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Sujata Gamage, PhD, MPA

Team Leader, Human Capital Research Program

Sujata Gamage, PhD, specializes in Capacity Building through Knowledge Networks and Mapping Knowledge networks.  Her latest research concerned knowledge to innovation processes in local government where she developed a peer-2-peer mentoring network to train, certify and share knowledge among solid waste personnel in the local government system in Sri lanka. The system she developed has been incorporated as an integral part of the skills development policies at the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri lanka.

Previously she has served as (a) strategic planning specialist at the Ohio State University, USA, developing an academic quality scorecard for that university (b) the Analytic Director of a team of consultants at QRC Macro International in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, responsible for conducting and reporting on science resources for the US National Science Foundation and (c) the Director General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka, revitalizing the implementation of an ADB funded project on a national vocational qualification framework for Sri Lanka.

In her present capacity as the Team Leader of the Human Capital Research Program at LIRNEasia, she has (a) partnered with a leading newspaper to publish a series of education guides for school leavers and (b) serves as the principal investigator in an action research project to formulate 5-year Development plan for education in the Eastern Province.

She currently serves as a member of the (a) Standing committee on Tertiary and Technical Education at the National Education Commission of Sri Lanka (b) Human Resource Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and (c) Advisory Board to the Ministry of Education in the Eastern Province.

Sujata is a scientist who specializes in knowledge
management ‐‐ the art and science of connecting
people and organizations to each other and to the
knowledge they need, to do what they do better. Her
current research is on knowledge management in local
government in Sri Lanka where there are 330+
institutions that function more or less autonomously.
She explores means of connecting these institutions
for better performance. The methodologies that she
develops in relation to solid‐waste management will
be applicable to other local government services or to
government services in general. She also studies the
role of universities in developing countries, assessing their capacity and experimenting with
creative ways of connecting them to the development processes.
Tools that she uses include (a) competency standards for a given sector (b) peer‐to‐peer training
(c) the sharing and propagation of good practices through traditional and/or new media and (d)
competitions to improve performance and (d) facilitation of links between universities and local
government authorities.
Previously she has served as (a) strategic planning specialist at the Ohio State University, USA,
developing an academic quality scorecard for that university (b) the Analytic Director of a team of
consultants at QRC Macro International in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, responsible for conducting
and reporting on science resources for the US National Science Foundation and (c) the Director
General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka, revitalizing the
implementation of an ADB funded project on a national vocational qualification framework for Sri
Lanka.
Her consultancies include a “Faculty Quality Report” for public university system in Sri Lanka and
the “Corporate Plan for 2003‐2008” for the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, reports on
“Quality through Connectedness for Universities in Small Developing Countries” and “Knowledge
for Development: Role of Universities in Developing Countries” for the International Development
Research Center (IDRC) of Canada.

Click here for the Curriculum Vitae : Sujata Gamage (Revised December 2014)

 

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