President at Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka
Dr. Goonatilake was trained in engineering in Sri Lanka, Germany and Britain and later in sociology in Sri Lanka and Britain.
Dr. Goonatilake has taught or researched among others at the University of Exeter, University of Sussex; Columbia University; New School for Social Research; Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo; University of Philippines; University of Trondheim; University of Linkoping and the Institute of Social Studies, University of Malaya. He has numerous journal publications and has lectured in hundreds of academic locations around the world.
He has worked at the UN and has being a senior consultant for all UN organs dealing with knowledge and science issues. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former general president of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science and is currently the president of the country's oldest academic body, the 164 year old Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka.
His specialties include cultural history, global shifts in culture and science, relationships of information in genetics, culture and computers.
Among Dr. Susantha Goonatilake’s books are “Cultural Consequences of the Shift to Asia (forthcoming)”, “A 16th Century Clash of Civilizations: the Portuguese Presence in Sri Lanka”, “Recolonization: Foreign Funded NGOs in Sri Lanka” etc.