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Prominent economist and Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Dr. Saman Kelegama passed away in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday (23).

Kelegama was an old boy of Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas’ Preparatory School respectively where he did his secondary and primary education respectively.

He completed his master’s degree in Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Kanpur, India, and then completed his M.Sc  and D.Phil in Economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University, UK.

He joined the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in 1990 and served as a Research Fellow until 1994, and was appointed Executive Director in 1995.

He was a member of the governing boards of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, Nepal (since 2001), Postgraduate Institute of Management – University of Sri Jayawardenapura (since 2012), Social Policy Analysis and Research Center(SPARC),(since 2005), Gamani Corea Foundation (since 2012).