Gayashi is a Researcher at LIRNEasia. Her current research focuses on persons with disabilities and assistive technologies. The studies aim to influence policy on independent living of persons with disabilities while promoting the use of digital/mobile technologies to improve social inclusion of marginalised communities.
She is also working on public utilities policy and regulation in Sri Lanka to develop a policy framework for the water services sector of the country. Additionally, she is engaged in researching information disorder in APAC. Gayashi has experience in qualitative research methods including conducting key informant interviews and incorporating human centered design methodologies to enhance analysis.
Before joining LIRNEasia, Gayashi has worked mostly in non-profit organizations dealing with project management and market research. She has worked on projects involving vocational training, SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) development and social enterprise development. She also has experience in conducting market research on consumer behaviour with a focus on ASEAN countries.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from National University of Ireland and a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Lanka. She is also a PMI (Project Management Institute) certified project manager.