Hon. (Dr.) Harsha De Silva, M.P.
State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Sri Lanka
Hon. Dr. Harsha de Silva is State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.
He entered Parliament in 2010 on the UNP National List following a successful career in the private sector as an economist, development banker, international consultant and entrepreneur. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the District of Colombo in August 2015 and was subsequently appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He led the reorientation of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy towards economic diplomacy and was instrumental in regaining the GSP+ trade concession to the EU. He served as Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs from January to August 2015 and from June 2017 to February 2018. Prior to that, he was the spokesperson for economic affairs for the then opposition UNP. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Missouri, has had executive training at MIT and Harvard, and is an Eisenhower Fellow.