Senior Research Manager & Agri Markets Specialist
Sriganesh Lokanathan’s areas of expertise include telecommunications and ICT policy and regulation as well as ICT4D (specifically the use of ICTs to improve rural livelihoods).
At LIRNEasia, he manages the research on the nexus of ICTs and agricultural markets in emerging Asia. In Sri Lanka, he ran a not-for-profit called Govi Gnana Seva (Farmer Knowledge Service) which collects and disseminates wholesale agricultural market prices in Sri Lanka. He remains an advisor. He is actively involved in issues related to the use of ICTs for enhancing rural livelihoods in emerging Asia.
He also currently leads LIRNEasia’s recent research efforts on Big Data for Development.
In the past he has been involved in the drafting of Bangladesh’s new International Long Distance Telecommunication Service (ILDTS) policy as well as understanding the telecommunications regulatory environment in Afghanistan. He was one of the initiators of LIRNEasia’s supply-side indicators research.
He has previously worked as a consultant and as a software architect in technology companies Sri Lanka and the US. Prior to that, he has worked as a researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering and MIT’s Media Lab on various technology projects.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.