Yolanthika was 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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vishvanathan Subramanian was 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 email@example.com.
H. N. Thenuwara is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, USA. He has previously served as an Assistant Governor and the Director of Research at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). He has a PhD in Economics, from The University of Iowa, a MA in Econometrics, from University of Manchester, a MSc in Applied Statistics from the University of Colombo, and a BSc in Physics, Pure Mathematics, and Industrial Management from the University of Kelaniya. He is a Distinguished Fellow of IPS.
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.
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Sunimalee Madurawala is a Research Economist at IPS. Her research interests include health economics, gender and population studies. Sunimalee holds a BA (Economics Special) with First Class Honours and a Masters in Economics (MEcon) from the University of Colombo. She is also partly qualified in CIMA-UK. (Talk to Sunimalee - email@example.com)
Dr. Saman Kelegama was the Executive Director of IPS from 1995 until his sudden demise in 2017. He was a trade policy economist who also worked 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 also served on the boards of several public and private institutions. He held 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/people/saman-kelegama/
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Ruwan Samaraweera is a Research Officer at IPS, with a background in entrepreneurial agriculture. He holds a Bachelor's in Export Agriculture from Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka. His research interests are in environmental economics, agricultural economics, macro-economic policy and planning, labour and migration, and poverty and development policy.
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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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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 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.
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.
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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.
Nuwanthi Senaratne was a Research Assistant at IPS. Her research interests include trade and international political economics including the role of trade negotiations, sanctions and international relations as well as topics in development economics. She holds a MSc with Distinction in International Economics, Finance and Development from the University of Surrey, UK and a BSc(Hons) in Economics and Finance from the University of Southampton, UK.
Nisha Arunatilake is the Director of Research 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.
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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 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 - email@example.com)
Nimesha Dissanayaka is a Research Officer at IPS. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Technology and Management, specialised in Applied Economics and Business Management from the University of Peradeniya.
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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 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 - email@example.com)
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.
Lakshila Wanigasinghe is a Research Assistant at IPS with research interests in poverty, social welfare, development, education, and health. She holds an MSc in Economics with a concentration in Development Economics and a BA in Economics with concentrations in International, Financial and Law and Economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), US.
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Kithmina Hewage is a Research Economist, 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 - email@example.com
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 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 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 - email@example.com)
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.
Harini Weerasekera is a Research Officer at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka with research interests in the areas of macroeconomic policy and planning, labour and migration, and econometrics and economic modelling. She graduated with an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.
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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 - email@example.com)
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
Dr. Dushni Weerakoon is currently the Executive Director of the IPS and Head of Macroeconomic Policy research at the Institute. She has over 23 years of experience at the IPS, and functioned as its Deputy Director from 2005 to 2017. 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dilani Hirimuthugodage is a Research Economist working on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Policy at IPS. Her research interests include agriculture economics, food security, intellectual property rights and innovations. She holds a Masters in Economics (with Distinction) from the University of Colombo. She is part-qualified in Charted Institute of Management (CIMA-UK). (Talk to Dilani: email@example.com).
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 - email@example.com)
G. D. Dayaratne worked 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chinthani Sooriyamudali is a Research Officer 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 email@example.com.
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.
Chathurga Karunanayake is a Research Officer at IPS with research interests in behavioural economics, labour economics, infrastructure development and regulatory governance. She holds a BA in Economics (Honours) and a Certificate in International Relations and Affairs from University of Colombo, and a DipLCM from University of West London, UK. She is a Council Member of the Sri Lanka Federation of University Women (SLFUW) and a Member of Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA).
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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.
Chandana Karunaratne was a Research Officer at IPS. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Virginia, after which he completed a Master of Economics at University of Sydney and a Master of Applied Finance at University of Western Sydney. His areas of interest in economic policy analysis include international trade, migration, food security, and overseas development assistance.
Chamini Thilanka was a Research Assistant at IPS. She holds a BA and an MA in Economics from the University of Peradeniya. She is a member of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA). She has also completed the World of Japanese Contemporary Culture (WJC) programme at Fukuoka Women’s University, Japan and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Buddhika Brahmanage was a Research Assistant at IPS. She holds a BA in Economics with First Class Honours from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include public enterprise reform, regulatory economics, energy and macroeconomics. She is currently studying for a Master's degree at ANU, Australia.
Bilesha Weeraratne is a Research Fellow at IPS focusing on internal and international migration and urbanisation. 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 City University of New York, USA. She is a member of the 'Talking Economics' Editorial Team.
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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 is a Research Fellow and Head of Environmental Economic Policy research at IPS. Prior to joining IPS in 2006, he has gained considerable experience in the management of environmental resources and economic policy in Sri Lanka serving in the government sector. He holds a PhD from Deakin University, Australia. (Talk to Athula - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ashani Abayasekara is a Research Economist 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.
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Asanka Wijesinghe is a Research Economist at IPS with research interests in macroeconomic policy, international trade, labour and health economics. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Technology and Management from the University of Peradeniya, an MS in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from North Dakota State University, and an MS and PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from The Ohio State University.
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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.
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.
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/)
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