Merl is a researcher with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia. His current work involves analyzing mobility using big data, as well as researching the major shifts and trends that are set to shape the Asia Pacific region in the near future.
Before joining LIRNEasia, he was part of the Analytics Unit at the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs where he researched and developed evidence-based solutions for a range of public policy problems – cost of living, pensions reform, financial security for the aged population and rationalizing fiscal expenditure in education and health sectors.
His research interests include machine learning, visual analytics, and leveraging big data and other non-traditional data sources for development. He holds a BSc. in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. He is a voracious reader of non-fiction and fanatically follows basketball and track & field.