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W.J.L. Shavindranath Fernando

posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:54 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office

W.J.L. Shavindranath Fernando 

AIT Energy 1982 and distinguished Alumnus to the post of General Manager, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), on 10th October 2013. This is the highest post in the CEB.

Mr. Fernando joined the CEB in February 1979 as an Electrical Engineer, and rose up through the ranks to become the Deputy General Manager of the Thermal Complex, responsible for all the Thermal Power Plants in the Generation Division which post he held for two (02) years. He has also served in the Energy Unit where alternative energy technologies were introduced as a source of energy in rural areas. He has also severed as the Chief Engineer of this unit for one year.

He also served as the Deputy General Manager in charge of Generation Planning and Environment, and he was responsible for the long term generation expansion plan of the CEB. He then went on to lead the very challenging Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project of 150MW which was stalled for nearly eight (08) years due to difficulties in environmental clearance. He successfully commissioned this project in 2012.

Mr. Fernando, was also recently appointed as the President of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka which has a membership of over 12,000. This is the highest post any engineer can achieve in Sri Lanka.