Manjula Dissanayake

Dr Manjula Dissanayake

Academic Director - Entrepreneurship

Adelaide Business School

Faculty of the Professions


Manjula Dissanayake is the Academic Director – ThincLab & Entrepreneurship Programs at the Adelaide Business School of the University of Adelaide.

He specialises in entrepreneurial learning taking a technology-centric approach to provide a flexible and personalised learning experience.

He has also designed and facilitated many business accelerator/pre-accelerator programs including eChallenge program the longest-running pre-accelerator program in South Australia and Business Model Innovation program for business leaders in South Australia and Victoria. Manjula is also a certified Personal Initiative trainer, the only empirically proven program to result in 30% profit growth in two years by practising business leaders.

Prior to the University of Adelaide, Manjula was a facilitator for the Accelerating Information Technology Initiative (AITI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Manjula is a co-founder of highly successful technology start-up companies in Silicon Valley raising multi-million dollars, one of which was acquired by Symbol Technologies (now a Motorola Company) in 2002. Manjula has worked on innovative projects for leading clients including Macy’s, Kohls, Verifone and JPMC in the USA and retail, banking and government sectors across more than 15 countries. He also has over 10 US patents in the technology space and published many research papers and book chapters on entrepreneurial learning within business accelerators and business model innovation.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Emojot Pty Ltd
    2004 - 2012 Vice President - Global Operations Zone24x7 Inc
    1998 - 2004 Engineering Manager Motorola Inc
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2003 - 2005 University of Colombo Sri Lanka Master of Advanced Computer Science
    2001 - 1997 Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom Bachelor of Information Systems (First Class)
  • Position: Academic Director - Entrepreneurship
  • Phone: 83135584
  • Email: manjula.dissanayake@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 9
  • Room: 9.25
  • Org Unit: Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

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