Manjula Dissanayake

Founding President, Educate Lanka, Sri Lanka

Manjula Dissanayake, an investment banker turned social entrepreneur, is the founder and executive director of Educate Lanka Foundation - a non-profit social enterprise with a mission of democratizing opportunity for all by enhancing access to quality education and learning for the marginalized. Manjula's efforts have been recognized and backed internationally, including by the U.N., USAID, the US Department of State, Mastercard Foundation, and Clinton Foundation. Manjula was named an under-33 'Global Influencer' and a top 10 social innovator in the US by American Express and Ashoka. In 2015, he gave a TEDx Talk titled 'Talent is universal. Opportunity is not.' Manjula holds a bachelor's in finance from the University of Maryland and a master's in social innovation and entrepreneurship from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Massachusetts. He also completed his executive education in social entrepreneurship from Stanford University, California. He lives in Washington D.C. and splits his time between the US and Sri Lanka.


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