M.A. in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, UK, 1995
B.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Wye College, University of London, UK, 1989-92
Specializing in agriculture and private sector development, Buddhika Samarasinghe has more than 19 years of experience in the practical and technical aspects of private sector development initiatives, as well as agriculture and rural development programs in Africa, Asia, and Eastern and Central Europe. He is currently directing the Business Finance for the Poor Programme for DFID Bangladesh and the Trade Challenge Fund for TradeMark East Africa.
Mr. Samarasinghe is also very experienced in designing, managing, and reviewing challenge fund programs in a number of sectors and countries, and has managed and evaluated programs in Africa and Asia that apply the “making markets work for the poor” (M4P) methodology. He recently led Making Markets Work Better for the Poor, Phase 2 (M4P2) in Vietnam, a joint project of the Asian Development Bank and DFID.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Samarasinghe was an advisor to governments and donor organizations, and worked for research institutes and a variety of corporate clients.
Agriculture (policy and marketing), private sector development, monitoring and evaluation
English, Sinhalese, French