Buddhika Samarasinghe

Director, Nathan Associates London Ltd.

Education

M.A. in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, UK, 1995
B.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Wye College, University of London, UK, 1989-92

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Specializing in private sector development (PSD), financial sector deepening, and agriculture, Buddhika Samarasinghe has more than 20 years of experience in the practical and technical aspects of development initiatives, as well as supporting PSD, financial sector and rural development programs across Africa, Asia, and Eastern and Central Europe. He has a long working relationship with a number of donors including the Department for International Development, World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Asian Development Bank, and European Union.

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 market systems 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.

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Agriculture (policy and marketing), financial sector, private sector development, monitoring and evaluation

Languages

English, Sinhalese, French

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