Yolanthika Ellepola

Yolanthika is a Research Assistant at IPS working on health economics issues. She holds a MSc in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics, UK, and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Economics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK. Talk with Yolanthika - yolanthikae@ips.lk

Wimal Nanayakkara

Wimal Nanayakkara is a Senior Visiting Fellow of the IPS with research interests in poverty, and is a specialist in Sampling. He was previously engaged at the Department of Census and Statistics, where he functioned as the Director General for 12 years. Wimal received his BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Peradeniya and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from the University of Reading, UK. (Talk to Wimal - wimal@ips.lk)

Vishvanathan Subramaniam

Vishvanathan Subramanian is a Research Assistant at IPS, with research interests in Private Sector Development, Foreign Direct Investment, Regional Integration, Econometrics and Economic Modeling. He holds a BSc (Phi Beta Kappa) in Mathematics and Economics from Birmingham-Southern College, USA. Talk to him at vishvanathan@ips.lk.

Suwendrani Jayaratne

Suwendrani Jayaratne was a Research Officer working in the International Economic Policy Unit at the IPS. Her research areas include international trade and migration, with a particular emphasis on trade facilitation and regional integration. Her research interests also include macroeconomic policy. She obtained her Masters from the Australian National University (ANU) in International and Development Economics, and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya. (Talk with Suwendrani - suwendrani@ips.lk)

Sunimalee Madurawala

Sunimalee Madurawala is a Research Officer at the Health Economic Policy Unit. Her research interests include health economics, gender and population studies. Sunimalee holds a BA (Economic Special) degree with a first class and a Masters in Economics (MEcon) degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also partly qualified in CIMA-UK. She was selected as a Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Capacity Development on Gender and Macroeconomic Issues, held in Japan in 2011. (Talk with Sunimalee - sunimalee@ips.lk)

Saman Kelegama

Dr. Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the IPS, and is a trade policy economist who also works on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics. He served in the President's National Economic Council and in the Presidential Commission on Taxation. He serves on the boards of several public and private institutions. He holds a D.Phil (Econ) and MSc. from Oxford University and MSc (Maths) first class degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. For more details: http://www.ips.lk/staff/ed/index.html

Shihara Maduwage

Shihara Maduwage is the Manager - Communications & Strategic Outreach at the IPS. She is currently the Editor of Talking Economics.

Shanika Samarakoon

Shanika Samarakoon was a Research Economist at IPS. Her research interests are in the fields of Health Economics and Policy, Development Economics, Education Economics and Econometrics. Shanika holds a BA (Honours) in International Business Management and a PhD with a focus on Development Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Semini Satarasinghe

Semini is a Project Intern at IPS. (Talk with Semini - semini@ips.lk)

Samanthi Bandara

Samanthi Bandara is a Research Officer in the Health Economics Policy Unit at the IPS. Her research interests are health care financing, healthcare evaluation, and impact assessment of health policies/interventions. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics with a special module of Health Economics from the University of Colombo and MSc in Health Economics from the Centre for Health Economics, University of Chulalongkorn in Thailand. (Talk with Samanthi - samanthi@ips.lk)

Sahan Jayawardena

Sahan Jayawardana was a Research Assistant at the IPS. He holds a BSc in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Liverpool. His research interests include poverty and development policy, industrial economics and infrastructure development.

Roshini Jayaweera

Roshini Jayaweera was a former Research Officer at the IPS and is currently following a PhD programme in Australia. Her research expertise is in migration studies, poverty impact assessment, development studies, social security, microfinance, and micro-insurance, where she has been involved in a number of projects and national level surveys. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and an MSc in Economics from the National University of Singapore. (Talk with Roshini - roshini@ips.lk)

Research Team

Articles written by two or more researchers at the IPS are featured under this section. IPS researchers are assigned to specific research units, but often work across units in cross-cutting thematic areas.

Guest Writer - Razeen Sally

Dr. Razeen Sally is Visiting Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Institute of South Asian Studies, both at the National University of Singapore. He is also Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. For more details on Razeen, visit http://www.ecipe.org/people/razeen-sally/ and http://www.spp.nus.edu.sg/Faculty_Razeen_Sally.aspx

Raveen Ekanayake

Raveen Ekanayake worked as a Research Officer in the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy research unit at IPS. He was previously a banker at Lankaputhra Development Bank. He holds a BSC in Accounting and Finance from University of London, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University. His research interests included Development Economics and International Economics. (Talk with Raveen - raveen@ips.lk)

Priyanka Jayawardena

Priyanka Jayawardena is a Research Economist at the Labour, Employment and Human Resource Development research unit at IPS. Her research interests include education and skills development, labour economics, inequality analysis, health economics and child nutrition. She holds a BSc (Hon) in Statistics and an MA in Economics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Talk to Priyanka - priyanka@ips.lk)

Parakrama Samaratunga

Parakrama Samaratunga was formerly a Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Economic Policy research at the IPS. Prior to joining the IPS, he served in the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka, first as an Agricultural Economist and later as the Director, Socio-Economics and Planning. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer in several universities in Sri Lanka and currently serves in the teaching panel of the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Pamokya Marambe

Pamokya is currently following an undergraduate degree in economics and finance. He was an Intern at IPS.

Nisha Arunatillake

Nisha Arunatilake is a Research Fellow at the IPS. She heads the Labour, Employment and Human Resource Development research unit. Her research interests include labour market analysis, education and skill development, migration and development and health economics. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with summa cum laude from the University of the South, USA and an MA and PhD in Economics from Duke University, USA. (Talk with Nisha - nisha@ips.lk)

Nisal Herath

Nisal Herath was a Research Assistant at IPS. His research areas include Economic Development, Energy Economics and Applied Econometrics which includes publications. Nisal holds a Masters in International and Development Economics with Merit from the Australian National University. His B.A. in Economics (Highest Honours) and Statistics (Honours) is from the University of California at Davis.

Nipuni Perera

Nipuni Perera was a Research Officer at the IPS. Her research interests included International Economics, Macroeconomic policy and Industrial Policy, covering areas such as International Trade, Regional Economic Cooperation, SME Development and Migration. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colombo. Nipuni is also interested in Research Communications/Marketing and is a member of CIM UK. (Talk with Nipuni - nipuni@ips.lk)

Nethmini Perera

Nethmini Perera was a former Research Officer at IPS. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics (Specialized in Econometrics) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She now works in a leading government agency.

Manoj Thibbotuwawa

Manoj Thibbotuwawa is a Research Fellow at the IPS, with research interests on agricultural economics, agricultural trade, food security and environmental and natural resource economics. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and has also obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in “Modeling and Accounting for Sustainable Development” from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (ISS). (Talk with Manoj - manoj@ips.lk)

Manavee Abeyawickrama

Manavee was a Project Officer at IPS. (Talk with Manavee - manaveeabeyawickrama@gmail.com)

Malathy Knight

Malathy Knight was a Research Fellow and Head of Industry and Enterprise Development Policy Research at the IPS. Her research interests include institutional economics, privatization/public enterprise reform, competition and regulatory policy, industrial policy, economics of infrastructure, telecommunications reforms and regulation, governance/regulatory governance and the political economy of reform and she has published extensively in these areas both locally and internationally.

Kithmina Hewage

Kithmina Hewage is a Research Officer, with research interests in International Political Economy include WTO issues, Trade and Development, Export competitiveness, and Foreign Direct Investment. He holds an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL) and a BA with university and Departmental Honours from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Talk with Kithmina - kithmina@ips.lk

Kaushalya Attygalle

Kaushalya Attygalle was a Research Assistant in the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit at the IPS. She first joined the IPS as a Project Intern. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colombo. Her research interests include Industrial Economics, Infrastructure Development, Poverty and Development Policy and Economics of Education.

Kanchana Wickramasinghe

Kanchana Wickramasinghe is a Research Economist at the IPS, with a focus on environment and natural resource management policy research. Her research areas include sustainable tourism, disaster management, natural resource management, green jobs and climate change. She hols a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Colombo and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya. She also completed a post-graduate diploma at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. (Talk with Kanchana - kanchana@ips.lk)

Guest Writer - Kalpana Kochhar

Kalpana Kochhar is currently with the International Monetary Fund, but at the time of writing, was the World Bank's Chief Economist for the South Asia Region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). She has two decades of experience in countries from India all the way to Australia and New Zealand and held various management and research positions at the IMF for Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka prior to joining the Bank. Kochhar holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Brown University and a M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a B.A in Economics from Madras University in India.

Janaka Wijayasiri

Janaka has over 12 years of experience on trade policy issues and heads the International Economic Policy Unit. He has produced, individually as well as jointly, many in-depth analytical reports and papers for the Sri Lankan government, international, and regional institutions. His also focuses on regional and multilateral trade agreements and their implications for the country. He holds a PhD from Monash University. He is currently a member of the Talking Economics Team. (Talk with Janaka - janaka@ips.lk)

Harshanee Jayasekera

Harshanee was an intern in the Human Resource Development Policy research unit at IPS while an undergraduate student at University of Colombo, studying Economics. Harshanee's research interests are labour and employment, environment, and quantitative methods. She is currently pursuing higher studies in the USA.

Ganga Tilakaratna

Ganga Tilakaratna is a Research Fellow and is currently the Head of the Poverty Unit at IPS, with research interests in the fields of poverty, microfinance, and social protection. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Manchester, an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester. (Talk with Ganga - ganga@ips.lk)

Editorial Team

Articles posted by the Editorial Team are those that have been developed or curated by the TE team. They include special interviews, videos, featured updates, announcements, and releases of the bi-annual Talking Economics Digest

Dushni Weerakoon

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon is currently the Deputy Director of the IPS and Head of Macroeconomic Policy research at the Institute. Since joining the IPS in 1994, her research and publications have covered areas related to regional trade integration, macroeconomic policy and international economics. She has extensive experience working in policy development committees and official delegations of the Government of Sri Lanka. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K. (Talk to Dushni - dushni@ips.lk).

Dishnika Perera

Dishnika Perera was Manager - Communications & Strategic Outreach at the IPS and a member of the Talking Economics Editorial Team.

Dilani Hirimuthugodage

Dilani Hirimuthugodage is a Research Officer working in the Agriculture Economic Policy unit at the IPS. Her research interests include agriculture economics, intellectual property rights, food security and innovations in the agriculture sector especially on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). She holds a Masters in Economics (Distinction Pass) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is partly qualified in Charted Institute of Management (CIMA-UK). Talk with her at dilani@ips.lk.

Dharshani Premaratne

Dharshani Premaratne was a Research Officer at IPS. Her research interests included Macroeconomic policy and planning, International economics and Trade, Regional Integration and WTO issues, and Trade and Development. She holds a MA in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University, Canberra and a BA with First Class (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (Talk with Dharshani - dharshani@ips.lk)

Guest Writer - Deshal De Mel

Deshal de Mel was formerly a Research Economist at IPS where he worked on international trade and regional integration issues. He was also part of Sri Lanka government delegations on the India-Sri Lanka CEPA negotiations. Since leaving IPS, he has joined the private sector in November 2010. He is currently Senior Economist in a leading Sri Lankan conglomerate and a Director at a leading Bank. Deshal was a co-editor of the IPS blog at its inception in November 2009. (Talk with Deshal - deshald@gmail.com)

G D Dayaratne

G. D. Dayaratne works on health economic policy issues at IPS. He was awarded the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship and pursued mid-carrier level graduate studies in resource economics at Texas A & M University, USA. He also has Post Graduate Diplomas from Statistical Institute of Asia & Pacific, Japan and Demographic Research and Training Institute at University of Colombo. Dayaratne is an Economics graduate of University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (Talk to Dayaratne - dayaratne@ips.lk)

Chinthani Sooriyamudali

Chinthani Sooriyamudali is a Research Assistant with research interests on Poverty and Development Policy, Econometrics and Economic Modelling, Macroeconomic Policy and Planning, and International Economics and Trade. She holds BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Colombo. Talk to her at chinthani@ips.lk.

Chatura Rodrigo

Chatura was a Research Economist at IPS with research interests in environment and natural resource economics, food and agriculture economics, and international trade. He holds a BSc in Agricultural economics and an MSc in Environment Economics from the University of Peradeniya, an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo, an MSc in Food Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph, Canada. He is a PhD candidate (Joint PhD) from the Universities of Colombo and Guelph, Canada.

Chantal Sirisena

Chantal was an economist and finance professional. Her research interests were in international trade, foreign direct investment, migration, development finance and private sector development. Chantal graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from University College London. Post-graduation, she worked in investment banking, gaining experience in London and Sydney. Talk with Chantal - chantal@ips.lk

Chandana Karunaratne

Chandana Karunaratne was a Research Officer at the IPS. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Virginia, after which he completed a Master of Economics at the University of Sydney and a Master of Applied Finance at the University of Western Sydney. His areas of interest in economic policy analysis include international trade, migration, food security, and overseas development assistance.

Burhanudheen Thassim

Burhanudheen was a Project Intern at IPS while studying for a Bachelors degree in Economics at the Royal Institute, Colombo. He currently works in the private sector.

Buddhika Brahmanage

Buddhika Brahmanage was a Research Assistant at the IPS. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include public enterprise reform, regulatory economics, energy and macroeconomics. She is currently studying for a Masters degree at ANU, Australia.

Bilesha Weeraratne

Bilesha Weeraratne is a Research Fellow at IPS focusing on internal and international migration and urbanization. She is also interested in labour economics, economic development, and economics of sports. Prior to re-joining IPS in 2014 Bilesha was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, USA. Bilesha holds a MPhil and a PhD in Economics from the City University of New York, USA. She is a member of the Talking Economics Editorial Team. (Talk with Bilesha - bilesha@ips.lk)

Ayodya Galapattige

Ayodya Galappattige was a Research Officer at IPS working on poverty impact assessment, social security, microfinance, agriculture and environmental economics. Ayodya holds a BSc (Hons.) in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Athula Senaratne

Athula Senaratne is currently a Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Economic Policy research at the IPS. Prior to joining the IPS in 2006, he has gathered considerable experience on the management of environmental resources and economic policy in Sri Lanka serving in the government sector. He holds a PhD from the Deakin University, Australia. (Talk to Athula - athula@ips.lk)

Ashani Abayasekara

Ashani Abayasekara is a Research Officer with research interests in labour economics, economics of education, development economics, and microeconometrics. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Peradeniya and a Masters in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University. (Talk with Ashani - ashani@ips.lk)

Anushka Wijesinha

Anushka Wijesinha was formerly a Research Economist at the IPS, Acting Head of the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit, and Editor of 'Talking Economics'. He is an Asia Development Fellow (2013) and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper - Colombo Hub. His research and policy advisory aims to influence policies that drive innovation and also policies for inclusive private sector development and SME growth.

Anarkalee Perera

Anarakalee was a Research Assistant attached to the Poverty and Social Welfare unit. Her research interests include Poverty and Development Policy, with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Gender Policy. She holds a BA (cum laude) in International Affairs and Economics with a certificate in Development Studies from Mount Holyoke College, USA. Talk with Anarkalee - anarkalee@ips.lk.

Ajith De Alwis

Prof. Ajith De Alwis is a Lecturer at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa and was formerly the head of SLINTEC. He holds a B.Sc. Eng. from the University of Moratuwa and PhD from University of Cambridge. He is a columnist for the DailyFT (http://www.ft.lk/tag/ajith-de-alwis/) Talk to Prof. De Alwis - ajith@cheng.mrt.ac.lk