Shanaka Peiris

Resident Representative to the Philippines at International Monetary Fund

Shanaka Jayanath (Jay). Peiris is the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative to the Philippines. Prior to this he was a Senior Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department, and Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF covering ASEAN countries and South Asia. During the last 12 years at the IMF, he has also worked on Eastern and Southern Africa, Bhutan, Vietnam and Yemen. He joined the Economist Program at the IMF in 2001 after completing his D. Phil (PhD) in Economics at Oxford University as a British Chevening Scholar and a Light Senior Scholar at St. Catherines’ College, Oxford. He was also Lecturer in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics at Sommerville College and Jesus College, Oxford. Earlier on, he interned at Deutsche Bank A.G. and the World Bank. He has published academic journal papers on a wide range of topics including inclusive growth, monetary policy and inflation, bond markets, banking and finance, macroeconomic models for emerging markets and co-authored a book on Post-Stabilization Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa.