Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Weerakkody is a Serial Plagiarist and it Should Matter.

Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Weerakkody has opined on a range of topics for quite some time. He’s weighed in on human resources, Sri Lankan politics, U.S. foreign policy, and more.

And until very recently, he was a regular columnist with the Daily FT. In many of his Daily FT bylines, Weerakkody reminded readers that “[t]he writer is a thought leader.” In addition, Weerakkody has held a variety of prominent positions and his political connections are well-known. He’s currently the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, Weerakkody is also a serial plagiarist.

You can see the evidence on my Twitter account here. Dozens of examples of plagiarism were documented in less than a day. Plagiarism includes both claiming credit for ideas that are not his own and directly copying other people’s writing.

Sometimes Weerakkody lifted a few sentences from a particular author. Sometimes he stole whole paragraphs. There are other examples where he essentially plagiarized most or all of an entire article.

According to my research, Weerakkody has stolen work from many prominent sources, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the BBC, Harvard Business Review, the International Crisis Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Post, Reuters, McKinsey & Company, the Economist, and the World Bank.

Upon my raising these concerns, Weerakkody blocked me on Twitter and has yet to address the matter.

I’ve documented instances of plagiarism that go back a decade, but it would not be surprising to learn that Weerakkody has been lifting other people’s work for far longer than that. If one person was able to find so much plagiarism so quickly, consider how much more is almost certainly out there.

On Monday, all of Weerakkody’s columns were removed from the Daily FT’s website.

The Daily FT did not respond to a request for comment for this article.