Gamani Corea Foundation

Honorary Board of Directors


All directors of the Gamani Corea Foundation serve in an honorary capacity in this autonomous, non-profit, charitable foundation.

Chairman, Dr. Nimal Sandaratne
Dr. Nimal Sanderatne holds a B.Sc.(Econ) Degree from the University of London, M.Sc. Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He was conferred the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree by the University of Peradeniya in 2004. Among the positions he has held are those of Director of Statistics, Director of Economic Research and Adviser Research and Training at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Among the positions he has held are those of Chairman Bank of Ceylon; Chairman of the National Development Bank and; Chairman of the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka, He has also been the Chairman and Director of Property Development Ltd (PDL), Chairman and Director of the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka (MBSL), Chairman and Director of NDBS Securities (Pvt) Ltd, Chairman and Director of Lanka Securities (Pvt) Ltd, Chairman and Director of Citi National Investment Bank, Director of Union Assurance Ltd. (UAL), Director of Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC).
He was the founder Chairman of the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA); Senior Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Visiting Senior Fellow of the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA) of the University of Peradeniya where he continues to teach
He was the President of the Sri Lanka Association of Economists (SLAE), President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science Section F (Social Sciences), a founder member of Ceylon Agricultural Economics Society and is Patron of the Sri Lankan Agricultural Economists Association. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Sri Lanka Economists Association.
He has been a Consultant to the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, Harvard Institute of International Development (HID) SIDA, ODI and ILO.
He is the author of several books on economics and social sciences and contributed over 75 articles to Journals and books. He is columnist on economic issues to the Sunday Times.

Vice Chairman, Dr. Harsha Aturupane
Harsha Aturupane is a Lead Education Specialist in the World Bank. He is also the Human Development Coordinator for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has a Ph.D and M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development from the University of Colombo.
He has worked and written extensively on human development, education economics, general education, higher education, labor economics, health economics, and the economics of poverty and income distribution. He has led teams in the preparation and supervision of World Bank projects and programs, covering higher education, general education, health, social protection, economic reform, private sector development, and strengthening fiduciary processes. He has also led teams in the production of World Bank research reports including higher education, general education, vocational training and labor markets. His experience covers working in countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, and the Maldives in the South Asia Region, as well as countries in the Middle-East and North Africa Region.

Deshamanya Dr. Godfrey Gunatilleke
Godfrey Gunatilleke graduated in English (1st Class Hons) from the University of Ceylon in 1948. He entered the Ceylon Civil Service and served in senior positions in the Ministries of Lands Industry and Planning, prior to retiring in 1972 to establish the Marga Institute.
He was consultant to the ILO UNCTAD, UNU, WHO and member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute. He is the recipient of several International and national awards including the Eisenhower Fellowship USA; the Health for All medal awarded by the WHO; the "Deshamanya" award for distinguished public service and D.Litt conferred by the University of Colombo in 1996.
He has authored several books articles and publications on development issues. His involvement in the literary field includes the publication of the literary critical journal Harvest (1945), short stories (“The Garden”, “Thief in the Night”) and literary critical articles (“Language without Metaphor”). Dr. Godfrey Gunatilleke is at present Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor of the Marga Institute.

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy
He was an official in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 1974-1989. He worked in the Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Divisions. During this time he was also seconded to the Ministry of Finance and Planning (1981-89). He was employed by the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990-2008. During that time he held the positions, inter alia, of Director, Economic Affairs Division and Deputy-Director, Secretary-General’s Office.

He was subsequently Interim Director, Social Transformation Programme Division, Commonwealth Secretariat (January-July 2010). He completed his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University and obtained his Doctorate from the University of Sussex.

Dr. Lloyd Fernando
Dr. Lloyd Fernando (MSc-Lumumba, Moscow; D.Phil, Sussex, UK) retired prematurely in 1993, as State Secretary Ministry of Policy Planning and Implementation and Director General National Planning (posts held concurrently) and proceeded to Manila, Philippines to take up the position of Alternate Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank. On return to Sri Lanka, he held the position of Chairman Marga Institute (premiere socio-economic research institute in Sri Lanka) for a period of five years. He was the Founder Director of the Institute of Policy Studies. He was until recently a member of the National Economic Council (chaired by the President of Sri Lanka) and the National Administrative Reforms Council. He also served as a member of the former Salaries and Cadre Commission. His research publications cover, mostly, macroeconomics, development planning, public policy and administrative reforms. He is currently Program Director-Public Policy at the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the Sri Jayewardenapura University.

Mr. Harin De Silva Wijeyeratne
Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Limited,Independent Non Executive Director Union Assurance Limited, An Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK Brings over 26 years of experience in the fields of general management, financial management and auditing which has been acquired while being employed at Investcorp Bank, Bahrain, Grindlays Bahrain Bank, Ernst & Young, Bahrain and Ernst & Young, Sri Lanka

Dr. Dushni Weerakoon
Dr. Dushni Weerakoon is the Executive Director and Head of Macroeconomic Policy Research at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Her research and publications cover areas related to macroeconomic policy, regional trade integration and international economics. She has extensive experience in the arena of public policy through her research and direct engagements in policy formulation. These have included serving as a member of the Macro and Trade Policy Steering Committee of the Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation (2002-04), an official delegate to the Committee of Experts to negotiate the South Asian Free Trade Agreement under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce (2004-05) and member of the Trade and Tariff Committee of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED) of the Ministry of Finance (2004-2010) amongst others. She has worked as a consultant and resource person to international organizations such as the ADB, World Bank, WTO, UN-ESCAP, UNDP and ILO, and served as a Non-Executive Independent Director in the corporate sector. She holds a BSc in Economics with First Class Honours from the Queen’s University of Belfast, U.K., and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K.