ACEF Speaker 2021

Pariphan Uawithya

Director, Power & Climate,
The Rockefeller Foundation

Pariphan Uawithya leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s Power initiative in Asia aimed at scaling up renewable energy solutions to drive economic and social development. In India, he works with power companies, investors, donors, and Smart Power India to bring clean and reliable electricity to rural communities through the establishment of distributed renewable energy mini grids and improvement of performance of power 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.


  • Regional Partnerships to Advance Energy Priorities (USAID, DFC, JICA, The Rockefeller Foundation, EFA)