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Cinnamon Travel Bloggers Conference
2021 | Colombo, Sri Lanka


Kamini Pather
Blogger, Foodie and Travel Fanatic

Blogger, foodie, and travel fanatic most well known for hosting the Netflix series Girl Eat World. She also writes for her own self-titled blog documenting her food and travel adventures. In 2013, she became widely known as the winner of the second season of Master Chef South Africa.

Megan Jerrard
Australian Journalist

Megan Jerrard is an Australian Journalist, and the founder and Senior Editor of Mapping Megan, an award-winning travel blog focused on adventure, discovery, immersion and authentic exploration around the globe. A travel writer since 2007, she has over 10 years experience in the industry and has travelled to 50+ countries across all seven continents, Her articles have been widely published and acknowledged by publications such as National Geographic, the New York Times, Forbes, and British Airways High Life.

Dirk Dallas

Dirk Dallas is a designer, educator and photographer, who has been flying various electric helicopters and RC airplanes for over 10 years. After getting his first drone, he became obsessed with aerial photography and video. He started fromwhereidrone.com to provide a helpful resource for those interested in getting started with aerial photography/cinematography. His site is also a space to find amazing drone imagery, learn from the leaders in the drone world.

Royston Ellis

Royston Ellis is a novelist, travel writer and erstwhile beat poet, born in Britain, who has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980. At the dawn of the Sixties, Royston found himself in Liverpool. There he fell in with John Lennon. They chewed the fat and told each about their ambitions: Ellis wanted to be a writer; Lennon a pop star. The association had momentous repercussions: Lennon had already thought of a name for his new group but it was Ellis who suggested spelling it with an "a".

He has contributed hundreds of articles about Sri Lanka to UK newspapers and magazines, to airline in-flight magazines, and to Sri Lankan publications, including Explore Sri Lanka, of which he was editorial consultant for 16 years, and to the Sunday Times (Colombo) for whom he reviews Sri Lankan hotels. He is author of Sri Lanka by Rail and India by Rail (and co-author of Bradt’s Maldives and Mauritius, Rodrigues & Réunion.

Dileep Mudadeniya

Dileep Mudadeniya possesses many years of experience in travel, tourism, communications and strategic planning and the founder of center for research and sustainability studies. Currently he is the Head of Brand Marketing –Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and Vice President- John KEELS Group. He is also a member of the national tourism task force appointed by the Hon. Pri Minister of Sri Lanka.

He was the former Head of Quality Standards, Licensing, Investment Legal and Special Projects of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, has served the Public Sector of Sri Lanka working extensively in the areas of travel and tourism and mass communication.

An alumnus of the University of Colombo, an Attorney-at-Law, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Marketer Dileep, holds a MBA in Marketing. He is also the Winner of the ten outstanding young person award (TOYP) for public sector.He is currently reading for his PhD Taoist graduate institute of management - University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

Deepal Perera
Manager - Media Development, Sri Lankan Airlines

Deepal Perera has been with Sri Lankan Airlines since 2012. He is the current Manager Media Development and overlooks all traditional, digital and social media aspects of Sri Lankan Airlines. He was the former Head of Corporate Communications at LAUGFS Holdings, and prior to that has worked as a Deputy Business Editor, Defense Correspondent, Deputy Features Editor and News Editor for various media publications including the Daily FT and Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka.

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