Chief Executive Officer
Helani Galpaya is LIRNEasia’s Chief Executive Officer, a role she assumed in January 2013. Until December 2012 she was Chief Operating Officer of LIRNEasia.
Helani leads LIRNEasia’s 2012-2014 IDRC funded research on improving customer life cycle management practices in the delivery of electricity and e-government services using ICTs. She recently completed an assessment of how the poor in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka use telecenters to access government services. For UNCTAD and GTZ she authored report on how government procurement practices can be used to promote a country’s ICT sector (forthcoming) and for the World Bank/InfoDev Broadband Toolkit, a report on broadband strategies in Sri Lanka . She has been an invited speaker at various international forums on topics ranging from m-Government to ICT indicators to communicating research to policy makers.
Prior to LIRNEasia, Helani worked at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, which is implementing the World-Bank funded e-Sri Lanka initiative. Prior to her return to Sri Lanka, she worked in the US at Booz & Co., Marengo Research, Citibank, and Merrill Lynch.
Helani holds a Masters in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College, USA.