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Ajith P. Perera
Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy in Sri Lanka, Member of Parliament
Deputy Minister Perera commenced his political career as a member of the Provincial Council of the Western Provincial Council in 2009. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2010 and then he was re-elected to the Parliament in 2015. He functioned as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from January to August 2015. He is a lawyer by profession and alumnus of University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Law College and Ananda College, Colombo.
He has a keen interest in sustainable energy development, and is immensely contributing towards renewable energy and energy management programmes implemented in the country. He has been playing a pivotal role in representing Sri Lanka at important international and regional conferences held in different parts of the world.
In January 2017, he was selected as the Chair of the Energy Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
He heads the Presidential Task Force for Demand side Management in Sri Lanka.
He is an active participant in political discourses in the country. He is a regular panelist in political debates in local media where he has earned popularity for his ability to articulate complex political issues.
Ajith P. Perera was born in Bandaragama on 02nd December 1967. He is the eldest in a family of three children. His parents were public servants. He is married to Ms. Nadeeka Perera, a school teacher by profession. They have two sons and a daughter currently engaged in their secondary and higher education.
Vice-President, Asian Development Bank
Mr. Zhang joined Asian Development Bank (ADB) as the Vice-President (Operations 1) in December 2013. He is responsible for operations in the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Zhang was the Director General of the Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
He served as the Deputy Director General for the International Department of MOF from July 2004 to July 2012, where he worked with various multilateral initiatives, including the Group of 20 (G20), Association of Southeast Asian Nations+3 (ASEAN+3), and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
From April 2007 to September 2009, Mr. Zhang was the Executive Director for the PRC at ADB, where he was the Chairman of the Budget Review Committee and a member of the Development Effectiveness Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors. From December 1993 to May 1996, he was the Advisor to the Executive Director of China at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Zhang holds a PhD in Finance from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He earned his Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from Nan Kai University in Tianjin, PRC.
State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh