Economic Forum

The Economic Forum on “Inclusive Economic Growth: Rethinking the Development Process in a Time of Paradigm Shift”

In many countries, people have not seen their incomes increase for years. The gap between rich and poor has broadened and rising inequality in income and in wealth is a major concern, though the income is just one aspect of people’s well-being. In just about every part, whether it be life expectation, education, or employment visions, success is determined by socio-economic standing, sex, wealth and assets, age or the places where people living. The engine of the economic growth in recent decades has headed to significant increases in wealth for huge numbers of people across the globe. But in spite of huge expansions in global economic output, there is evidence that our present social, political and economic structures are worsening inequalities, rather than reducing them.

While it is becoming vibrant that economic growth must also deliver broad-based enhancements in living standards, there is little in the method of concrete policy guidance on how to accomplish this goal and the world need an economic growth which generates opportunity for all sectors of the population and distributes the dividends of increased prosperity, both in monetary and non-monetary terms, fairly across the society.
The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) proudly presents the Economic Forum on “Inclusive Economic Growth: Rethinking the Development Process in a Time of Paradigm Shift” on 15th June 2017 at the Hotel Taj Samudra in Colombo at 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p. m.

The Forum is believed to act as a center stage for knowledge expansion in the field of Economics and development and about ways to rethink about the development process. The event will be an ideal opportunity for economists, policy makers, investors, researchers, academicians, professionals, and students to widen their scope listening to the renowned persons in the subject. The Economic Forum will provide the opportunity to have your questions and doubts cleared from the distinguished speakers during the Q&A session subsequent to the main session.


Mr. Anushka Wijesinha
Chief Economist
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Sri Lanka

Anushka is an economist with a track record of research and advisory work across Asia. He has published in national and international publications, focusing on innovation, private sector development, and international economics. He is currently the Chief Economist of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit.

Anushka serves on the Board of Directors of Seylan Bank PLC, FairFirst Insurance Ltd, and HNB Grameen Finance Ltd. In previous roles, he was an Asia Development Fellow of the Korea Development Institute; he headed the Industry, Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy Unit at the Institute of Policy Studies; was Research Officer to the Presidential Commission on Taxation; and was Assistant Director of Economic Affairs at the Government Peace Secretariat. Anushka has previously and has undertaken consultancies for the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, GIZ, and UNESCAP.

Anushka holds 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. He was recognised in Echelon Magazine’s ’40 Under 40’ list of influential young Sri Lankans in 2013 and 2014. Anushka is the Curator of the Global Shapers Colombo Hub.

Mr. E.A. Rathnaseela

Director Department of Public Finance Ministry of Finance Sri Lanka



Dr. Indrajith Aponsu

Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo
Consultant, Ministry of Science and Technology

Media Partner

Mr. Ralph van Doorn
Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Global Practice for Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management

Ralph van Doorn is the World Bank's senior country economist for Sri Lanka and Maldives. His work focuses on analyzing macroeconomic developments and the drivers of growth, and providing technical assistance to the government, with a specific focus on fiscal policy and public debt management. Previously at the World Bank he worked on fiscal policy, debt and growth issues in African, East Asian, Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Before joining the World Bank he worked at Credit Suisse in London analyzing developments in Egypt, Kazakhstan and the Gulf countries. He has published analyses on the impact of the global financial crisis on developing countries and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. He holds a Master of Research degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Science degree in applied physics from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka
to the United Nations in Geneva
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to France

Dayan Jayatilleka, PhD, a former Sri Lankan Ambassador and academic, is an author of several books and a prominent analyst/commentator in the media. Until January 2013 he served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France, Portugal and Spain and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Previously he was Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2009), including to the Conference on Disarmament. Dr. Jayatilleka is a member of the International Expert Group (IEG) of Security Index, the journal of the PiR Center (Center for Russian Studies), Moscow-Geneva. While in Sri Lanka’s ambassador/PR in Geneva, he held the posts: Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council (2007-2008), Chairman of the Governing Body of the ILO (2007), and Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the United Nations' Durban Declaration & Programme of Action against Racism, Racial Intolerance, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance (2008 - 2009).

Dr. Jayatilleka was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore. He was the editor of the Lanka Guardian magazine (1996-1998) and the Director of the Conflict Studies at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Colombo. He was the youngest Minister in the Provincial Council system at the time he held the portfolio of Planning and Youth Affairs in the North-East Provincial Council of Sri Lanka (1998-89). Dayan Jayatilleka graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Peradeniya, and received a Fulbright scholarship in 1982-83. He holds an M Phil from the University of Colombo and a PhD from Griffith University, Brisbane, also in Political Science.

Dr. Jayatilleka’s publications include The Travails of a Democracy: Unfinished War, Protracted Crisis (Vikas, New Delhi 1995); Fidel's Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro (Pluto, London, 2007); ‘Long War, Cold Peace: Conflict and Crisis in Sri Lanka’ (Vijitha Yapa Publishers, 2013); “The Fall of Global Socialism: a Counter-narrative from the South” (Palgrave Macmillan, London 2014).

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