Lalith Welamedage

Lalith Welamedage


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    United Kingdom

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Lalith is a social entrepreneur, researcher, and development practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the development sector. He has particular expertise in policy, research and practice related to SME and social enterprises, technology and innovation, equality, and diversity. He has held managerial positions in public, private and non-profit sectors and has undertaken consultancies in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vietnam and Barbados for the British Council, Oxfam GB, World University Services of Canada, the Commonwealth Secretariat, GIZ and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Lalith has had research stints at the universities of Newcastle, Salford and Northumbria and has also been a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Peradeniya and Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

He serves on the National Steering Committee of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme in Sri Lanka, National Agenda Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on Entrepreneurship Eco-system, and on the GSG Impact Investing - National Advisory Body of the Impact Investing of Sri Lanka. He is the co-founder of Lanka Social Ventures, an enterprise support service in Sri Lanka which provides incubation and acceleration support for social enterprise and responsible SMEs, training and research and consulting services.

Lalith’s academic profile includes an MA in Industrial Development from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne which examined SME, Technology, and Innovation Policies. He is also a Fellow of Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, United Kingdom.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Developing technological capabilities in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs): An Examination of SME policies and the role of business support agencies in Sri Lanka, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear; United Kingdom

25 Sept 199931 Aug 2006

Award Date: 3 Dec 2007

Supervised by

    Master of Arts, Foreign investment industrialisation and development in Sri Lanka, University of East Anglia

    1 Sept 199231 Aug 1993

    Award Date: 6 Dec 1993

    Supervised by

      External positions

      Visiting Lecturer, University of Peradeniya

      1 Sept 0201 → …


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