Dr. Amarathunga, who has been with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) over 30 years, currently holds the position of director of the bank’s Regional Office Management Department. Apart from attending his main job, he has functioned as a member of the committees tasked with the preparation of policy and strategy documents on SMEs and venture capital firms in Sri Lanka, as a trustee of dedicated economic centers and as a board member of country’s premier institute for agrarian research and training. Dr. Amarathunga was also a member of presidential task force for the recovery of state assets during 2015-17, chairman of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) sub group on countering the financing of terrorism in 2015, and co-chair of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) during 2016-17.
Before joining the CBSL, Dr. Amarathunga worked as an Assistant Lecturer of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, from where he received his B.Com. (special) degree and later, while serving in the CBSL, he completed MSc in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York, MSc in Management and Information Technology from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and PhD in Microfinance from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He has published research papers in reputed journals. He is also a resource person for many local and international training programs conducted on Regional Development, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.