Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

Founding Chair: LIRNEasia

Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging Asia and the Pacific. He was CEO from 2004 to 2012. His most recent co-authored book (2013) is entitled “Information Lives of the Poor,” and was published in English, French, Spanish and Burmese.

He was Team Leader at the Sri Lanka Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology (2002 to 2004) responsible for infrastructure reforms, including participation in the design of the USD83 million e Sri Lanka Initiative. He was Director General of Telecommunications in Sri Lanka (1998 to 1999), a founder director of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (2003 to 2005), Honorary Professor at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka (2003 to 2004), Visiting Professor of Economics of Infrastructures at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (2000 to 2003) and Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University in the US (1987 to 2000). He was Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Post and Telecom in Bangladesh (2006-09).

He serves as Senior Advisor to Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka’s largest community-based organization) on ICT matters, and on the Steering Committee on Infrastructure Development of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He is a Board Member of Communication Policy Research-South, an initiative to identify and foster policy intellectuals in emerging Asia. He is a Board Member and former Chair of the Lanka Software Foundation, and Board Member of Research ICT Africa. He serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals.

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