Wajira Dassanayake

Business Practice
Location: Building 061, Room 1024


MFin (Hons) Finance Massey, PGDipFinance Massey, MA (Hons) Economics, PGDipEcon LSE, UK, BA (Hons) Economics

Professional memberships

Senior Associate of Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia)


Wajira Dassanayake is a passionate and a talented educator with more than thirty years of teaching experience in tertiary education institutions.

After completing the Bachelor of Arts (Economics honours) degree from the University of Colombo in 1986, Wajira was employed as a lecturer in the same University. In 1997, he moved to New Zealand. He started his teaching career in New Zealand at WITT in 1997. In 2001, he moved to Auckland and joined Unitec Institute of Technology; first as a part time lecturer 2001- mid 2003 (during this period he also worked at AUT) and subsequently Unitec has employed him as a Senior Academic Staff Member.

Wajira coordinators and lecturers in Research Methods (on the Master of Business and Master of International Communication degree programmes), Financial Risk Management, International Finance and Principles of Managerial Finance (on the Bachelor of Business degree programme). He has also taught many other papers (Business Statistics, Business Finance, Economic Principles, Accounting Principles, Quantitative Business Methods and International Trade and Finance).

At present he is the Research Champion and the Moodle Champion at the Business Practice Pathway at Unitec. He has also performed as the acting programme leader of Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree and served as a member of the BBus programme committee.

Wajira is experienced in theory, research and practice, and he integrates these in his teaching. He can be described as an innovative, deeply committed passionate lecturer and an avid researcher with multiple publications.

Presently, he is studying for his Doctor of Computing (DComp) degree. His research interest focuses on Computational Finance, Market Microstructure, Derivative Markets and Portfolio Management.


Dassanayake, W., & Jayawardena, C. (2017). Determinants of Stock Market Index Movements; Evidence from New Zealand Stock Market. National Conference on Technology and Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Vol. Volume 6).

Dassanayake, W. (2017). Scalable hybrid model for stock index prediction. National Conference on Technology and Management, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

De Costa, G. S., & Dassanayake, W. (2016). Estimation of Impact of Sea Level Rise on Land and Water Resources When Data Is Sparse - Case of Colombo. Environment and Ecology Research (Vol. 4(5)).

Dassanayake, W., Li, X., & Buhr, K. (2015). A revisit of price discovery dynamics across Australia and New Zealand. Unitec ePress Research Report Series, Unitec ePress Research Report Series (3) (Vol. 3).

Dassanayake, W., & Poskitt, R. (2015). Modelling the lowballing of the LIBOR fixing. International Review of Financial Analysis Journal (Vol. 42).

Oldfield, J., Rainsbury, E., Slessor, A., Dassanayake, W., and Coveny, R. (2014). iBus: Embedding mobile learning in a Bachelor of Business Programme. Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Accounting Education Special Interest Group Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Oldfield, J., Dassanayake, W., and Kearns, N. (2014). Perceptions of the rise of mobile learning in a business degree. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) Conference, 23-26 November, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dassanayake, W., Li, X., and Buhr, K. (2013). An investigation of the price discovery for cross-listed stocks: Evidence from New Zealand and Australian stock markets. Auckland Region Accounting (ARA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dassanayake, W. (2012). An investigation of the price discovery for cross-listed stocks: Evidence from New Zealand and Australian stock markets. Unpublished Master of Finance thesis, Massey University.