Dr Jayanthakumaran has a PhD, ‘Trade Liberalisation and Performance’, from the Development Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is a senior lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the University of Wollongong. His research has concentrated on 'trade facilitation and performance'. Outcome is reflected by peer reviewed 30 journal articles, 5 book chapters, 2 edited books, 1 book and 15 Higher Degree Research Students' completions. His research leadership as a 'trade economist' is associated with an international influence that includes collaborative projects with ICFTU/APRO, ADB, ADBI, ITT for LLDCs and Smeru Research Institute.