Dilani Hirimuthugodage is a Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) with research interests in Agriculture and Agribusiness Development, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change, and Intellectual Property.

Dilani has 14 years of research experience at IPS. She has worked as a consultant to several international organisations including the British Council, World Bank, JICA, WFP and FAO. She has also functioned as a consultant to several government ministries such as the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Environment. Dilani has served in national committees on IP including the committee which drafted the National Intellectual Property Policy for Sri Lanka. Many of her research findings have been published in peer-reviewed national and international journals, magazines and book chapters.

Dilani is a recipient of the Fellowship Programme on Intellectual Property, Transfer of Technology and Licensing awarded by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and held in France in 2017. She holds a BA in Economics with a Second Class (Upper) and Masters in Economics (Distinction Pass) from the University of Colombo. In addition, she is a part-qualified candidate of CIMA-UK.

Advisory work

National Working Group Committee on the Implementation of GI System for Sri Lanka
Member (2021-)
Ministry of Industries

Steering Committee on Taxation and Ban on Single Stick Cigarettes
Steering Committee Member (2020)
National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA)

Research

Hirimuthugodage, D. and N. Dissanayake (2023), “ The Case for Banning Single Sticks Cigarettes: Options for Effective Implementation”, Policy Discussion Brief, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. and N. Dissanayake (2023), “Indirect Promotion of Tobacco Through Social Media”, Policy Discussion Brief, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2022) “Geographical Indication System to Protect the Craft Sector in Sri Lanka’, in Conference Proceedings on Worldwide Perspectives on Geographical Indications, France:  Montpellier.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2022) “Science Behind the Traditional Weather Forecasting”, Vidurava Science Magazine, Vol (39), National Science Foundation.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2021). ‘The Role of Traditional Health Care in an Era of Pandemics’ in ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2021’, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2020). ‘Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in Reviving Sri Lanka’s Economy, COVID-19 and Beyond’ in ‘Sri Lanka: State of the Economy 2020’, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

De Silva, A., Hirimuthugodage, D. et al. (2020), “The Creative and Cultural Industries in Sri Lanka”, Colombo: British Council Sri Lanka.

Kelegama, S. and Hirimuthugodage, D. (2019) “Food Security Policy Framework in Sri Lanka: Market Reforms, Diversification and Safety Nets” in  Kumar, N. and Joseph, G. (Ed.) Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Food Security in South Asia, London: UNESCAP and Routledge.

Wijayasiri, J., Thibbotuwawa, M. and Hirimuthugodage, D. (2017), Analysis of Cinnamon, Pepper and Cardamom Value Chains in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.

Ban on Single Stick Cigarettes and the Abhisheka Programme

Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Promoting Ecotourism in Sri Lanka, External Economic Review (no. 87/2016),Foreign Trade University Vietnam, 2016

Hirimuthugodage, D. and P.A. Samaratunga (2016), “Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Traditional Knowledge: the Case of Rice in Sri Lanka, Working papers series: No: 24, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2015) “Floriculture: A Blooming Industry in Sri Lanka”, Sri Lanka Exporter Magazine, July/September 2015.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2014), “Changing Lifestyles in Asia: Food Habits and Health Risks”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuhugodage, D (2014), ” Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties: The Case of Seed Paddy in Sri Lanka, Abstracts, International Conference of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sabaragamuwa.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2014), “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, Abstracts, 8th Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association.

Hirimuthugodage, D.(2013), “Future Challenges of Changing Food Demand and Consumption Patterns”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2012), “Chapter on Optimizing Natural Resources and Agriculture”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2011), “Strategic Remedies for Rising Food Prices”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2011) “TRIPs Agreement and the Agriculture in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective” South Asian Economic Journal,Vol.12,No.2,p 287-305.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2010), “Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka”, Abstracts, Fourth Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association, Peradeniya.

Hirimuthugodage,D. (2008), “SAARC Food Bank : Dealing with Food Insecurity During Crises”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Knight-John, M. and D. Hirimuthugodage (2007), “Understanding the conditions for change in state-owned enterprises : A political economy perspective on reforms in selected entities in the energy and transportation sector”, Sri Lanka State of the Economy (SOE) Report, Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hirimuthugodage, D. (2006) “Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges”, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, available at: http://www.trc.gov.lk/pdf/TRC_research-r 2006-07.

Presentations

Panelist at the panel discussion on “Spice Horizons: Tracing the Legacy of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Ceylon Cinnamon and the Future of Other PGI Products for Export Development”

Organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)-Sri Lanka
27 February 2024
Water’s Edge, Battaramulla

“Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in Sri Lanka: Current Status”

Introductory workshop on ‘Harnessing Creativity for Sustainable Development: Assessing Sri Lanka’s Cultural and Creative Industry
Organised by UNESCO New Delhi and the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs
23 October 2023
Cinnamon Grand Colombo

“Geographical Indication System in Sri Lanka”
New Public Library Auditorium in Ratnapura

Organised by the Development of Minor Export Crops Plantation Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries
17 March 2023

Presenter and the discussant at the “GI Certification for Ceylon Golden Pinneaple” at the District Secretariat, Gampaha

Organised by the Ministry of Plantation Industries -Development of Minor Export Crops Plantation Division
18 May 2023

Presentation & training for the Officers of the Deputy Provincial Director of Agriculture (Gampaha)

Organised by the Development of Minor Export Crops Plantation Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries
9 August 2023

Presentation & training for the Officers of the Deputy Provincial Director of Agriculture (Kurunegala)

Organised by the Development of Minor Export Crops Plantation Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries
5 December 2023

‘The Progress in Obtaining a Geographical Indication (GI) System for Ceylon Golden Pineapple (CGP) and Kolonna Pepper (KP)’

National Conference
Organised by the State Ministry for the Development of Minor Crops and Export Promotion
28 February 2022
Water’s Edge Baththaramulla

‘Importance of the Geographical Indications (GI)’

First Kolonna Pepper GI Association, at the Annual General Meeting
Organised by the Ministry of State Minister of Development of Minor Crops Plantation and Export Promotion
10 February 2022

Guest speech at the “at the Training and Awareness Workshop on “Establishment of Geographical Indication (GI) system in Sri Lanka”

Provincial Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture in the Gampaha District
1 December 2022

Launch of research report ‘A Scientific Investigation of Tobacco and Alcohol Portrayal in Sri Lankan Media and its Public Health Implications’
Organised by the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), Sri Lanka
30 March 2021
Cinnamon Grand

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “Dynamics of Food Security and Future Challenges” at LQA series at Bandaranaike Center for International Studies,19th October 2016

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “Improving Market Availability and Accessibility in Dairy and Fisheries Markets in Sri Lanka” at Results Sharing & Consultation Workshop on Food Security, Supply and Price Behaviour in Rice, Fisheries and Dairy Products, Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and The National Science Foundation (NSF) at Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila, 03rd – 04th November 2016

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2016) “ Agri- food Value Chains in Sri Lanka” at National Workshop on Food Security in Sri Lanka, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, 4 April 2016.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “Improving Market Affordability and Accessibility of Milk and Milk Products in Sri Lanka”, at the 8th Annual Research Forum, Sri Lanka Agricultural Economic Association, 12-13 December, 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “The Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture in South Asia: A Sri Lankan Perspective” (selected) at the Asia Pacific Economic Association, Bangkok, Thailand, 9-10th July 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2014) “Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting New Plant Varieties – The Case of Seed Paddy in Sri Lanka” at the International Conference of Agricultural Sciences 2014, at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 10th January 2014.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2012), Protecting New Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Traditional Knowledge in Sri Lanka, at the International Symposium on Agriculture & Environment, at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, 29th  November, 2012.

Wijesingha,A. and D. Hirimuthugodage (2012), Promoting Regional Value Chains in Tea in South Asia: Case of Sri Lankan Tea Sector at a conference on Strategic Partnership for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia, Organized by ADB and Pathfinders, Colombo,10th, August,2011.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2010) The Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement and the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka at the Agricultural Economic Research Forum, University of Peradeniya, 17th December, 2010.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Telecom regulatory and policy environment in Sri Lanka: Results and analysis of the 2008 survey (skype conference with the regional countries) at the Lirneaisa, 29th August, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Issues and constraints in TRE survey and indicators – TRE planning meeting at Hotel Dolphin, 10th May, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2008) Principle issues and the constraints in the energy and transportation sectors, at Hotel Taj Samudra, 12th February, 2008.

Hirimuthugodage,D.(2007) Local Loop Unbundling in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges, Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, 27th May, 2007.

Commentary
Blogs
Media

Discussion on the ‘Importance of a GI System for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
29 October 2021

Labor shortage hits Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry, Nikkei Asian Review, 21 June 2017

Member of a Project Consultation Procurement Committee of Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA)

Rukshana Rezwies Article on “ Farmers Say No” on Sunday Observer (13/03/2016)

Panellist at the Session on “Science Technology & IPR” at the 7th South Asia Economic Summit, New Delhi.

“Guarding What is Ours”, Blog Article, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, available at: