Pariphan Uawithya joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2012. He is part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development initiative, a $75 mm program aimed at scaling decentralized renewable energy mini-grids to serve off-grid and underserved communities in rural India. As Associate Director, he is responsible for building strategic partnerships with donors and investors seeking to invest in mini-grid and rural development. Mr. Uawithya has been actively exploring the assessment of renewable energy mini-grid market in Myanmar and Thailand. In 2014, Mr. Uawithya oversaw the implementation of an accelerated decentralized renewable mini-grid effort that established nearly 30 solar power plants and mini-grids in India and led the development of Smart Power Implementation Monitoring System (SIMS), a near real-time portal that is being used to track operation data of power plants. He played a significant role in establishing and designing Smart Power India (SPI), an entity created to provide support services to energy service companies and continues to provide strategic guidance to SPI on strategy development. Mr. Uawithya manages Monitoring and Evaluation partners, measuring socio-economic changes e.g. GDP at a community level. He also manages innovative projects through the Asia Regional Fund aimed at addressing development challenges in the region.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Uawithya worked with Save the Children Sweden. He headed its regional advocacy and communications strategy and supported regional networks to advocate development issues at international level. Prior to joining Save the Children, Mr. Uawithya worked at Oxfam as the Regional Communications Officer, developing and implementing Oxfam’s regional communications strategy.
Mr. Uawithya holds a master’s degree from Ball State University, Indiana and a bachelor’s degree from University of Melbourne.