Sisira Jayasuriya is a development economist with a focus on economic policy issues in Asia. His current research is on the economic impact of COVID-19 in Asia, food security and agriculture, economics of natural disasters, and trade and macroeconomic issues in Asia.

He has held previous appointments at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), Australian National University (ANU), the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, World Bank and several United Nations agencies including ESCAP, FAO and ILO.

He is also (Honorary) Professorial Affiliate at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Osaka University (Japan); Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka; and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi).

Prof Jayasuriya has a BA (Hons in Economics) from the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya), and a Masters and PhD from ANU.