Priyantha Wijayatunga

Chief of Energy Sector Group
, ADB
Profile / Bio: 

Priyantha is currently the Chief of the Energy Sector Group in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Priyantha has over 30 years of professional experience including 13+ years in ADB. He joined ADB in April 2008 and was appointed Director, South Asia Energy Division in March 2017 prior to assuming the current position in August 2021. Before joining ADB, he served as the founder Director-General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and a Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa.

Priyantha holds a Doctorate in Power Systems Economics from the Imperial College London. He was also a regular Academic Visitor at Imperial College London during the period 1993-to 1998. He was the Chairman of the South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulators (SAFIR) in 2006/07 and was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ceylon Electricity Board and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. He was an Advisory Board member of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne from 2016-to 2019.

He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), UK, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. He is a Past President of the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA).

Materials

Title Date Learning Materials Topic
ADB Business Opportunities (Energy) 09 December 2020 Slides Energy
ADB Energy Sector Portfolio 29 August 2016 Slides Energy, Environment
ADB's New Energy Policy 30 March 2022 Slides ADB Administration and Governance, Finance
ADB’s 2021 Energy Policy 19 May 2022 Slides ADB Administration and Governance, Finance
Bangladesh–India Electrical Grid Interconnection Project: South Asia’s First Interconnection of Two National Grids 01 October 2015 Cases Energy, Regional Cooperation and Integration
Building Resilience of the Power System in the Low-Carbon Transition 28 April 2021 Slides Disaster Risk Management, Energy
Closing Remarks 18 May 2022 Document Climate Change, Energy, Finance
Energy (Overview) 16 March 2016 Slides Energy
Energy Transition in Asia: Leapfrogging Development 04 April 2018 Slides Energy, Environment, ICT
Green Technology and Business Innovation 23 November 2016 Multimedia Environment, ICT, Private Sector
Inclusive Community Energy Resilience in Bangladesh 24 April 2019 Slides Energy
Moving Forward with Clean Energy - Knowledge Sharing Webinar Series 07 December 2015 Multimedia Agriculture and Natural Resources, Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Urban Development
Moving Forward with Clean Energy - Knowledge Sharing Webinar Series 07 December 2015 Document Agriculture and Natural Resources, Climate Change, Energy, Urban Development, Environment
Opening Session on Smart Grid Technologies and Implications for Inclusive Development in Sri Lanka 03 April 2018 Multimedia Energy, Gender Equality, Social Development and Protection
South Asia Tariff Regulations: Lessons for Inclusive Access 11 April 2016 Slides Energy
Video - Session 2 - Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Enabling Policy, Regulatory, and Institutional Environments 11 April 2016 Multimedia Energy, Gender Equality, Social Development and Protection