ACEF Speaker 2020

Wasantha Perera

Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Power & Energy Sri Lanka

Ms. Wasantha Perera is the present Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Power & Energy in Sri Lanka. Prior to this, she has served as Permanent Secretary to the Ministries of Health and, Science, Technology & Vocational Training in Sri Lanka. Further, she has served in key positions in the Ministries of Finance, Defence and Foreign Affairs. She has served as a senior diplomat in Washington DC, USA. She has served for the United Nations Development Programme as a National Project Coordinator in Foreign Aid Coordination Project and a Tsunami Recovery Project.

Ms. Perera was instrumental in establishing Sri Lanka's premier national security think-tank and research body, the ‘Institute of National Security Studies'. A Science graduate and an officer of Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Mrs Perera possesses a Masters degree in Project Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and Postgraduate qualifications in Management and Economics Development obtained from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka respectively.


  • Opening Plenary: Global Energy Challenges and Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic