Prof. Prasanna Perera holds a BA (Honours – First Class) in Economics from the University of Peradeniya, as well as a MA and a PhD in Economics. He has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in the University of Peradeniya and currently serves as a Professor in Economics. His research areas include international finance, monetary economics, political economy macroeconomics and forecasting. He has extensively published research articles and books on international finance, trade and related issues which provide fresh insights using E–views, Minitab and R–studio packages.
Prof. Prasanna Perera is an eminent economist who has received numerous awards including the Common Wealth Doctoral Scholarship, Kodikara Award, Gate Mudliyar A.G.Tillekaratne Research Fellowship and Imai Memorial Scholarship. He is a member of the Board of Study for Economics at the National Institute for Education. He has recently published a wide range of topics; Tea Smallholders in Sri Lanka, Issues and Challenges in Remote Areas, Political Economy of Post war Sri Lanka, Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sri Lanka, Modeling and Forecasting Foreign Direct Investment for SAARC Countries, Tourism Economics in Sri Lanka: An Econometric Analysis and An Analysis on Foreign Direct Investment, External Trade and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka in “indexed journals”.
He has published widely on International Economics; the books published by him are Overview of Sri Lanka’s Trade Initiatives; Theory and Practice, Background to South Asian Countries, Challenges and Opportunities in the Economy of Sri Lanka and South Asia in the Regional Economic Co-operation.
Presently Prof. Prasanna holds the position of Vice Chairman at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. He also serves on the Boards of other Associate Companies of SLPA and Civil Aviation Authority. He has been the Vice Chairman and the Executive Director of the Civil Aviation Authority prior to assuming duties as the Vice Chairman of SLPA in October 2015. He also holds the position of Chairman, which is a honorary position at Prosperous Capital and Assurance (Pvt) Ltd.