Aban Pestonjee

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Aban Pestonjee
Aban Pestonjee - chairperson of Abans Group.jpg
Residence Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Occupation Entrepreneur [1]
Known for Chairperson of Abans group of Companies [2]
Spouse(s) P.N.Pestonjee
Children Saroshi, Behman, Rusi
Website http://abansgroup.com

Aban Pestonjee (Sinhalese: අබාන් පෙස්ටොන්ජි), the chairperson and founder of the Abans group of companies and known as one of the first entrepreneurs who initiated in first bringing Korean technology to Sri Lankan consumers.

Personal life[edit]

Business Life[edit]

She started off her business in 1968 in her home garage where she managed to restore the used appliances which she acquired from auctions and home sales to better working condition and sell them at her corner shop in Galle road.

In 1978, the economy opened up and there was a huge inflow of imported products. This led to an increased demand from the customers for quality global brands. First, she imported products from England, then from Thailand, China, Japan and Korea.

Abans Group is mainly divided into 5 business categories such as retail, services,[3] logistics, manufacturing and real estate and infrastructure development under which come Abans (Pvt) Ltd, Abans automobile,[4] Abans ABSTRACT,[5] S.A. Electricals (Pvt) Ltd Services, Abans Central AC Division, Abans Finance,[6] Abans Tours,[7] AB Securities (Pvt) Ltd etc.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • The Award of Excellence for Woman Achievers for Outstanding Achievement from the SAARC Women’s association in Year 2000.[8]
  • “The Bronze Award” for the Large Business Category by the Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce at the Year 2000 Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Award Ceremony.[8]
  • “KOTRA Plaque of Appreciation -- 2005” for forging strategic foreign economic ties between Korea & Sri Lanka presented by Mr. Young Kyo, president and CEO of the KOTRA(Korea Trade Promotion Agency).[9]
  • In 2006, she received International Recognition for winning the Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World award.[10] Mrs. Pestonjee was awarded the prize by the Princess of Thailand.
  • She also received the LG award for the Best Importer on South-East Asia on behalf of Abans Limited.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Aban Pestonjee – Entrepreneur". www.zoroastrians.net. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "The life-force behind Abans". Official website of The Island News Paper, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Abans retail". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Abans Automobile Division". Abans Group official website. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Abans Group - Abstract". Abans Group official website. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Abans Finance". Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Abans Tours". Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Aban Pestonjee". Invest CSE website. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Aban Pestonjee receives 'Kotra' plaque". Official website of Sunday Observer news paper, Sri Lanka. 
  10. ^ "Women Entrepreneurs Award for Abans Chief". Official website of Daily News paper, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Abans awarded Best LG Importer in SouthEast Asia". Official website of the Island paper, Sri Lanka. 
  12. ^ "Abans awarded best LG importer in South-east Asia". www.nation.lk/. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 

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