Sri Lankaâ€™s Devinda Subasinghe elected head of global economic think tank 'Bridging Nations'
Daya Gamage â€“ US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune
Washington, D.C. 14 July, (Asiantribune.com): Devinda R. Subasinghe, a U.S. educated economist who hails from Sri Lanka, made a difference when he was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States in 2002-2005 period in strengthening his native countryâ€™s working relationship with Bush White House, Congress, the private sector and various other United States government agencies by addressing diplomatic, security and trade matters.
The opening that Ambassador Subasinghe gave to Sri Lanka during his tenure as the ambassador, and even as the Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States (OAS), undoubtedly benefited Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between U.S. and his country on trade, investment, emergency assistance and security and host of other issues and bring a close understanding between the two countries.
The close relationship he maintained with vital and influential think tanks in Washington and New York helped his Sri Lanka Mission during that time to understand issues that helped fashion his Missionâ€™s policies and understanding to the great benefit of Sri Lanka.
Now, Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe has assumed the role President of a Washington-based Bridging Nations last this week whose target audience is leadership in various fields, and an active champion of a vision of a connected world drawn together by economic integration and growth. Bridging Nations focuses on three countries and one multilateral organization: the United States, China, India and the United Nations.
Bridging Nations collaborate with premier think tanks, universities, and policy-making bodies to create innovative actionable agenda.
Ambassador Subasinghe, with his diplomatic experience along with international investment banking business expertise with a sound academic background with a Masters in international economics from one of Americaâ€™s premier institutes of higher learning John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelors in economics and political science from Indiana University will have the right insight to guide the Washington-based Bridging Nations as its new President. His connections to high profile policy-makers in the United States and close rapport with research organizations and think tanks who often give policy guidance to the US Congressional committees and government agencies is an added qualification to run this important organization in coming years.
He comes to Bridging Nations with an extensive background in diplomacy, international development, trade and finance.
â€œDevinda brings to our organization a wealth of diplomatic experience,â€ says Dr. Prakash Ambegaonkar, founder and CEO of Bridging Nations. â€œHis knowledge in international relations, coupled with his belief in the Bridging Nations mission, makes him a perfect asset to our organization. His diplomatic and international expertise will complement my business background. Together we hope to expand Bridging Nationsâ€™ action-oriented policy agenda.â€
â€œThe US-India-China trilateral relationship and the United Nations will define global peace and prosperity in the 21st Century,â€ says Ambassador Subasinghe. â€œAs President of Bridging Nations, I look forward to broadening and deepening the understanding of this dynamic relationship through multifaceted and unique bridge-building program.â€
Ambassador Subasinghe was a key player in enhancing bilateral security cooperation to deter terrorist and weapons proliferation threats to the U.S. He built bipartisan (US) Congressional coalition dealing with issues of trade, tsunami recovery assistance and humanitarian de-mining operation.
In addition, Ambassador Subasinghe has advised various presidents and prime ministers of Sri Lanka on international economic development, financial issues, and US-Sri Lanka bilateral relations. For 11 years he served at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He also worked as an adviser for the U.S. government from 1995 through 1999 on foreign policy, economic development, public and private corporations, and equity funds on cross-border/emerging market investments.