Thilina Panduwawala

Product Head - Economic Research

Thilina Panduwawala is currently a Senior Product Lead in the Economics team at Frontier Research, working on varied macroeconomic analysis including providing LKR and interest rates views to top level management. Thilina was instrumental in incorporating his understanding of politics into Frontier’s views, which has become a core part of the firm’s outlook on the economy.

He has extended this passion beyond Frontier, working on analysis of State-owned Enterprises and the 2018 Local Government Election results for external parties. He has also built a presence on media providing his views on articles in Echelon and The Morning. He has also served as a moderator for discussions on conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015 he was selected to represent Sri Lanka as a UN Youth Delegate at the 70th UNGA in New York, which marked the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He also currently lectures International Political Economy at the Royal Institute of Colombo.

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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