Founded in 2003

The Research Intelligence Unit (RIU) was originally established on the basis of addressing a need to overcome strategic weaknesses and vision constraints that have cowed growth in developing countries, local governments and other institutions around the globe. Maintaining a strong focus from the onset, the organization has been on a steady growth path, building resources and extending networks to cover the private and non-governmental sectors in both developed and developing economies.

Forward thinking and innovative, the RIU uses a mix of local and international resources to bring innovative perspectives to provide solutions for economic problems and keep decision makers informed. A multi-party approach where imported technical expertise is combined with local knowledge, wisdom and skill has proved to be a triumphant strategy in a developing economy context. Being flexible in method and committed to achieving results, RIU continues to deliver multifarious products to the very highest global standards to development insitutions, national and local governments as well as the private sector.

Based in London with its regional office in Colombo, RIU maintains strong institutional and resource links with its offices and associate organizations around the world.

The Team

Roshan Madawela is the Founding CEO / Director of the Research Intelligence Unit. He is also a Director and Chief Editor of the Big Issue Sri Lanka magazine and a founding Director of the Clean City Cycle Club.

Formally he was a consultant at the Office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Consultant at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and Editor at Pennwell Corporation in the UK. He has completed his education at Keele University, Middlesex University, City University and the London Collage of Printing.



Nilesh J De Silva

Associate Director

Roshan Madawala


Graeme La Brooy

Director – Property Management