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Harsha de Silva, Eisenhower Fellow

LIRNEasia’s lead economist Dr Harsha de Silva has been selected for the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. Our warm congratulations to Harsha on this high recognition of his potential as a decisive actor in public policy. The focus on potential for future contributions is evidenced by the fact that all Eisenhower fellows have to submit a proposal of what they will do upon their return. Mr Lalith Weeratunga who was an Eisenhower Fellow from Sri Lanka some years back is now Secretary to the President. I guess the Eisenhower process works.

In addition to Harsha’s many interventions in improving the quality of public discourse in Sri Lanka through his BizFirst program and many activities as part of LIRNEasia, Harsha has engaged in many public-spirited actions, ranging from the personally funding the source collection of agricultural price information used by many government agencies and the media to his key role in the Colombo Regency Rotary Club’s web-based fund raising for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that led to the construction of a large number of houses in Kalutara. We are happy that his contributions and potential have been recognized by others.

8 Comments to Harsha de Silva, Eisenhower Fellow

  1. Chanuka Wattegama's Gravatar Chanuka Wattegama
    July 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Harsha.

    This if from The Sunday Island online today.

    Dr. Harsha de Silva picked for Eisenhower Fellowship

    Dr. Harsha de Silva, lead economist of LIRNEasia, has been selected as Sri Lanka Fellow for the Eisenhower Fellowship 2010 Multination Program.

    In a letter to de Silva, Mr. John S. Wolf of the Eisenhower Fellowship Program has said that he was chosen from among a strong group of finalists developed by a distinguished nominating committee.

    Mr. P. Sivagananathan of MAS Holdings has been selected as an alternate in case the primary nominee is unable to accept the Fellowship.

    The Eisenhower Fellowship Multination Program has over several decades chosen outstanding Sri Lankans from the public service, private business and the professions for the Fellowship that provide professional/leadership development programs to individuals who have demonstrated potential for advance eldership and positive impact in their home countries.

    The Fellowship consists of a combination of individual meetings, site visits and other activities throughout the United States as well as group activities with other Fellows.

  2. July 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Harsha is a fundamentally good and decent man who in addition to national service is always there for friends in need. And he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Congrats

  3. July 27, 2009 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Harsha, a courageous and articulate public intellectual in a country that just doesn’t have enough of them. Just look out for those little green men – and women – who are too numerous in Lanka, and stay out of their way!

  4. Abu Saeed Khan's Gravatar Abu Saeed Khan
    July 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    It’s good to see that good deeds get rewarded. I’m sure Harsha will keep inspiring many people at home and abroad. All the best!

  5. July 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Harsha for this well deserved reward and thanks Rohan for sharing this wonderful news with us!

    I am so happy that I got a chance to interact with Harsha briefly last Jan. With best, Prabha.

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  6. harsha de silva's Gravatar harsha de silva
    July 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    thank you very much!

    rohan: previous eisenhower fellows from sri lanka, from what i know , include (besides lalith weeratunga and nivard cabraal) eran wickremeratne, paikyasorthy saravanamuttu and chandra jayaratne.

  7. August 7, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    A list of our Eisenhower Fellows from Sri Lanka follows (names, years of fellowship, titles and organizations):

    Rohan Abeygunasekera
    1996
    Member of Parliament, Government of Sri Lanka; Attorney-at-Law

    J. Asokade Lanerolle
    1972
    Director, Pramuka Savings and Development Bank

    Nivard Cabraal
    2000
    Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

    Harsha de Silva
    2010
    Lead Economist, LIRNEasia

    Godfrey Gunatilleke
    1970
    Director, Sri Lanka Center for Development Studies, MARGA Institute

    H. Dayananda Gunawardena
    1986
    Mentor and Former Chairman, Prudential Holdings (Pte.)

    Chandra Jayaratne
    1989
    Managing Director, CTC Eagle Insurance Company Ltd.

    Ranepura Sumanasiri Jayaratne
    1978
    Managing Director, Resources Development Consultants, Ltd.

    Suneetha S. Jayawickrama
    1968
    Former Director, Hayleys Ltd.

    Mangala Moonesinghe
    1975
    High Commissioner to India; Former Ambassador to United Kingdom and India

    Kala Peiris de Costa
    2004
    Executive Director, Siyath Foundation

    Susie Perera de Silva
    2007
    Project Director, National HIV/AIDS Prevention Project, Sri Lanka Ministry of Health

    Nimal Samarakkody
    1993
    Chief Executive Officer, SAPCO Group of Companies

    Frank R. Samaraweera
    1982
    Retired; Former Director, Richard Pierts Exports, Ltd.

    Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
    2004
    Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives

    H. Shelton Wanasinghe
    1967
    Director, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd; Member, Board of Directors of the Centre for Policy Alternatives

    Jayasuriya Weliamuna
    2004
    Attorney-at-Law; Executive Director, Transparency International

    Eran Wickramaratne
    2004
    Chief Executive Officer and Director, NDB Bank Limited

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