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Malathy Knight, PhD

Profile Pic Malathy Knight, PhD was a Research fellow at LIRNEasia. She is an Economist with extensive experience in Public Policy. Her specific areas of expertise include New Institutional Economics, telecommunications policy and regulation, privatization and public enterprise reform, competition policy, and regulatory governance. She has a PhD from the University of Manchester, U.K. with a dissertation on “Privatization, Competition and Regulatory Governance: A Case Study of Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Sector” and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science (Double Major) with a Concentration in Public Policy from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA. Malathy previously worked for the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) from 1993 to 2013, serving from 2002 as Research Fellow and Head of Industry, Public Enterprise Reform and Regulatory Policy Research. She was also a Consultant Economist at the Law & Society Trust, Sri Lanka (2000-2002), Visiting Research Fellow, Centre on Regulation and Competition, University of Manchester (2004-2005), and Consultant, LIRNEasia (2004-2011). Malathy is currently a Board Director of InfoShare, Sri Lanka and a Member of the Economic and Fiscal Policy Planning Committee of the Ceylon Chambers of Commerce. Malathy is frequently engaged in research projects and consulting for the Government of Sri Lanka, the private sector and leading donor agencies. Her assignments include improving the sub-national business climate; assessing the impact of corruption on investment in Sri Lanka; evaluating Sri Lanka’s telecommunications regulatory environment; strategies for telecommunications infrastructure in the Provinces and pro-poor growth in Sri Lanka; analysing the cost of no reform in Sri Lanka’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs); distributional impacts of privatization in Sri Lanka; making SOEs support pro-poor growth; surveying competition policy and law in Sri Lanka; regulatory impact assessment (RIA); a national industrial policy framework; rehabilitation of sick industries; and policies for national disaster management. Malathy has served in an advisory capacity to the Government of Sri Lanka in several senior positions: Policy Development Steering Committee on ICT/Telecom (2002-2004); Policy Development Steering Committee on Land Transport (2002-2004); Policy Development Committee for Infrastructure Development (2002-2004); Technical Evaluation Committee for a “Consultancy on Development of Guidelines and Competence for Implementing Market-Dominance based Regulation by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission” (2003); Fare Commission to Restructure Passenger Bus and Railway Transport Fares (1999). Malathy has several local and international publications, including a book on competition policy and utility regulation in Sri Lanka; book chapters on the evolving role of the state in Sri Lanka in the context of privatization, competition and regulatory governance; making a business out of a village phone (the Grameen experience); WTO principles on telecommunications service liberalization and telecommunications interconnection in Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry: from privatization to anti-competition; performance contracting in Sri Lanka; private participation in infrastructure development; and journal articles on competition policy and law in developing countries; and RIA as a tool for better regulatory governance in Sri Lanka.

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