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Manohari Abeyesekera

2019 Mentee

Head of Strategic Business Development, Hayleys PLC, Sri Lanka / Director, Hayleys Group Services (Pvt.) Ltd.

Sri Lanka

Manohari is the head of strategic business development for Hayleys PLC, a leading blue chip conglomerate in Sri Lanka with a revenue exceeding 1 billion USD. Manohari has carried out more than 200 million USD worth of acquisitions at Hayleys and her responsibilities involve maintaining a balanced investment portfolio. In addition to acquisitions, she is also involved in restructuring businesses, investor relations, and also serves as a director in Hayleys Group’ s Company Secretarial arm.


Manohari has read for the Masters in Business Administration from University of Colombo winning three gold medals. Her first degree was in Biological Sciences at University of Colombo graduating with first class honors. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, and fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) United Kingdom. Manohari has more than 18 years of post-qualifying experience. Manohari also serves as the chairperson of the CIMA Sri Lanka Country Network Panel. In addition, she is a freelance journalist, and has spoken as a panelist in many seminars. Manohari is married and has a 13-year-old daughter.


Mentor: Yie-Hsin Hung, Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Investment Management LLC and Executive Management Committee Member of New York Life