LIRNEasia is a regional ICT policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific

Sriganesh Lokanathan

Team Leader – Big Data Research 

06 December 2011, Rome, Italy - Solution Exchange Forum on Agriculture, Food Security and Capacity Development, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO headquarters (Red Room). Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations (GSSD 2011), 5-9 December 2011.

Sriganesh co-established and currently leads LIRNEasia‘s multi-disciplinary research on Big Data for Development, producing actionable insights for a range of developmental policy domains. He also works on understanding the broader implications of such work on issues such as competition, marginalization/ exclusion, and privacy. At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, he was involved in the development of Western Region Megapolis Plan, proving data driven insights on mobility in Sri Lanka. He was the key author on the chapter on “The role of big data for ICT monitoring and for development” in ITU’s 2014 Measuring the Information Society report and has been invited to speak on the role of big data in development in multiple international forums.

Earlier, he lead LIRNEasia’s research on the role of ICTs in rural development, and also ran a sustainable not-for-profit market price information service that is currently the main source for agricultural commodity prices in Sri Lanka. He has co-authored reports on the state of play of ICTs in rural development, the role of ICTs in reducing information and knowledge asymmetry, as well as on regulatory and policy factors for facilitating a conducive environment for the development and uptake of relevant rural focused applications and services.

Sriganesh also has expertise in broader telecommunications and ICT policy and regulation, having initiated LIRNEasia’s research on supply side indicators,  conducting telecommunication sector performance reviews of Afghanistan, as well being as involved in assessing the market and financial implications of Bangladesh’s 2007 and 2009 International Long Distance Telecommunication Service (ILDTS) Policy.

He has previously worked as a consultant and as a software architect in technology companies in Sri Lanka and the US. 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.

Twitter: @sriganeshl


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