Tharaka Amarasinghe is a Project Manager and Statistician at LIRNEasia. He specializes in survey and sample design (in particular representation of target populations). He also leads statistical analysis for all of LIRNEasia’s survey research projects, including the AfterAccess survey. As part of the AfterAccess project, Tharaka has done nationally representative surveys in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Cambodia covering 15,000 households and individuals. He has conducted nationally representative studies on the PWD population in Sri Lanka and Nepal and a nationally representative study on SME’s in Sri Lanka.
He just completed a nationally representative survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on households and the workforce in India and Sri Lanka under the Inclusive Economies project which covers 7,500 (in India) and 2,500 (in Sri Lanka) households and individuals. He is also working on the Ecosystems of Engagement: Digital Platform and Women’s Work in the Sri Lanka and India project. Prior to joining LIRNEasia, Tharaka worked at Hemas Pharmaceuticals, a blue chip company listed in the Colombo Stock exchange as an Assistant Manager for Business Analysis.
Prior to that he worked at Nielsen Sri Lanka for 4 years as a Senior Data Science Executive in Nielsen Retail Measurement Service, he was also engaged in socioeconomic research as a Research Executive.
Tharaka holds a Masters’ in Applied Statistics from the University of Colombo and a BSc in Industrial Statistics and Mathematical Finance from the same university.