Ayesh Ariyasinghe, 2012, Sri Lanka

How I first learned about Fletcher: I was researching graduate schools and was interested in programs that had flexible curriculums which would allow me the opportunity to study diverse fields such as economics, law, finance and banking. The Fletcher School appeared in one of my searches and, ironically enough, I learned that our first Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, John Exter, was an alumnus. That fact cemented my research. I continued to speak about Fletcher with colleagues and alumni of the program for further details, and the rest is history.

On the international life I see for myself after Fletcher: Once I conclude my studies, I will return to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. At the Central Bank, I see vast field openings in dealings with the IMF, World Bank, and nations in the world. I will be able to play an international role within the Central Bank by representing the Bank and the government of Sri Lanka in international forums (foreign affairs committees, holding in the World Bank and the IMF).

Favorite magazine:

Financial Times

Favorite movie:


Favorite food:

Sri Lankan rice and curry

Favorite Landmark/Site:

Piazza del Poppolo

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:

Sovereign debt financing issues and political conflicts faced by the developing world countries

Fields of Study

  • International Monetary Theory and Policy
  • International Finance and Banking

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Students of Security
  • Fletcher Biz Club
  • Law in International Development Studies (LIDS)
  • Asian Club
  • South Asian Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Kelaniya University;  Sri Lanka
  • Attorneys-at-Law, Sri Lanka Law College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Assistant Director of International Operations Department - Sri Lanka
  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Assistant Director/Legal, Legal Department - Sri Lanka
  • Attorney General's Department, State Counsel - Sri Lanka


  • Sinhala
  • English