Director, Economic Governance – Sri Lanka

Gopa Kumar Thampi served as Consultant and Governance Advisor in about 20 countries across Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and Eastern Europe with development partners, state institutions, public agencies, and civil society organizations focusing on issues of governance and government reform, public accountability, and capacity building. Gopa Kumar Thampi was instrumental in setting up the Global and South Asia hubs of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), funded by the World Bank Group and based out of the Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University in Dhaka in 2009 and was the CEO of both hubs until 2011. He was also the former Head of the Asia Desk at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin and the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Centre in Bangalore, India. Gopa Kumar Thampi is also the Founding Member and former President of IT for Change, a leading non-profit Think-Tank working on bridging technology with social realities and had served in the Governing Board of Building Partnerships for Development – a UK-based non-profit.

Education: Gopa Kumar Thampi holds a doctorate in Entrepreneurial Studies from University of Kerala, India and postgraduate qualifications in Economics and Journalism & Mass Communication. He is also an alumnus of the European Center for Peace Studies, based in Austria.