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.

Aravinda is a Civil Engineering professional who had been employed by leading contracting and consulting firms based in Belgium and Singapore before coming to the United States for his doctoral studies. He possesses public and private infrastructure project management experience in Asia. He had served prominent public clients such as Housing & Development Board (Singapore), Doha New Port (Qatar), and Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, and private clients such as Sim Lian Group and Chevron Oronite (Singapore).

Aravinda organized two Speaker Series events at the 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. A founding member of the Ph.D. Consulting Club of the University of Georgia, Aravinda currently serves on the Board of Advisors of AIESEC in Georgia and as a Graduate Advisor to the school’s South-East Model African Union (SEMAU) team.

Aravinda has presented public lectures to audiences hosted by the University of Georgia’s Libraries, African Studies Institute, Office of Global Engagement, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He has delivered virtual lectures on the Presidency of Calvin Coolidge to collegiate networks in Vanderbilt, Florida State, Brown, Grand Valley State, and Columbia Universities.

Education
  • Master of Science in 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
  • Leadership
  • Comparative Public Administration and Policy
  • International Bureaucracy, Development, and Aid Management