing director while pushing Chami, his own brand of tea, to high-end markets in the US and Canada.
Previous to his appointment, he served as consul general for Sri Lanka in California, since 2005.
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