Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja


Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja

Executive Director, LKI

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja joined LKI as the Chair of the Global Economy Programme (supported by Dilmah) in July 2017. He also serves as a member of the Task Force on the Freedom of Navigation in the Indian Ocean, chaired by the Hon. Prime Minister, and as a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Prior to his appointment at LKI, he worked at a senior level in international organisations and in the private sector in Asia and the UK over the last 25 years. He was based at the Asian Development Bank in Manila since 2004 and was most recently Advisor in the Office of the ADB Chief Economist in Manila. He was previously the Director of Research of the ADB Institute in Tokyo and Global Head of Trade and Competitiveness at Maxwell Stamp PLC in London.

He has also held positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD, Oxford University, the Overseas Development Institute and the United Nations. He has also been a consultant to many international organisations including DFID, DFAT, USAID, SIDA, UNIDO, ILO, OECD and the World Bank. He has directed projects in over 30 developing countries (including Asia, Africa and Latin America) and has been a technical lead on government-led projects with the UK, Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

He has a DPhil. in Economics from Oxford University, and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. He has published 19 books and monographs on trade, competitiveness, regional infrastructure, macroeconomics and economic development.