Former Lead Consultant Economist assumes duties as Deputy Minister

Posted on January 18, 2015  /  6 Comments

Harsha assuming duties

Five years ago, our Lead Consultant Economist, Dr Harsha de Silva, entered Parliament as an opposition national-list MP. For those unfamiliar with idiosyncrasies of Sri Lankan politics, that is an MP without constituency responsibilities who is appointed by a political party based on the contribution he/she may make to legislative or executive functions. Without doubt, Harsha was one of the best national-list MPs in the 14th Parliament. In the early years, he continued to engage in research-related activities sometimes on behalf of LIRNEasia and sometimes on his own.

Few years back, his party made him a constituency organizer which left him little time for research. The margin by which his constituency voted for his candidate in 2015 suggests he is doing a very good job as a retail politician as well.

Harsha has been appointed Deputy to the Prime Minister with responsibility for Planning and Economic Affairs in the transitional government. We know he can be counted on for informed, evidence-based policy. We wish him well.


  1. Fraternal wishes from ResearchICTafrica Harsha! And to LIRNEasia for nurturing and keeping talent in the country. The journey has just begun …may your administration fulfil our common objectives of deepening democracy and reducing economic inequality in the global South.

  2. Dear Harsha keep up to your academic and LIRNEasia credentials. Work on vital economic reforms

  3. Great news. Congratulations to Harsha and Lirneasia. It is encouraging to see to see a sign of democracy working in the public interest.

  4. Indeed welcome news and congratulations to Harsha and Lirneasia! I hope that Harsha can continue to keep us on our toes with an insistence on evidence that informs policy.

  5. Grace Mirandilla-Santos

    Congratulations, Harsha and LIRNEasia! Onward with informed, evidence-based policy!