Network of experts and development specialists

  • Sisira Jayasuriya

    Sisira Jayasuriya, is a development economist with a focus on economic policy issues in Asia. His current research is on food security in Asia, agricultural policy reforms in India, political economy of Sri Lanka, economics of natural disasters, and trade and macroeconomic issues in Asia. He has held previous appointments at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), the Australian National University, Melbourne University and La Trobe University, and has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, World Bank and several United Nations agencies such as ESCAP, FAO and ILO. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra. Prof Jayasuriya’s underegraduate education was at the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya), and Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.

  • Prema-chandra Athukorala

    Prema-chandra Athukorala is Professor of Economics in Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, College of Asia and The Pacific at the Australian National University, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Honarary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. His publications include Trade Policy Issues in Asian Development (Rutledge, 1998), Structural Adjustment and labour Migration in East Asia (Oxford University Press). Liberalization and Industrial Adjustment: Sri Lanka in International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2000), Saving, Investment and Growth in India (Oxford University Press, 2002), Crisis and Recovery in Malaysia: The Role of Capital Controls (Edward Elgar 2003), Multinational Enterprises in Asian Development (Edward Elgar 2007), five other books, and over 150 papers in scholarly journals and multi-author volumes. At various times he has served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, UNCTAD, ESCAP and the Australian Agency for International Development. These assignments have resulted in work on, inter alia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Jordan and Georgia.

  • Krishnamurthy Ramanathan

    Head of APCTT

  • Mostafa Abid Khan

    Director (Programme, Research and Policy Advocacy)

  • Rajindra Ariyabandu

    Mr. Ariyabandu is a development professional with extensive experience in national and regional water related research, policy and practice. Hisprofessional career spans over 30 years and includes working with government and international research institutions, regional water partnerships, multilateral donor agencies, global think tanks, international  NGOs and the United Nations. Much of his focus has been on water governance, policy, legislation and promoting Regional Corporation in disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Ariyabandu have knowledge and experience in national water policy formulation, drafting legislations, coordination of programme work in the South Asian region, livelihood research and analysis and implementing cost effective rural water supply systems in developing countries.  He has led many field research programmes at county level and functionedas the team leader in sub-regional water and livelihood projects. Further, he has wide experience in training and consulting work in the Asia-Pacific region. I have many research papers and publications on water management and governance. His core expertise remains in South Asia. Currently he is based in Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

  • Somesh K Mathur

    Somesh K. Mathur, PhD has nearly eleven years of teaching and research experience at the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), Delhi prior to his joining the IIT Kanpur(www.iitk.ac.in) in 2008. While teaching at the Jamia he completed his M. Phil and PhD degrees in economics from the Centre for International Trade and Development, JNU. He joined as Fellow at the RIS, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in April, 2006 on deputation from the Department of Economics, JMI for two years. In 2008, he had joined on permanent basis IIT Kanpur as Assistant Professor of Economics in the Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) department of the IIT Kanpur. In 2012, he was elevated to position of Associate Professor.

    His area of interest lies in efficiency and productivity analysis, new trade and growth theories, evaluating Economic agreements, Gravity Analysis convergence issues, TRIPS and other WTO issues. He has participated in various national and international conferences and has published in refereed national and international journals like Review of international economics, Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Korean Economy, Indian Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of World Intellectual Property Rights, Journal of Infrastructure Development, Foreign Trade Review, Journal of Industrial Statistics(CSO), UNESCAP and ADB Publications, among others.

  • Saman Kelegama

    Saman Kelegama is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Prior to this appointment as the Executive Director he was a Research Fellow of the IPS from 1990-1994. He is a trade policy economist who also works on industrial economics, public enterprise reform, and macroeconomics. He obtained his doctorate — D.Phil (Econ) from Oxford University, UK in 1990. He has an MSc (Econ) from Oxford University and MSc (Maths) first class degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. He was a Government of India Cultural Scholar for his undergraduate studies during 1978-1983. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1998); Government of India Distinguished Visiting Scholar (1998); Salzburg Fellow (1997); USIS International Visitor (1993); and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (1992/3). He has been (and is) a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Colombo, Post-Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BDTI), Sri Lanka and several other institutions. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, UN-ESCAP, Commonwealth Secretariat, among other organizations.

  • Prabir De

    Prabir Deis a Professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). He is also the Coordinator of ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at RIS. De works in the field of international economics and has research interests in international trade and development. He was a visiting Fellow of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo; and visiting Senior Fellow of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. He has been conducting policy research for the Government of India and several international organisations. De has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He has contributed several research papers in international journals and written books on trade and development. He is the managing editor ofSouth Asia Economic Journal, published by Sage.

  • John Gilbert

    John Gilbert received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Auckland in 1998. He is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Finance, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. His area of research and teaching specialization is international economics, and he has published extensively in both international trade theory and international trade policy. He has worked on many international projects for institutions including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and is an advisor to ARTNeT, a collaborative capacity-building project between UNESCAP and the WTO. Much of his policy work has involved trade policy simulation using computable general equilibrium methods. In addition to his research work on international trade theory and policy, he has written and published extensively in the area of economics educationt

  • Hiren Sarkar

    Retired (30 May 2009) from United Nations ESCAP as Chief of Section and Deputy Head, Special Unit on Countries with Special Needs, UNESCAP preceded by holding of the position of Chief, Development Policy Section UNESCAP, United Nations Building, Rajadamnern Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Possesses more than 30 years of experience in development research including Agricultural development and Achievement of Millennium Development Goals, Inclusive growth and development, Creation and management of NGO forums including funding in all the SAARC countries, Program and project evaluation. Wide range of publication of articles and books. Undertaken consultancies with ILO and ADB on development issues. Currently economic adviser to the Bengal Women’s Welfare Association (an microfinance NGO) and External Expert at the Centre for The Study of Religion and Society, Jadavpur University.

    Joined the UN after 13 years of service (of which 5 years were at Director Level) at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, Conducted large all India survey projects in the area of Agricultural Development, livelihood creation and infrastructure constraint.

  • Lee, Jeong Hyop

    Lee, Jeong Hyop received his Ph. D. in economic geography from the Seoul National University and was Director of the Center for STI Development at the Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) in Korea. Before he joined STEPI, he worked for the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI). He has published many articles, books and policy reports on the issue of science, technology and innovation and he has actively engaged in various planning and evaluation committees in Korea. Some of the major programs are the Enterprise City Program of the Ministry of Construction & Transportation, the Techno-park Program of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the Research Hospital and Medi-Cluster Program of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

    He has also served as a full time advisor for the Korean Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Business Hub (Later Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative) where he led the sub-committee on clusters and national innovation systems. He also has various consulting experiences for developing countries. He helped the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology prepare a five year S&T plan and provided a master plan of industrial technology centers for the Egyptian Ministry of Industry and Technology. He was also invited to contribute to the feasibility study on Uzbekistan Special Economic Zones. And he has experience working with various international organizations such as OECD, the World Bank, APEC, UN agencies. He has initiated a three year consulting project on innovation system diagnosis and STI strategy development for least developed countries from 2012. He is also working with ASEAN countries to develop strategic STI roadmaps to address global challenges such as water, food, green energy and other issues. Lastly he has cooperated with the African Network of Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation to develop strategies to overcome neglected diseases in Africa.

  • Patrick Low


    Patrick Low is the Chief Economist at the World Trade Organisation Secretariat and an honorary professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. For a short interlude from 1999–2001, Low served as WTO Director-General Mike Moore’s Chief of Staff. He has taught at Colegio de México and has been Adjunct Professor at the Kent State University Geneva Semester Programme since 1996. He holds a PhD in economics from Sussex University.

  • Anushka Wijesinha


    Anushka is an economist and policy advisor, currently consulting with several international agencies including the World Bank and GIZ. He has published extensively in local and international publications, and his insights are regularly sought by government, multilateral, and private sector institutions. In both 2013 and 2014, Anushka was recognized in Echelon magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ list of Sri Lanka’s most influential young persons. Anushka was formerly Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies, where he headed the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit. His research covered industrial development and SMEs, innovation, international economics, and taxation. He has co-authored many research/policy reports that were the first on each subject (innovation, tax incentives, SME banking, and knowledge economy) in the country – ‘Fostering Innovation to Fast-forward Growth in Sri Lanka’ (IPS 2013), ‘Incentivizing Foreign Investment in Sri Lanka and the Role of Tax Incentives’ (IPS, 2013), ‘Banking on SME Growth’ (IPS 2015), and ‘Building Sri Lanka’s Knowledge Economy’ (World Bank 2007). He previously worked with the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009-10), as Assistant Director of the Economic Affairs Division of the Peace Secretariat (2009), and the World Bank (2006 and 2007). He graduated with distinction in a Masters in Economics and Development from the University of Leeds Business School, UK and BSc (Hons.) in Economics from the University College London, UK. Other activities:

    • Special Advisor on Industrial Development and Youth Entrepreneurship to Minister of Industry and Commerce
    • Member – Economic, Fiscal Policy and Planning Steering Committee, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
    • Member – FDI and Ease of Doing Business Steering Committee, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
    • Member of Economic Policy Advisory Committee, Ministry of Policy Development and Economic Affairs
    • World Economic Forum Global Shaper (Colombo Hub) and ‘New Champions Awardee’ of the World Economic Forum
    • Visiting Lecturer at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute

  • Pushpa Raj Rajkarnikar

    Rajkarnikar has done hisPh.D in export finance. Rajkarnikar has obtained degrees of Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India. In addition, he hassuccessfully completed several trainings from national, regional and international institutions like Asian Statistical Institute, IMF institute etc on different subjects particularly on trade, finance and economics.

    Rajkarnikar has long experience in banking and he started hiscareer in central bank and retried from the post of Deputy Governor. He had theopportunity to chair board of directors of several banks and state owned enterprises in Nepal. I was also a member of National Planning Commission. He had the opportunity to coordinate some task forces constituted for formulating public policies. I was also advisor to private sector associations like Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Currently he is advisor to Federation of Nepalese Cottage and Small Industries. Also he ischairman of Institute for Policy Research and Development, a NGO and Trade and Development Studies, a private company.

  • Kym Anderson

    Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77); and in 2012 he rejoined ANU part-time as a Professor of Economics in its Crawford School of Public Policy. He was on extended leave at the Economic Research division of the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva during 1990-92 and at the World Bank’s Research Group in Washington DC as Lead Economist (Trade Policy) during 2004-07. He is a Fellow of the AAEA, AARES, AAWE, ASSA and CEPR. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, and President of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. He has published more than 300 articles and 30 books, including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami, 1986), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers, 1992), The World’s Wine Markets: Globalization at Work (2004), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin, 2006) and, during 2008-10, a set of 4 regional and 3 global books on Distortions to Agricultural Incentives. His latest edited volume is on Measuring WTO’s Contributions to Global Economic Welfare (2014) and a collection of his articles is available in Trade, Development, and Agriculture: Essays in Economic Policy Analysis (2013). His publications have received a number of awards from professional associations, including the 2010 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis from the America’s Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He also has an interest in wine economics: as co-founder of the American Association of Wine Economists and co-editor of its Journal of Wine Economics, and as compiler of a number of global grape and wine market databases (freely available also as ebooks from the University of Adelaide Press, at www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles).

  • Jorge Carrillo

    Social anthropologist with more than 30 years of experience in social development and poverty reduction. Graduated from the LSE and conducted research and lectured in Venezuela before joining the United Nations in 1984. Worked in the Middle East and Asia and, after retiring from the UN in 2010, have continued to work as a social development and urban advisor based in Bangkok. During the last 20 years, my work has focused on the regional, national, and sub-national development of Southeast Asia. Areas of interest include urbanisation and citizenship, social protection and inequality, non-income poverty, participation, informality and livelihoods.

  • Chandrasiri Gunawardena

    Former director General of the Department of Census & Statistics

  • Dayaratna Silva


    Dr. Dayaratna Silva is an International Trade Economist with over 30 years of experience in the areas of economic development, trade and investment and Trade Facilitation. He worked as a Senior Economic Affairs Officer/Deputy Head attached to subregional office (SRO) of UNESCAP in New Delhi. Dr. Silva initiated and coordinated a number of trade related technical and capacity building programme to assist the member countries of the South and South West Asia (SSWA) region while contributing to the Flagship Reports including Trade and Investment Report of ESCAP. Prior to joining the United Nations, in the early 1980s, he was with the Department of Commerce as a Director/Senior official spanning over 29 years handling a wide variety of trade and development subjects in international and regional organisation such s WTO, UNCTAD, ITC, GSTP, SAARC and BIMSTEC. During the above period he was a member of Sri Lanka delegation to several regional and international intergovernmental meetings including the following Ministerial conferences of WTO and UNCTAD. He also served as Sri Lanka Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the WTO and was responsible for overseeing and Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s interest in multilateral negotiation including customs related issues and trade facilitation.

  • Jay Bandaralage


    Jay Bandaralage is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance Economics at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include input-output economics and computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling; trade and poverty; climate change and food security; and trade liberalization and economic integration in South Asia. He has authored or co-authored over 50 journal articles, book chapters, books and edited volumes. His research has mainly been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian Centre for international Agricultural Research, AusAID and some other national and international institutions. Associate Professor Bandaralage has also worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organization, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. He has supervised more than 25 honours, masters and PhD students and he is currently supervising 7 PhD students. He was the winner of the “Griffith Award for Excellence” in Teaching for the Honours and Postgraduate Category in 2004 and Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award in the category of research supervision in the Griffith Business School in 2013. He has also acted as a Co-Editor of Economic Analysis and Policy in 2006 and 2007.

  • Wiboon Shamsheun


    Senator, National Parliament of Thailand (2000-2006), former Vice Minister of Education and Vice Minister of Science & Technology Government of Thailand. An academician turned politician, born in 1947 in Kalasin Province, Thailand, Dr.Wiboon had basic education in Kalasin and Mahasarakam Provinces, before he won an AFS cultural scholarship for a high school diploma in Iowa, USA, in 1966-67. He received his first degree in English & Education from Mahasarakam University (1971), a Masters’ from Panjab University (1973), and a Ph.D. in Educational R & D from Hiroshima University(1981), all though government scholarships.In May 2013 with distinctive achievements Dr.Wiboon Shamsheun was conferred the academic status and position of Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Policy, Government and Educational Administration by the Board of Regents, University of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA.