Mahinda is an associate professor and the programme leader for MBA Business Leadership & Practice, and teaches in the area of supply chain and logistics, operations management, and management research and supervises MBA students in their research project, and also supervises undergraduate students in Work-Based Learning project and Business Live Project.
He graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka specialising in Economics and Statistics. He obtained his PhD from National Center for Ports and Shipping, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. His main research interests include transport pricing and econometric application in maritime and port and transport economics, and SDGs and transport and logistics industry.
He has taught microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade, transport policy and economics, transport infrastructure investment and appraisal and management research methodology and research ethics. He is now a Fellow member (FCILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sri Lanka. He was a Chartered Member (CMILT) from 2012-2021 and was the Vice President, Education (2021) of the same institute. During the past 15 years he has engaged in teaching and coordinating research, and career development of undergraduate students and postgraduate students. Further, he has participated and presented his research at local and international research symposiums. Notably, he is an award winner -Young Colin Relf Award 2008 from the International Forum for Rural Transport Development (IFRTD) and Australian Development Scholarship for a postgraduate research.
He was also a visiting professor in Beijing Jiatong University (2018) and a visiting scholar in Tokyo Institute of Technology (2017).
Mahinda Serves as an editorial member for Maritime Technology and Research , Journal of Maritime Logistics, and also serves as a reviewer for Transport Policy, Maritime Policy and Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Maritime Business Review, Interdisciplinary Research in Transportation Studies, The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, Transportation Research: Part A, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, Case Studies in Transport Policy, and International Journal of Logistics and Trade and Journal of Transport Geography. In addition to being served as an academic, he also contributes to national and international transport development projects as a transport economist.