Geoffrey Peter Dobbs
Born just a week after Stalin died, Geoffrey lived for 14 years in the Soviet Union, 4 years n Poland and 2 years in the former Yugoslavia, with interval years in India, Italy and England. Of Anglo-Irish and Australian parents, his father was a diplomat and mother a journalist turned best selling author. Geoffrey was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After leaving university he went to seek fame and fortune in Hong Kong, where on a holiday he discovered Ceylon and bought the Island of Taprobane and later is credited with starting boutique hotels in Galle Sri Lanka. He was swimming in the sea in Weligama when the tsumami hit and set up Adopt Sri Lanka, which spent over 4 million dollars alleviating the plight of many Sri Lankans. He is a keen sailor and has crossed the pacific on bamboo raft and the Indian ocean on a traditional Omani dhow. He set up the Galle Literary Festival in 2007. He was honoured by the President of Sri Lanka for services rendered to tourism and for the work he did after Tsumami.
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Janitha Dias Bandaranayake
Janitha is a passionate educator with wide administrative and accounting experience. As an innovative Head of Primary at S. Thomas College Mount Lavinia, her expert leadership and communication skills led to discernible development of the Primary School. Having taught Advanced-Level Economics and held positions of leadership at the top end of the corporate sector, she brings multiple skills to the role of Fairway Galle Literary Festival Director. As a graduate in International Relations, an avid reader and a committed environmentalist, the goals of the FGLF are close to her heart and she looks forward to seeing each of these areas highlighted during the four exciting days of the FGLF 2018.
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Jill Macdonald holds an M. Phil. in English Literature from Balliol College, Oxford. She was for many years Principal of The British School in Colombo and as founding Principal of The Study, continues to teach Advanced Level Literature while pursuing her passion for music, dance and art. She is delighted to contribute her wide engagement with contemporary writers and writing to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival and looks forward to building on the outstanding work of the Festival Founder and three previous Curators, to bring a lively and varied field of first class writers to centre stage in January 2018.
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Ashvini brings to the role of Festival Manager a dynamic background in event coordination and management. With a degree in mathematics and finance, she is well versed in the art of the possible and brings wide-ranging experience in the corporate and hospitality sectors to the post of Manager of the FGLF. Her many interests: sport, dance, international understanding and service, have enabled her to keep numerous balls in the air at once, while attending to the detail of each. She is excited at the prospect of FGLF 2018 and enjoying the challenges of preparing for the ninth version of the Festival.
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