Anushka Wijesinha

Chief Economist, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Anushka is a development economist with a track record of research published in national and international publications, focusing on economic governance, private sector development and innovation. He works closely with leaders in government, international development agencies, and private sector institutions to advance research and policy advocacy on these issues.

Anushka has led regional economic research projects in South Asia and has worked in South Korea, as an Asia Development Fellow of the Korea Development Institute. In both 2013 and 2014, Anushka was recognized in Echelon magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ list of Sri Lanka’s most influential young persons and he is also a ‘New Champions Awardee’ of the World Economic Forum.

Anushka was formerly Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies, where he headed the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit. He previously worked with the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009-10) promoting taxation reform, and as Assistant Director of the Economic Affairs Division of the Peace Secretariat (2009), promoting the role of enterprises in post-conflict development.

He is a consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, GIZ, and UNESCAP.

He is a Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of Union Assurance General and HNB Grameen Microfinance. He has previously been a Board Member of the apex SME state agency, NEDA.

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.