Sriganesh Lokanathan is Team Leader – Big Data Research at LIRNEasia, where he co-established and leads LIRNEasia‘s multi-disciplinary research on big data for development in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, he recently contributed to the Western Region Megapolis Plan, providing data driven insights in the planning process. His work involves the conceptualizing and implementation of big data analyses to support global development, understanding its implications on society, and mainstreaming its use for social good. He has been widely published and is often invited to speak on the topic in international forums. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.