Helani Galpaya is CEO of LIRNEasia, a pro-poor, pro-market think tank working across the emerging Asia Pacific on ICT policy and regulatory issues. She assumed the CEO role in Jan 2013. Prior to that, she was LIRNEasia’s Chief Operating Officer.
She researches, does consultation work and engages in public discourse on issues related to net neutrality, policy and regulatory barriers in Internet access, e-Government, broadband quality of service, and how knowledge and information disseminated via ICTs can improve inclusiveness SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) in agriculture and micro-work markets. She is currently conducting research on digital labor in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, looking at online platforms that enable freelancing and micro-work. She is also carrying out nationally representative surveys of Internet use by households and individuals in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal. In Myanmar, she’s continuing ongoing with a new initiative to examine how experiences and perceptions of harassment, surveillance and privacy impact how people of Myanmar experience the Internet.
Prior to LIRNEasia, she worked on at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka implementing e-Government projects under the World Bank’s e-Sri Lanka initiative. She was a management consultant at Booz&Co.(now Strategy&) in New York and has also worked at Citibank and Merrill Lynch in the USA. She has an MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA and a BA in Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.