Wimal Nanayakkara is a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) with research interests in Poverty and Inequality, and is specialist in sampling, survey methodology and survey data analysis. He was the Director-General of Census and Statistics (1994-2006) and a former President of the Population Association of Sri Lanka (2017-2018). He is a visiting lecturer of the University of Moratuwa and University of Colombo, and formerly of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the University of Kelaniya. He is also a Member of the Institute of Applied Statistics.
He received his BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Peradeniya and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from the University of Reading, UK. He has also completed advanced courses in sampling and processing, and analysis of survey data at the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo, Japan.
Tilakaratna, G., Nanayakkara, W. Madurawala S., Jayaratne, S., and Wickramasinghe, K. (2017), National Level Implications of SDG Implementation: The Case of Sri Lanka, Southern Voice Occasional Paper Series 41, Southern Voice: Dhaka.
Nanayakkara, W. (2016), How can Trade Contribute to Sustainable Development Goals, Trade Insight, (12-1), pp. 8-11.
UNDP Sri Lanka, Millennium Development Goals Country Report – 2014, Lead Author.
UNDP Sri Lanka, National Human Development Report – 2012 Sri Lanka, Contributor.
IPS, NCED and UNDP Sri Lanka, Millennium Development Goals Country Report – 2008/09, Lead Author.
Leaving No One Behind: Post COVID-19 – Social & Economic Recovery
Guest Lecture organised by Rotary Club of Cinnamon Gardens
13 August 2020
Presentation on the National Conference on “Measure What You Treasure: Child Poverty and Deprivations in Sri Lanka”, jointly organised by the Ministry of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, UNICEF and CEPA
26-27 August 2019
Presented to staff of the Research Unit of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Parliament
Highlights from the MDG Report
Launch of MDG Country Report 2014
Sports Ministry Auditorium
Colombo – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Post-COVID-19 Recovery: The Need for Inclusive Economic Growth, Talking Economics, 21 January 2021.
Education Equity in Sri Lanka: A Pathway out of Poverty, Talking Economics, 28 December 2020.
Controlling NCDs in Sri Lanka in the Age of a Pandemic, Talking Economics, 11 September 2020.
(Not) in the Same Boat: Who is Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Wave in Sri Lanka?, Talking Economics, 10 August 2020.
Measuring Poverty within Sri Lanka’s New Reality as an Upper Middle Income Country, Talking Economics, 05 February 2020.
Data, the Driving Force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Talking Economics, 08 November 2019.
Lurking in the Shadows: A Closer Look at Multidimensional Poverty in Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, 06 June 2019.
Alleviating Poverty in Sri Lanka: Take a Broader Look at Poverty Measures!, Talking Economics, 18 March 2019.
A Balancing Act: Can Sri Lanka Overcome Regional Income Inequalities?, Talking Economics, 27 December 2018.
Weather Related Disasters in Sri Lanka: Most Vulnerable and Where to Find Them, CLIMATEnet, 26 November 2018.
Digging Deep: A Closer Look at Income Poverty in Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, 30 July 2018.
Fuelling Sri Lanka’s Tourism Sector to Achieve SDGs, Talking Economics, 08 December 2017.
Poverty and Access to Education: An Old Problem Affecting the Young Generation of Sri Lanka, Talking Economics, 09 October 2017.
Human Development: Sri Lanka’s Achievements and Challenges, Talking Economics, 04 July 2017.
Status of Poverty in Sri Lanka Based on Different Poverty Lines, Talking Economics, 30 March 2017.
Can Sri Lanka Eradicate Poverty and Reduce Income Inequality by 2030?, Talking Economics, 03 June 2016.
From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: Is Sri Lanka Ready for the Next Step?, Talking Economics, 06 January 2016.
Ensuring the Rights of Our Children: What More Can We Do?, Talking Economics, 14 December 2015.
Child Poverty: Who are the Poorest Children in Sri Lanka?, Talking Economics, 29 July 2015.
Millennium Development Goals – Sri Lanka’s Achievements and Challenges Ahead, Talking Economics, 09 April 2015.