Sarasali Fonseka is a research fellow at LIRNEasia. She has over 20 years’ experience providing international development project management and advisory services with a strong focus on business enabling policy environment and private sector development. she has an in-depth micro and macro level knowledge on issues and opportunities in agriculture, industry and services.
For the last 12 years, she provided advisory services on multiple international and local consulting assignments that included design and implementation of sustainable dairy development, economic policy reforms, overall country strategy development, donor assistance programming, in-depth sectoral analysis, assessment of donor funded projects, and SME development.
Prior to that, she had 10 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she provided overall technical and management direction to the U.S. Government’s economic programs for agriculture, industries and services in Sri Lanka. She successfully managed flagship projects such as the technology Initiative for the Private Sector (TIPS), the Competitiveness Initiative (TCI), Young Entrepreneur Sri Lanka (YESL), U.S-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) and the PL480 Title III Policy Reform Program. She started her career as a junior researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.
Sarasali holds an MSc in Economics from Peoples Friendship University, Russia and an MA in Economics from the Colombo University. She also completed a Management Development Program at the University of Michigan and Leaders in Development in Managing Political Change and Economic Reforms at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.