As the Director of the Power and Climate initiative, Mr. Pariphan Uawithya oversees The Rockefeller Foundation’s initiative in Asia aimed at scaling up renewable energy solutions to drive economic and social development. In India, he works with power companies, investors and Smart Power India to bring electricity to rural communities through the establishment of renewable energy mini grids and improvement of electricity performance of distribution companies. He also oversees the Foundation’s Program Related Investment (PRI) work in India, which consists of a growing portfolio of investments in power companies that plan to build over 10,000 mini grids. In Myanmar, he leads Smart Power Myanmar, an entity dedicated to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification for 10 million people. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Uawithya led advocacy and governance initiatives for Oxfam and Save the Children in Asia.
Mr. Uawithya holds a master’s degree from Ball State University, Indiana and a bachelor’s degree from University of Melbourne.