Dr. Nisha Arunatilake


Dr. Nisha Arunatilake

Nisha is an Economist with over 16 years of research experience. Her research and publications have covered various dimensions of development, especially the areas of education, labour, employment, health, public finance and social protection. She has published in peer reviewed journals both nationally and internationally.

She has collaborated with, and has been a consultant to different organizations including the World Bank; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Asian Development Bank (ADB); Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI); International Labour Organization (ILO), in numerous research studies. She was the lead author of the second National Human Development Report (2012) (http://bit.ly/2gIKnNQ) for Sri Lanka.

She has served in National Level Committees on labour, employment, human resource development, migration, health sector reform, and tobacco and alcohol policy formulation.

Nisha Arunatilake holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics with summa cum laude from the University of the South, USA and an MA and PhD in Economics from Duke University, USA.