Thilina Panduwawala

Product Head - Economic Research

Thilina is presently a Product Lead with the Economics Team. He has responsibility for analysing global markets and their impact on Sri Lanka and has been instrumental in the development of views on the politics of economics. He is a First-Class Honours graduate in International Relations and has represented Sri Lanka at the 70th UN General Assembly as a Youth Delegate.


He chooses to wind down with a walk or a jog, while listening to classical music, or just reading a book in a comfy place. His ideal vacation happens at any place of historical significance, where he can “get lost” in the history and take endless photos.

All Media Appearances

Saudi attacks & the shock to oil markets

What potential impacts could the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia have on Asia, and Sri Lanka in particular? Our Senior Product Lead Thilina Panduwawala gives his thoughts in this LMD interview.

Trade, investment and able leadership key for Sri Lanka till 2019, despite recent political uncertainties, says Thilina Panduwawala of Frontier Research

Sri Lanka’s economy marked end-2017 with a slew of economic indicators signaling a return to stability. While global market volatility and domestic politics affect macro-economic stability, trade, investment and able leadership remains key till 2019

Where does Sri Lanka's economy stand in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks?

Sri Lanka's macroeconomic environment did take quite the hit in the aftermath of the tragic attacks. The question is, how hard were we hit? Here's our Senior Product Lead, Thilina, with a brief summary.

Thilina Panduwawala on the economic outlook for Budget 2018

The 2018 budget focused on opening up the economy towards export orientation and fiscal consolidation. The budget has some positives with relate to policy consistency. Revenue proposals consists mainly of indirect taxes which ensures smoother collection. Discussion was also centered around continuation of policy consistency, blue-green economy and Enterprise Sri Lanka initiative and recommendations of Frontier.

Too late for reforms?

After two years of uncertainty and low growth, Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to have a better run in 2018 and beyond, driven by consumer demand, increasing government spending and a pick-up in exports with GSP Plus trade concessions to the EU taking effect, according to Frontier Research.

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