Sriganesh Lokanathan

Team Lead, Big Data

Sriganesh co-established and leads LIRNEasia‘s multi-disciplinary research practice on Big Data for Development. His work involves the conceptualization and implementation of big data analyses to support global development. He researches and engages in the public discourse on issues related to mainstreaming the use of big data for public purposes, and big data’s implications on society. His work has been used by the Government of Sri Lanka in the planning and implementation phases of the  Western Region Megapolis Plan. He is a Board Member of Citra Social Innovation Lab, a joint initiative of UNDP & and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, and is also an advisor to the Analytics Unit of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

Earlier, he led LIRNEasia’s research on the role of ICTs in rural development, and also ran a sustainable not-for-profit market price information service. He has previously conducted 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