W. Indralal De Silva is Senior Professor of Demography (Chair) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka where he has been serving since 1979. In addition, he has extended his services to several government institutions, NGOs and private sector organizations during the past decades. He has published a number of books and monographs and presented over 40 research papers at international conferences and has also published over 60 research articles in reputed local and international journals. His research interests have been on fertility, mortality, migration, ageing, population and labour force projections, family change and reproductive health in developing counties with special emphasis on Sri Lanka.
Professor De Silva obtained his Bachelor's degree in Development Studies (statistics) from the University of Colombo in 1977 and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Demography from the Australian National University in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore in 2004, Harvard School of Public Health during 1996-98 and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in 1990-91.