Dr Lloyd Fernando was appointed a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Gamani Corea Foundation by the late Dr Gamani Corea himself in 2002. In April 2020, he succeeded Dr Nimal Sanderatne as the Chairman of the Board. Dr Fernando had his university education in Moscow (MSc –Friendship University, 1966) and Sussex (D.Phil,University of Sussex, 1979). He joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, as a Research Officer in 1967 and 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, the 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 2014, 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.
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.
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. 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.
Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy was Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from July 4, 2016 to December 19, 2019. Dr. Coomaraswamy has over 40 years of experience in policy making and providing economic advisory services, on both macroeconomic and structural issues at national and intergovernmental levels. Dr Coomaraswamy started his career in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1974-89). He worked in the Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Departments of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. During this time, Dr Coomaraswamy was seconded to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, from 1982 to 1989. He was employed by the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1989 to 2008. During that time, he held positions such as Director, Economic Affairs Division and Deputy-Director, Secretary-General’s Office. He has also served as the Interim Director, Social Transformation Programme Division. Dr Coomaraswamy has also served as an Independent Executive Director of John Keells Holdings PLC from 2011 to July 2016; Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC from 2011 to July 2016 and May 2020 todate; and Sarvodaya Development Finance Limited. He is also currently Chairman of Lynear Wealth Management. Dr. Coomaraswamy obtained a B.A. (Hons) degree from the University of Cambridge and subsequently a DPhil degree from the University of Sussex. In addition, he has represented and led the Sri Lanka National Rugby team. Dr Coomaraswamy also played First Class Cricket. Dr Coomaraswamy received awards as the “Sri Lankan of the Year 2016 “(LMD) and “Central Bank Governor of the Year for South Asia” 2017 (Euromoney Institutional Investor Group Plc). He also received the Sri Lankan national honour of “Deshamanya” in August, 2019.
Chairman of the Audit Committee of MAS Holdings, Independent Non-Executive Director of DFCC Bank, former Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Limited, former Independent Non Executive Director Union Assurance Limited. Owner of Avastha Financial Advisory Services Pvt Ltd and Co-Founder of Kalyana, Sri Lanka, a non profit organization to support mental well-being. An Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka and Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. Brings over 28 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 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.