Nilupulee Rathnayake is a Research Assistant working on Macro, Trade and Competitiveness research at IPS. She holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, and a BA in Economics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is a Commonwealth Scholar who received the coveted Commonwealth Shared Scholarship offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK in 2021/22 to pursue her postgraduate studies. Nilupulee topped her batch at the Department of Economics, University of Colombo, and won two gold medals: ‘Professor of Economics Gold Medal’ and ‘M W Jayasooriya Memorial Prize for Economics’ along with the prize for the ‘Best Third Year Student in Economics’. During her undergraduate studies, she also won the ‘Best Research Paper’ award under the theme of ‘Social values and institutions’ at the ‘16th South Asian Economics Students’ Meet’ held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nilupulee is a former Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Colombo.