Asoka Obeyesekere is a barrister and political scientist. He has been Executive Director at TISL since 2015 and has worked on diverse Anti-Corruption and Governance areas including Right to Information (RTI), Open Government, Abuse of State Resources (ASR), Proceeds of Crime and Campaign Finance. He is a regular commentator in the local and international media.
Prior to joining TISL, Asoka was a Governance Consultant at Verité Research, where he founded and led the Manthri.lk team that runs Sri Lanka’s only parliamentary performance monitoring platform. His past work has included ground breaking electoral reform research, championing revised MP asset disclosure standards and securing reformed parliamentary committee reporting practices. Asoka has worked in Westminster-based political think-tanks and has private sector experience from his time as a graduate trainee at Ernst & Young, London.
Asoka holds a L.L.B. from Queen Mary College and a M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.