Dr. Janaka Fernando Assumes Leadership at the Postgraduate Centre of Business Studies

Dr. Janaka Fernando Assumes Leadership at the Postgraduate Centre of Business Studies

In a significant development for the academic community, Dr. Janaka Fernando has officially taken on the role of Director at the Postgraduate Centre of Business Studies, part of the esteemed Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Commencing duties on December 01, 2023, Dr. Fernando brings a wealth of experience and a distinguished academic background to this crucial leadership position.

Educational Journey:

Dr. Janaka Fernando’s academic journey is marked by an impressive array of qualifications. Beginning with a first degree from the Department of Business Economics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Dr. Fernando continued to excel in academia. She earned postgraduate degrees, including an MEcon (Development Economics) from the University of Colombo and a Master of International Development Studies from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan. In 2018, Dr. Fernando attained his Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan.

Contributions to the Department:

With a remarkable tenure spanning over 17 years, Dr. Fernando has made substantial contributions to the Department of Business Economics. His dedication is reflected not only in his administrative roles but also in his extensive publications in the field of economics. Currently serving as the Head of the Business Economics Department, Dr. Fernando continues to shape the academic landscape within the institution.

Administrative Positions:

Demonstrating leadership capabilities, Dr. Fernando has assumed key administrative positions:

  • Coordinator of the Master of Science in Business Economics (SLQF Level 10) program: 2020 to 2023
  • Coordinator of the Master of Business Economics (SLQF Level 9) program: 2019 to 2023


Dr. Fernando’s expertise extends beyond academia, as evidenced by his involvement in impactful consultancies. Notable projects include assessing the effectiveness of policy implementation for the International Labour Organization and leading initiatives for the socioeconomic reintegration of repatriated migrant workers.

His role as Team Leader and Economist for an Asian Development Bank project involving frontier technology and big data analytics showcases his commitment to cutting-edge research and development.


Dr. Janaka Fernando’s assumption of duties as the Director of the Postgraduate Centre of Business Studies marks a pivotal moment for the institution. His rich academic background, extensive contributions to the field of economics, and leadership roles position him as a dynamic and capable academician. The faculty, students, and the academic community at large can anticipate a period of continued growth and excellence under Dr. Fernando’s visionary leadership.