Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). He is a trade policy economist who also works on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics.

He obtained his doctorate — D.Phil (Econ) from Oxford University, UK in 1990. He has an MSc (Econ) from Oxford University and MSc (Maths) first class degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Economic Association. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1998); Salzburg Fellow (1997); USIS International Visitor (1993); and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (1992/3). He has been (and is) a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo, Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BDTI), Sri Lanka and several other institutions. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UN-ESCAP, Commonwealth Secretariat, among other organizations.

Dr. Kelegama has served in the Board of Directors of many government, private sector and professional institutions, and currently serves in the governing boards of a number of regional and international institutions. Dr. Kelegama has also served as Chairman in many Sri Lankan and regional associations, and groupings and has represented the Sri Lankan academia at a number of official delegations. He is the Chairman of Singer (Sri Lanka) Plc., and served as a Board Member at Sampath Bank for 12 years.

Dr. Kelegama has presented papers in many international seminars and delivered public lectures in many fora both in Sri Lanka and overseas. He serves as the co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal which is published by Sage International Publications, and serves in the editorial Board of the PIM Journal – Sri Lanka Journal of Management. He has published a number of books and over 100 articles in refereed journals. Most of his writings have been on the Sri Lankan economy, regional integration and WTO issues. A book he edited titled: “Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates” in 2004 is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date books on the Sri Lankan economy. He has also written to many local and international Magazines and served as a popular columnist to local newspapers.

Advisory work
Board of Directors of government institutions
  • Board of Investment (1994-1995)
  • Public Enterprise Reform Commission (1995)
  • Human Resources Development Council (1995-1997)
  • Industrialization Commission (1997-1999)
  • Fair Trading Commission (1995-2002)
  • National Development Trust Fund (2004-2005)
  • Industrial Task Force (1995-2000)
  • Joint Apparel Association Forum Joint Study Committee (2002)
  • Small and Medium Enterprise Task Force (2001-2002)
  • India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (ILCEPA) Joint Study Group (2003)
  • Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA), Joint Study Committee (2002-2003)
Economic Advisor to the government
  • Economic Advisor to the Minister of Industries (2002-2004)
  • Official delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka for the ESCAP Annual Sessions, 1999 and 2000, Bangkok, Thailand; the 12th SAARC Summit, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2004; and UNCTAD XI, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2004
International publications
Local publications
Essays / Interviews

Dr. Kelegama can be reached by email ( and by appointment through his Secretaries:

Nilanthi Alahakoon on 00 94 11 2143304 , Ext. 304 (
Ayoni Rangala on 00 94 11 2143305 , Ext 305 (


Postal Address : Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
100/20, Independence Avenue,
Colombo 07
Sri Lanka


Telephone : 00 94 11 2143100 , 00 94 11 2665068
Facsimile   : 00 94 11 2665065