Prof. Danura Miriyagalla, PhD is Deputy Head and Professor of Practice at CMU-A. With over 20 years of experience across the policy and program management cycles, he has undertaken research, designed, implemented and evaluated policies and programs in several international organisations in collaboration with senior government officials, private sector executives, non-government representatives and academics.
This includes being the team leader of the International Labor Organisation’s (ILO) support to the Government of Sri Lanka to develop its National Human Resources and Employment policy, a senior adviser to Australian government staff managing the large Economic Growth program in Solomon Islands, and manager of a portfolio of mega-projects in the roads, health and SME sectors in Sri Lanka funded by the Japanese government.
Danura has also consulted on program design, project implementation and implementation, policy auditing and policy research. This includes having developed a global best-practice toolkit to support SMEs manage their operations in complex settings, undertaken economic cost-benefit analysis of an innovative project in the Pacific, and designed and evaluated several projects. His experience spans several sectors with core strengths in private sector development and investment, employment creation and health. With work experience in numerous countries and strong cross-cultural communication skills he has previously taught and shared his knowledge with master-level students at Melbourne University and Monash University.
Danura is also a researcher and has published several articles and presented at international conferences. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Arts from the International University of Japan.