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.

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

Child Poverty in Sri Lanka

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

Poverty, Household Income, Expenditure & Inequality in Sri Lanka: Trends, Issues and Options

Presented to staff of the Research Unit of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
June 2019
Sri Lanka Parliament

Highlights from the MDG Report
Launch of MDG Country Report 2014
Sports Ministry Auditorium
Colombo – Sri Lanka
March 2015


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.

Fuelling Sri Lanka’s Tourism Sector to Achieve SDGs, Talking Economics, 08 December 2017.

Ensuring the Rights of Our Children: What More Can We Do?, Talking Economics, 14 December 2015.