Team Leader, Human Capital Research Program
Sujata Gamage, PhD MPA, specializes in data analytics for public policy, including institutional research, performance evaluations, scoping studies and systematic reviews; using statistical methods and simulations; with a focus on education, ICT in education, research, research networks and public sector performance. She is currently the Team Leader of the Human Capital Research Program at LIRNEasia, a regional think tank based In Colombo, Sri Lanka. She contributes to weekly newspaper columns in English and Sinhala on human capital issues and she also serves as knowledge mapping consultant to ‘Communication Policy Research South or CPRsouth’ which is an initiative to identify and foster policy intellectuals in emerging Asia.
Sujata’s service in government includes serving as the administrator for research programs at Ohio Board of Regents, USA; consultant to the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, and the director general of the Tertiary and Vocational Commission of Sri Lanka. She has also worked as a strategic planning specialist at the Ohio State University, USA, and analytic director at QRC international, a private consulting company in Bethesda USA. Sujata’s career in science includes time as a member of the faculty in the University of Colombo and as a researcher at the Ohio State University.
During her tenure as the Director General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka, she led the implementation of an ADB funded project on a national vocational qualification framework for Sri Lanka. As the analytic director of a team of consultants at QRC Macro International in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, she was a part of a team responsible for conducting and reporting on science resources for the US National Science Foundation. As a strategic Planning Specialist at the Ohio State University, USA, she developed the graduate education and research component of the academic quality scorecard for that university.
Sujata’s recent public service work includes assisting the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (FSLGA) for building capacity of councillors and administrators (2011), Ministry of Education in Eastern Province to develop a strategic plan for education in the province (2013-2014), and Department of Elections with data and analysis in support of electoral reforms discourse (2015). She has also served as a member of the Standing committee on Tertiary and Technical Education at the National Education Commission of Sri Lanka and a member of the Human Resource Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Sujata holds PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a subsequent Master’s in Public Administration from the Ohio State University of USA.
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