Chief Energy Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka and Minister-Counsellor
and professional experience
Prof. Munasinghe has over 35 years experience working in the
international development area, with field experience in most
developing countries. Presently, he is Honorary Chief Energy
Advisor to the Govt. of Sri Lanka, Chairman, Munasinghe Inst.
for Development, Colombo, Vice Chair, Intergov. Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), Geneva, Chancellor, The Int. Water Academy, Oslo,
and Visiting Professor, Inst. of Advanced Studies, UN Univ.,
Tokyo. Until 2003, he was Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development,
World Bank, Wash. DC. Previously, he was Division Chief for
Environmental Policy, and Division Chief for Energy and Infrastructure,
During 1990-92, he served as Advisor to the US President's Council
on Environmental Quality (PCEQ). From 1982 to 1987, Prof. Munasinghe
was the Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka,
implementing the national energy strategy. He also developed
the Sri Lanka computer policy, as Chairman, Computer and Info.
Tech. Council (CINTEC), and served on the Presidential Commission
that determined national telecommunications policy. From 1982
to 1987, he was Board Member, Natural Resources, Energy and
Science Auth. of Sri Lanka; and Governor, Arthur Clarke Centre
for Modern Techn., Sri Lanka. Since 1972, he has also served
as expert-advisor to many world bodies, including the UN, UNDP,
UN Univ., UNESCO, ESCAP, ECLA, USAID, CIDA, IDRC, EEC, IAEA,
ADB, AfDB, IDB, etc. He serves on the Editorial Boards of over
a dozen international periodicals.
Academic and scholastic
Mohan Munasinghe was born in Sri Lanka in 1945, and received
a BA (Hons.) and MA in Engineering from Cambridge Univ., U.K.
in 1967/8, SM and Prof. EE in Elec. Eng. from the Mass. Inst.
of Tech., U.S.A. in 1969, PhD in Solid State Physics from McGill
Univ., Canada, in 1973, and MA in Economics from Concordia Univ.,
Canada, in 1975.
He has won a number of international prizes and honours. In
1998, the green award for exceptional contributions to sustainable
development was presented to him at the Sixth World Congress
of the Int. Federation of Environmental Journalists. He received
the international best treatise award and medal for sustainable
water resource management from the Int. Foundation for Water
Science and Tech. at the 1994 World Water Congress in Abu Dhabi.
In 1990, two commemorative volumes of his selected papers in
energy and electricity were issued, with felicitations from
eminent experts as well as 20 leading international journals.
He is also the recepient of the international prize for outstanding
work in electric power and energy systems analysis and pricing
awarded in 1988 at the Fifth Latin American and Caribbean Energy
Conference, and the annual award for exceptional contributions
to energy research and policy applications, presented in 1987
by the Int. Assoc. for Energy Economics, U.S.A. In 1985, he
received the Sinha Gold Medal for outstanding scientific achievement
in Sri Lanka, from the Lions Int. Org. His academic awards include
the 1966 J. W. Beauchamp Prize from the Inst. of Elec. Eng.
(UK), and the 1968 Albert M. Grass Prize at MIT (USA).
Prof. Munasinghe is a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological
Economics - Royal Swedish Acad. of Sciences, Third World Acad.
of Sciences, Italy (FTWAS), National Academy of Sciences, Sri
Lanka (FNASSL), Royal Society for Arts, UK (FRSA), International
Water Academy, Norway (FIWA), Institution of Electrical Engineers,
UK (FIEE), and Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka (FIESL).
Publications and teaching
He is the author of several hundred technical papers in well?known
scientific journals; and over 60 scholarly books. He has taught
university courses for the past 30 years, on energy, water,
resource management, and environmental economics, in Sri Lanka
(Moratuwa Univ., Univ. of Colombo), Canada (McGill Univ., Concordia
Univ.), and the US (State Univ. of NY, American Univ., George
Washington Univ., Univ. of Pennsylvania) He has organized and
conducted international training seminars on the environmental
economics, energy, water and information technology, in various
parts of the world, for thousands of senior officials from most
Prof. Munasinghe has represented Sri Lanka (Juniors) and Cambridge
University in lawn tennis and won a number of Sri Lanka National
and other titles. His interests include swimming, wind surfing,
chess, bridge, amateur astronomy, saxophone playing, tai-chi,