M.N. Bopana after completing his schooling at the Bishop Cotton Boy’s School, Bangalore, completed his B. Com degree (Bachelor of Commerce) from the St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. He started his career in tea with Tata Tea Limited (now Tata Global Beverages Limited) upon leaving college and after about 15 years with the world’s largest integrated tea company, he joined his present employers, Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited, as its Managing Director in May 2004 and has been its Managing Director for over a decade. Bopana is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmadabad (IIM-A). He has also attended various management training programmes, conducted in house by Tata Tea Ltd., and also attended external programmes held at some of India's premier institutes, in addition to attending training programmes in tea tasting and manufacture.
Bopana has 25 years experience in the Tea Industry at various levels and functions, commencing his career as an Assistant Manager and reaching the post of a Managing Director. His experience and skills encompass cultivation and manufacture of tea, independently managing plantations and factories, finance, quality control, sales and marketing and general administration. Bopana is also the Managing Director of The Manar Estates Limited and Inlaks Shipping Company Limited.