Ornamental Fish International (OFI) appointed H. Chrishantha Alexander, managing director of Seylon Aquatics (Pvt) Ltd of Sri Lanka, and Rajanta Sinardja Rahardja of CV Bellenz, Indonesia, to its board of advisors.
The new positions were created out of recognition of Indonesia and Sri Lanka both to the ornamental fish industry as major exporting countries and the large number of members in these countries. Both new members were selected by members in their countries to act on their behalf to provide input to the executive on issues affecting their region and to help facilitate membership and communication.
Rajanta has been an OFI member since 2010 and is an expert on breeding rare L-number catfish. He has held positions on a number of government working groups and industry associations in Indonesia, and is an active advocate for the industry in Indonesia.
Chrishantha started working for John Keells Aquariums in 1993, where he was promoted to senior marketing executive. He established his own export business in 2003, which has been an OFI member for over 10 years. Chrishantha is currently the president of the Association of Live Tropical Fish Exporters of Sri Lanka.
“Indonesia and Sri Lanka are major producers and exporters of ornamental fish that were currently not represented at the board level of OFI, [so] a decision was taken at the last AGM to expand our board of advisors to include a representative from each of these countries,” said Shane Willis, president of OFI. “I have known Chrishantha and Rajanta for many years and both are excellent appointments to the board of advisors…”