Expertise

  • Development Management, Economics and Social Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Project Planning, Design and Management, Environmental Management, Agricultural Economics

Research Interests

  • Sustainable agricultural development, rural development, project analysis and management, international finance, institutional economics, and policy reforms
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Nihal Amerasinghe, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Finance, Accounting and Economics
Distinguished Fellow in Development Management

Professor Nihal Amerasinghe has been appointed a Distinguished Fellow in Development Management. This is the first time such an appointment has been made at AIM.

Prof. Amerasinghe joined AIM in 2002 after an illustrious career of over two decades at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). His last position at ADB was Director General for Agriculture and the Social Sectors Department. Prior to his work at ADB, he was an academic at the Australian National University and the University of Sri Lanka.

Since joining AIM in 2002, he was lead faculty in Project Management, Development Economics, and International Financial Institutions until 2011. He has been active in teaching in the Master in Development Management (MDM) Program and Executive Development Programs at the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (SZGDM).

Prof. Amerasinghe has also been involved in research work in Agriculture and Rural Development, Project Management, and International Finance during the past decade. He has authored two major works published by AIM, both of which have been well received. The first book, International Financial Institutions and Development in Asia was published in 2011 and the second, Design, Appraisal and Management of Sustainable Development Projects was published in 2015.

Prof. Amerasinghe has received many international accolades for his contributions to development and education in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, he was recognized as a Global Laureate in education by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England.

Academic Background

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of London (UK)
  • Master of Science in Environmental Management, University of London, Master of Arts in Economics and Social Studies, Manchester (UK)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons), University of Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Professional Experience

  • Distinguished Fellow in Development Management, Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Professor for Center for Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Lead Faculty for Project Planning and Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Lead Faculty for International Financial Institutions and Development, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Lead Faculty for Economics for Development Managers, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Program Director for Project Planning, Development and Management, and Project and Procurement Management Courses, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Director for Executive Development Programs on Community-based Resource Management, Project Planning and Management, and Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
  • Director General, Agriculture and Social Sectors Department, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
  • Deputy Director, Programs Department, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
  • Programs Manager, Programs Department, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
  • Projects Manager, Agriculture Department, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines

Books

  • Design, Appraisal and Management of Sustainable Development Projects, Asian Institute of Management (2015), pp 760.
  • International Financial Institutions and Development in Asia, Asian Institute of Management (2011), pp 507

Publications in Journals

  • Feeding Asia’s Population in the New Millennium, Asian Institute of Management, Journal of Management, 2010
  • Framework for Financial/Fiduciary Risk Management in International Aid Agencies, Asian Institute of Management, 2010
  • Development Challenges in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, Journal for Business and Development, Asian Institute of Management, 2003
  • “Poverty, Food Security and Agricultural Biotechnology: Challenges and Opportunities, Technology and Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific”, OECD, Paris, 2002
  • “An Overview of Settlements Schemes in Sri Lanka”, Asian Survey, Vol. 16, 1, 1976, p. 620 -636
  • “Adoption of Modern Rice Technology Under Peasant Farming Conditions in Sri Lanka”, Farm Management Notes for Asia and the Far East, p. 42-45.
  • “The Determination of Economic Holdings for Settlement: A New Approach”, Ind. J. of Agric. Econ. Vol. 30, 1, 1975, p. 57-68
  • “Impact of Mechanisation on Farm Incomes and Resource Use under Peasant Farming Conditions in Sri Lanka”, Tropical Agriculturist, Vol. 131, 1, 1975, p. 9-36
  • “Production Efficiency of Settlement Farmers in Sri Lanka”, Tropical Agriculturist, Vol. 3, 2, 1975, p. 79 - 99
  • Efficiency of resource Utilization in Paddy Production of Settlement Farmers in Sri Lanka”, Modern Ceylon Studies, Vol. 5, 1, 1974, p. 77-92
  • “Determination of Size of Holdings in Settlement Planning: A New Approach”, Land Reform, FAO, Rome, Nos. 1 & 2, 1974, p. 77 - 92.
  • An Empirical Study of paddy Supply response in Sri Lanka”, J. Nat. Agric. Soc., Vol. 11/12, 1974, p. 63 - 86
  • “Cooperative Settlements: A New Approach to Land Development in Sri Lanka”, Land, reform, Settlement and Cooperatives, FAO, Rome, 1978, p. 57 - 68
  • “Some Socio-economic Determinants of improved Management Practices in Paddy Production”, J. Nat. Agri. Soc., Vol. 11, 1, 1974, p. 1 – 17
  • A Study of Resource Use and Production Possibilities in a lift Irrigation Project in Sri Lanka”, Land Reform, Settlement and Cooperatives, FAO, Rome, 1978, p. 57-68
  • Some Socio-Economic Determinants of Improved Management Practices in Paddy Production", J. Nat. Agri. Soc., Vol. 11, 1, 1974, p. 1-17
  • "A Study of Resource Use and Production Possibilities in a Lift Irrigation Project in Sri Lanka", J. Nat. Agric. Soc., Vols. 9 & 10, 1973, p. 1-18
  • "The Economic and social Implications of the Introduction of High Yielding Varieties on a Settlement Scheme in Ceylon", Mod. Ceylon Studies, Vol. 3, 1, 1972, p. 19-35
  • "An Appraisal of Linear Programming in Studying the Peasant Decision Making Environment", J. Nat. Agri. Soc., Vol. 8, 1, 1971, p. 51-68
  • "Unit Farm Approach to Farm Planning in Ceylon", Mod. Ceylon Studies, Vol. 2, 1, 1971, p. 76-87
  • "Export Trends in Ceylon's Major Agricultural Commodities", Agriculture, Vol. 8, 1, 1968
  • "Agriculture in the Economy of Ceylon", Agriculture, Vol. 6, 1, 1966
  • "Farmer Training and Its Results: Proceedings of the International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Vol. 15, 1974.
  • "Decision Making in Paddy Production Under Peasant Farming Conditions in Sri Lanka", Proceedings of First Review Meeting of INPUTS Project, East West Centre, University of Hawaii, 1976
  • "Some Personal and Institutional Factors Affecting Decision Making on Peasant Farms in Sri Lanka", Farm Management Notes for Asia and the Far East, F.A.0. July 1977, p. 16-22
  • "Future Prospects for the Tea Plantation Industry in Ceylon", J. Nat. Agric. Soc., Vol. 5, 1, 1968, p. 1-18
  • "Regional Paddy Acreage Response in Sri Lanka", J. Nat. Aqric. Soc., Vol. 13, 1, 1976, p. 55-78
  • "Peasant Farming in Ceylon", Agriculture, Vol. 5, 1, 1965.

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