Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Aravinda Karunaratne is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia. Prior to coming to the United States, Aravinda had been employed as a Civil Engineer by leading contracting and consultant firms based in Belgium and Singapore. He possesses project management experience in public infrastructure projects in Singapore, Qatar, and Sri Lanka and in private infrastructure projects in Singapore. Some of the public-sector clients he served included Housing & Development Board (Singapore), Doha New Port (Qatar), and Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation. Aravinda organized two Speaker Series events in University of Georgia addressing the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He liaised on the matters of AIESEC Global Internship and Volunteer programs with the Costa Rican Consulate in Atlanta as well as the overseas chapters in Peru and Brazil. Aravinda currently serves in the Board of Advisors of AIESEC in Georgia (UGA) and as a Graduate Advisor to the South-East Model African Union (SEMAU) team.


Master of Science (Applied Economics) – Singapore Management University, 2016

Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Minors in Economics & Public Administration – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011

Languages learned – Chinese (Mandarin), Malay, Spanish

Of Note

Graduate School Research Assistantship, University of Georgia, 2017-2021

Dean’s List, School of Economics, Singapore Management University, 2014-2016

International Student Tuition Grant by the Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2007-2011

Research Interests

Public-Private Partnerships

Public Management

Comparative Public Administration and Policy

International Bureaucracy, Development, and Aid Management