Dilmah founder conferred honorary doctorate | Sunday Observer

Dilmah founder conferred honorary doctorate

Dilmah Tea founder Merrill J. Fernando was conferred the title Doctor of Science by Massey University in New Zealand.

He was nominated for the honorary doctorate by the Pro Vice Chancellor College of Sciences, Prof. Ray Geor and Prof. Paul Moughan, director Massey University’s renowned Riddet Institute.

Merrill J. Fernando has had a long association with the university and its institute, supporting doctorate research and as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Australasian Business Ethics Network conference at Massey University last year.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jan Thomas said the honorary doctorate recognises Merrill J. Fernando’s contribution to the food industry globally as well as his strong connection with Massey through research collaborations, including work into the antioxidant and health properties of tea.

“This honorary doctorate, only the fourth to be bestowed upon an international recipient, celebrates his prowess in business and science, but also his commitment to ethical food production and his philanthropic activities that have seen Dilmah known for its commitment to people,” Professor Thomas said. “We are proud to welcome Mr Fernando among our ranks and welcome further collaboration in future.”

Fernando’s sons Dilhan and Malik, after whom Dilmah is named, and his Dilmah New Zealand business partner John Burton, were on hand to help him celebrate.

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