Sarath B. Tennakoon is a visiting professor at CMU-Africa and emeritus professor of power electronic systems at Staffordshire University (SU), UK. Tennakoon is also a research fellow in the Kigali Collaborative Research Centre (KCRC). In previous roles, he has served as the director of the Centre for Energy Efficient Systems, head of Engineering Research Centre, director of engineering post-graduate research students in engineering, and acting head of Department of Engineering at SU.
Tennakoon has also served as a committee member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) North West Centre, chairman of the IEEE Power Electronics Society UKRI Chapter (PELS-UKRI), and a committee member of the United Kingdom’s Engineering Professors Council (ERC). He is a chartered engineer, a member of the IET, and a life member of the IEEE. Tennakoon continues to serve in the international steering committee of the European Power Electronics Association. Tennakoon has published papers and carried out research in power electronics, in several application areas within the scope of application power systems. His research is focussed on grid integration of renewable energy, specifically wind energy, HVDC and DC grids, and more recently on the productive use of electrical energy in Africa.