Saman Kelegama

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Saman Kelegama
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Saman Kelegama
Nationality Sri Lankan
Field International economics, macroeconomics
School or tradition
Alma mater University of Oxford, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India

Saman Kelegama is a Sri Lankan economist, author and the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS).[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

He grew up in Colombo under the influence of his father, late Deshamanya Dr. Jayantha Kelegama, who was both an academic and civil servant.[7]

He received his secondary and primary education in Sri Lanka at Royal College, Colombo and St. Thomas' Preparatory School respectively. Subsequently, after completing his Master's Degree (1983) in Mathematics (Five year integrated programme) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),[8] Kanpur, India, he completed his M.Sc (1985) and D.Phil (1990) in Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford University, UK.


Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka[edit]

He joined the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in 1990 and served as a Research Fellow until 1994, and was appointed Executive Director in 1995.

He has been engaged in fund raising and networking activities for the IPS for the last two decades. The development of the IPS Endowment Fund and the new Head Office have been a couple of his many achievements in fund raising at the IPS. The initiation of the South Asia Economic Journal and the South Asia Economic Summit are two noteworthy achievements in regional networking. While working at the IPS he has been closely associated with many academic institutions, the government and the private sector of Sri Lanka.[9][10][11]

Academic positions[edit]

He is a member of the governing boards of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, Nepal since 2001, Postgraduate Institute of Management – University of Sri Jayawardenapura (since 2012), Social Policy Analysis and Research Center(SPARC),(since 2005), Gamani Corea Foundation (since 2012).[12][13]

Kelegama is a member of editorial boards in various journal including, the South Asia Economic Journal (founding editor), the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region(Routledge), Migration and Development(Routledge), Sri Lankan Journal of Management (Postgraduate Institute of Management) and the Asia-Pacific Development Journal (UNESCAP).[14][15][16]

He is/was a Member/Executive Council Member of a number of institutions including, the Sri Lanka Economic Association, the Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka, the Coalition for Action for South Asian Cooperation (CASAC- Sri Lanka Chapter) and the Centre for Regulation and Competition, University of Manchester.[17]

Kelegama was the President of the Sri Lanka Economic Association from April 1999 to May 2003 and was instrumental in the merger of the Sri Lanka Association of Economist with the Sri Lanka Economic Association in the year 2000.[18]

He holds and held a number of visiting lectures positions in various Sri Lankan institutions including the Post Graduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute(Colombo), and Bandaranayke Centre for International Studies. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia – South Asia Center, Australian National University, and the Department of Economics of the University of Western Australia, and the International Institute of Social Studies (The Hague). He was an International Visitor at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (New Delhi) and United States Information Service (Washington, D.C.),

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences in Sri Lanka (elected in 2006) and a Salzburg Fellow(1997).[19]

Public sector[edit]

While working at the IPS, he served and serves in a number of Sri Lankan government boards & committees including * Industrial Development Board, * National Enterprise Development Authority, * Presidential Taxation Commission, * Committee on Development and Management of Estates Leased out to Regional Plantation Companies, * National Economic Council, * National Development Trust Fund, * Committee on Regional Trade Agreements of Sri Lanka, * Joint Study Group: India – Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, * Independent South Asia Commission on Poverty Alleviation, * Fair Trading Commission; * Industrial Task Force, * Industrialization Commission, * Human Resources Development Council, * Public Enterprise Reform Commission and * Board of Investment of Sri Lanka(BOI).[20][21][22][23][24][25]

Kelegama was appointed as the Chairperson by the Government of Sri Lanka in a number of Boards & Committees including Technical Negotiation Committees on "Trade in Services" & "Economic Cooperation" of the India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement since 2005 to 2008.

He also served as the Chairperson of the "Regaining Sri Lanka" Policy Development Committees on Land Transport and Infrastructure Development since 2002 to 2004, Small and Medium Industrial Task Force to prepare the White Paper since 2001 to 2002, SAARC Research Network since 1998 to 2001 and Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group since 1997 to present.[26][27]

He was appointed as the Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Industrial Development (2002–2004) and was a member of the Sri Lankan official delegation to: ESCAP Annual Sessions in 1999 and 2000 in Bangkok, Thailand; WTO Ministerial Summit in Singapore in 1996 and in Hong Kong in 2005; 12th SAARC Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2004; UNCTAD XI in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2004; Doha Development Round in Qatar in 2006 among others.[28]

The establishment of the Consumer Affairs Authority in 2003 was based on a report he jointly authored and recommended for the merger of the then Fair Trading Commission and the Department of Internal Trade to form one single institution. Also, the establishment of the National Enterprise Development Authority in 2006 was based on a White Paper of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) prepared in 2002 by a Committee Chaired by Kelegama which recommended for an Authority to deal with problems facing SMEs.

Private sector[edit]

He is currently the Chairmen of Singer Finance (since 2013). Kelegama served and serves number of boards in the Sri Lankan Blue chip and other companies including Singer (Sri Lanka) and its subsidiaries – Regnis Lanka, and Singer Finance, SC Securities, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sampath Bank, Centre for Private Sector Development and Five Year Apparel Sector Strategy Task Force.[4][29][30][31][32]

He also served as the Chairperson of the Evaluation Committee on Best Corporate Citizen Award of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce since 2004 to 2013; and was the head of the panel of judges for the Exporter of the Year Award of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lankafrom 1998 to 2008. He also served as the Head of Panel of Judges of the Sri Lanka – Entrepreneur of the Year Award 1996 of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka and was a member of the Panel of Judges for the selection of the Best Corporate Annual Report of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 2002.[30]


  • Foreign Aid in South Asia: The Emerging Scenario. SAGE Publications, 2012. ISBN 978-81-32109-72-3 (paperback) ISBN 978-81-32108-74-0 (hardcover)
  • Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka (Volume 2). VIJITHA YAPA PUBLICATIONS, 2012. ISBN 978-95-56651-51-5 (paperback)
  • Economic and Social Development under a Market Economy Regime in Sri Lanka (Volume 1). VIJITHA YAPA PUBLICATIONS, 2011. ISBN 978-95-56651-50-8 (paperback)
  • Trade Liberalisation and Poverty in South Asia (Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia). Routledge, 2011. ISBN 978-04-15561-75-4 (hardcover)
  • Migration, Remittances and Development in South Asia, SAGE Publications, 2011. ISBN 978-81-32106-41-8 (hardcover)
  • Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Beyond SAFTA, SAGE Publications, 2010. ISBN 978-81-32103-11-0 (hardcover)
  • Trade in Services in South Asia: Opportunities and Risks of Liberalization, SAGE Publications, 2009. ISBN 978-81-78299-37-2 (hardcover)
  • South Asian Yearbook of Trade and Development: Harnessing Gains from Trade: Domestic Challenges and Beyond, Academic Foundation, 2009. ISBN 978-95-58708-36-1 (paperback)
  • South Asia in the WTO, SAGE Publications, 2008. ISBN 978-07-61936-14-5 (hardcover)
  • Development Under Stress: Sri Lankan Economy in Transition, SAGE Publications, 2006. ISBN 978-07-61935-36-0 (hardcover)
  • Contemporary Economic Issues: Sri Lanka in the Global Context, Sri Lanka Economic Association, 2006. ISBN 978-95-56200-20-1
  • South Asia after the Quota System, Impact of the MFA Phase-Out, Institute of Policy Studies in association with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2005. ISBN 978-95-58708-36-1
  • Economic Policy in Sri Lanka: Issues and Debates, SAGE Publications, 2004. ISBN 978-07-61932-78-9 (hardcover)
  • Ready-made Garment Industry in Sri Lanka: Facing the Global Challenge, SAGE Publications, 2004. ISBN 978-95-58708-24-8 (paperback)
  • Privatization in Sri Lanka: Experience During the Early Years of Implementation, Diane Publications, 1993. ISBN 978-07-88110-44-3


  1. ^ "Global economic outlook and prospects for the Sri Lankan Economy 2012". 
  2. ^ "Promoting economic cooperation in South Asia: beyond SAFTA" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Executive Director". 
  4. ^ a b "Colombo Stock Exchange Media release: Dr. Saman Kelegama appointed to the Board of the CSE" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Advisory Work". 
  6. ^ "International Publications". 
  7. ^ "Prime Minister condoles". 
  8. ^ "Saman Kelegama" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Editorial Board: South Asia Economic Journal". 
  10. ^ "SAARC opportunities and challenges highlighted". 
  11. ^ "Accelerating economic growth, Daily FT". 
  12. ^ "SACFPS Board Members". 
  13. ^ "University Administration". 
  14. ^ "editorial board:". 
  15. ^ "editorial board". 
  16. ^ "Asia Pacific development journal". 
  17. ^ "Accelerating economic growth in Sri Lanka". 
  18. ^ "Singer SL board" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Collaborative research on South Asia tax systems: workshop document" (PDF). 
  20. ^ "Tax issues: current system not delivering necessary revenue, The Sunday Times". 
  21. ^ "Presidential committee highlights burning issues of the RPCs, The Island". 
  22. ^ "Annual Report: National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA)" (PDF). 
  23. ^ "Joint study group report on India Sri Lanka comprehensive economic partnership agreement" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "The fair trading commission order on Shell, Daily Mirror". 
  25. ^ "ADB funded boost for SMEs, The Island". 
  26. ^ "National strategy for small and medium enterprise sector development in Sri Lanka" (PDF). 
  27. ^ "Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group, The Island". 
  28. ^ "News and Events". 
  29. ^ "Regnis Lanka company profile". 
  30. ^ a b "Singer Finance Annual Report 2012" (PDF). 
  31. ^ "Dr. Saman Kelegama Appointed To Colombo Stock Exchange Board". 
  32. ^ "Sampath Bank". 

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