Otara Gunewardene is a one of Sri Lanka’s leading entrepreneurs, philanthropists and fashion icons. Founder of Sri Lanka’s premier fashion and lifestyle store Odel, she piloted it through two decades of explosive growth and expansion – today over 20 Odel stores are located throughout the island. Otara’s entrepreneurship was globally recognized in 2010 when she was named the best female entrepreneur at the seventh US Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She also heads the list of Sri Lanka’s Most Powerful Women compiled by Echelon magazine in 2013.
In 2014, Otara sold her shares in Odel PLC, a decision based on her desire to pursue her childhood passion – animal welfare. She focused her time and energy on the establishment and development of her Embark brand which funds such programs.
Otara is another Trail ambassador who has been with us since the beginning and we are grateful to have her support as we take to the Trail again.