Indrajit Coomaraswamy, PhD

Former Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Indrajit Coomaraswamy was a board member of LIRNEasia from 01.04.2011 to 09.11.2015. 

Indrajit completed his university education with a BA (Hons.) Degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to obtain his PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex.

He  joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1973 as a Staff Officer and served as such for 16 years in its Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Divisions until 1989 and he was seconded to the Ministry of Finance and Planning between 1981 and 1989 to advise on Macroeconomic issues and Structural Reforms.

He held a number of senior positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990 – 2008, including Head of the Economic Affairs Division, Deputy Director of the Secretary General’s Office and Interim Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Social Transformation Programme Division. 

He was a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of CBSL from 2013 – 2015 and Advisor to the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade 2015-2016.  Dr. Coomaraswamy was also a Non-Executive Director of John Keells Holdings and Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC. In addition, he was associated with a number of research institutes in Sri Lanka.

Indrajit served as the fourteenth Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from July 2016 until December 2019.