Manokaran Mottain

Director, Malaysia Venture Capital Management (MAVCAP)/ Former, Chief Economist, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad / Advisor, Rising Success Consultancy Sdn Bhd


MANOKARAN MOTTAIN recently retired as the Chief Economist of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad effective 5th November 2021, after serving the Bank for the past nine years since 2012. Prior to that, he was the Director of Economic Research at AmBank Group between 2006-May 2012, Chief Economist cum Research Manager at SBB Securities between 1996-06, after serving as Economist at Bank Negara Malaysia for 10 years (1987-96).

While at Bank Negara, Mano was the recipient of a postgraduate scholarship in 1993, to pursue MA in Development Economics in Victoria University of Manchester. He received his first degree, Bachelor of Economics (Hons), from University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Mano’s main strengths are in analyzing economic issues, conceptualizing ideas, seizing opportunities, building operations, leading new business development initiatives for the group. His other strengths are in oral communication, presentations to clients, critical thinking, and personnel management.

Acknowledging his industrial experience, Ministry of Human Resources recently appointed him as an Investment Panel member of the Human Resources Development Fund (2016-2020). His tenure in the Board would include advisory role in navigating challenging macroeconomic conditions and identify the right investment to maximize utilization of the fund allocated.

Mano was appointed as council advisor for the Faculty of Economic and Administration of UKM in January 2020. Following that, Mano has been appointed as the Industrial Advisor for UKM for two years effective 11 October 2021.

In May 2022, Mano was also appointed as one of the directors of Malaysia Venture Capital Management (MAVCAP).

Recognizing his vast experience and knowledge in economics, Manokaran was appointed as a Member of the National Economic Council for two years effective 1 August 2011. He is also a member of 1lMP and 12MP panel for the Indians, under MIC and MITRA respectively.

Among the advisory roles included PEMIKIR in the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives & Consumerism in November 2013. In addition to member of several government Task Forces, he also sits as a Member of the Advisory Board at Nottingham School of Economics, Malaysia campus.

As part of the social responsibility, in 2015, Manokaran was the Organising Chairman of a national conference on Growth & Inclusiveness – Transformation of Malaysian Indians beyond 2020. Following this, he leads the Malaysian Indian Economic Transformation (MIET).