Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, an economist, was the fourteenth Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, from 2016 to 2019.

Dr. Coomaraswamy completed his university education with a BA (Hons.) Degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to obtain his PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. He joined the Central Bank of Ceylon in 1974 as a staff officer. 

Dr. Coomaraswamy served the Central Bank for fifteen years, working in the Departments of Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision. However, from 1981 – 1989 he was released from the Bank’s service to serve at the Ministry of Finance and Planning. 

He held a number of senior positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990 – 2008, including Head of the Economic Affairs Division, Deputy Director of the Secretary General’s Office and Interim Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Social Transformation Programme Division. 

He was a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of CBSL from 2013 – 2015 and Advisor to the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade 2015-2016.  

Dr.Coomaraswamy was also a Non-Executive Director of John Keells Holdings and Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC. In addition, he was associated with a number of research institutes in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Coomaraswamy was also a keen sportsman. He captained the Sri Lanka Rugby team and led the country to emerge runners-up at the 1974 Rugby Asiad held in Japan. He has also played first-class cricket.