- Acting Vice Chairperson of NARBO -
Dr. M.U.A Tennakoon is a well recognized professional in Sri Lanka holding BA (Hons), MA, PhD and DSc degrees from different universities - University of Ceylon Peradeniya, Syracuse University in the US, The Flinders University of South Australia and the Sri Lanka Rajarata University respectively
Professionally a Central Banker with 32 years of service and finally risen up to the position of an Executive Director; later a Director-General (human resource development) of a large NGO in Sri Lanka, Director,South Asian Partnership-International, Planning Advisor of a Provincial Council and currently the Director-General, Mahaweli (River) Authority of Sri Lanka covering nearly 40% of the land area of the country.
He is a member of several Boards of Management in Sri Lanka including the National Development Trust Fund. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Network of Asian River Basin Organization (NARBO).
Dr. Tennakoon is well experienced in working with banks, many state departments, local bodies and NGOs. He has made substantial research contributions in the fields of rural credit, irrigation, rural development, settlement and land-use, development, planning, human resource development, institution development and management, authoring six book many research reports for or in association with reputed international organizations (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IFAED, WFP etc.), many chapters to book on invitation and a large number of journal articles on the above subjects areas.
This award winning writer has had interest in water and water-related development issues over the past three decades actively contributing to the knowledge in that sphere. He has evolved a concept of cascade-based (micro-basin based) environmentally friendly development concept which is being increasingly accepted and applied in Sri Lanka. He is well acknowledged in Sri Lanka for his planning capabilities and indepth studies on drought and desertification.
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