Sujata is a scientist turned policy analyst. Her areas of expertise are education policy and public sector performance. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at LIRNEasia, a regional think tank based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. And Cofounder of Education Forum Sri Lanka (www.educationforum.lk), an independent platform for policy dialogue and advocacy.
Her recent research includes developing and testing a lesson-plan toolkit for authentic learning post-pandemic, a study of innovations in teaching and learning during COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; an evaluation of ICT use in schools in Sri Lanka; ICT for development or ICT4D education in universities in five countries in the Asia Pacific; Indicators of workforce readiness for the 21st century in the context of ICT-enabled freelance work; and a systematic review of factors affecting the use of ICTs in the classroom by teachers. Her recent public service work includes serving as a Member of the Committee of Experts to review the roles and functions of the Department of Examination of Sri Lanka.
Her professional career includes serving as (a) Director-General of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka, revitalizing the implementation of an ADB funded project on a national vocational qualification framework for Sri Lanka (b) Consultant to the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka developing faculty quality ranking for the system (c) Analytic Director of a team of consultants at QRC Macro International in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, responsible for conducting and reporting on science resources for the US National Science Foundation and (d) Strategic Planning Specialist at the Ohio State University, USA, developing an academic quality scorecard for that university, and (e) Administrator of Research Support Programs at the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio, USA. In her previous career as a university teacher and researcher in Chemistry she has served as a member of the faculty in the University of Sri Jayewardenapura and the University of Colombo.
Sujata holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a subsequent Master’s in Public Administration from the Ohio State University of USA.
See her full CV here.