Punchi Banda Jayasundera is a Sri Lankan economist and is currently the Secretary to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He served as the former Permanent Secretary of the Treasury and Ministry of Finance on multiple occasions.
A past pupil of Maliyadeva College in Kurunegala Jayasundera graduated from University of Sri Lanka, Colombo in 1973 with a BA in Economics He also gained Masters in Development Economics from Williams College in 1980 and a PhD in Economics from Boston University in 1984.
He joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as an Economist in 1974 and was later promoted to Senior Economist in the 1980s following his postgraduate studies in the United States.
Ministry of Finance
In 1990, he was seconded to the Treasury (Ministry of Finance) as Economic Advisor. In 1995 he was appointed as Director General, Department of Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance and from 1997 to 1999 he served as the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury. He served as Secretary to the Treasury and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance from 1999 to 2001. He then served as Chairman, Public Enterprises Reform Commission, Senior Policy Advisor, Ernst & Young Sri Lanka, and as Consultant to the IMF and the World Bank. Jayasundera was reappointed as Secretary to the Treasury and Ministry of Finance in 2004.