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Sriganesh Lokanathan

Team Leader – Big Data Research 

Sriganesh Lokanathan

Sriganesh co-established and currently leads LIRNEasia‘s multi-disciplinary research on Big Data for Development. The work involves leveraging mobile network big data to produce actionable insights for developmental policy, whilst pursuing an evidence-based approach to understanding and addressing the competitive and privacy implications of such research. 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. He has been invited to speak on the subject 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 is well versed in  designing and conducting large multi-country quantitative surveys, in-depth qualitative research including focus groups, stakeholder interviews and socio-anthropological ethnographies, as well action research. 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.



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