Senior Research Manager
Ayesha is involved in demand-side research on various aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the emerging Asian Region. Her current research focus is on understanding ICT use and needs of users at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BOP), and how access can be improved. She has managed LIRNEasia’s research on ICTs and the BOP through its multi-country Teleuse@BOP studies, looking into various aspects of use of mobile services through quantitative and qualitative research in the region. She has also carried out research on the potential for mobile commerce applications for the bottom of the pyramid in 2008-09. She co-edited a book on expanding ICT access in emerging Asia with Rohan Samarajiva (Ph.D.), which draws from Asian experiences in expanding ICT access. She has also been involved in involved in research on diversification of network participation through a case study of Grameen’s micro-finance approach to extending rural connectivity in Bangladesh in 2005, as well as research into the institutional requirements for an effective disaster warning system for Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.
Previously, Ayesha was involved in research assistance on infrastructural reform projects at the Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology of Sri Lanka, as well as social research at the A.C.S Hameed Peace Foundation. She holds a Bachelors degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and is currently reading for a Masters in applied statistics.
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