Chief of Energy Sector Group
Asian Development Bank
Dr Priyantha D.C. Wijayatunga 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 14 years in ADB. He was the Director of South Asia Energy Division prior to assuming his 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. He has extensively contributed in the areas of energy policy and regulation, energy planning and clean energy development.
Priyantha holds a Doctorate in Power Systems Economics from the Imperial College London, and had been a regular Academic Visitor in the said college from 1993 to 1998. He was the Chairman of the South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulators in 2006–2007 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, UK, Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. He is a Past President of the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association.