Ravis experience includes several years as an academic followed by a move to the private sector and later to a role within an International Development context. He grew up in Sri Lanka and after his degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, he proceeded to the UK for post- graduate study as a President’s Scholar. There he studied Computer Science and specialized in the applications of Artificial Intelligence in Industrial Control systems. After a period of post-doctoral research, he returned to Sri Lanka as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Peradeniya.
He made the transition to the private sector in 1996, joining PricewaterhouseCoopers (then Price Waterhouse) as it established a new IT consulting business in Sri Lanka, and rose rapidly to Director. He was credited with growing the company from just 5 staff in 1996 to more than 40 over 5 years. Ravi became a consultant to the World Bank in 2003, advising the East Asia and Pacific region on a viable business strategy for the Bank’s Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in the region. He took on a full-time consulting role as Senior Business Adviser for the GDLN, along with a move to Australia, in 2005 and was responsible for developing business strategies that set the GDLN in the Asia Pacific on a path to sustainability and growth.
Ravi holds a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; a Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge UK; and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne UK.