Honourable Udaya P Gammanpila
Minister of Energy
Udaya Gammanpila secured the highest marks in the country at the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level Examination) in 1988 and received a scholarship to Monash University in Melbourne, awarded by the Australian government. Udaya became an Assistant Lecturer of the university while studying in his fourth year for Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems).
After returning to Sri Lanka, Udaya joined Australia – Lanka Group as a management trainee in 1994 and became the Director and CEO of the Group in 1996. Udaya held directorates in several leading companies during his short stay in the corporate sector.
Udaya left the corporate sector in 2000 to engage in nationalist politics on fulltime basis soon after launching ‘Sihala Urumaya’ which was later known as ‘Jathika Hela Urumaya’ (JHU). Udaya held posts of Propaganda Secretary, Administrative Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and Treasurer of the party. In 2014, he left the JHU to launch a new political party called “Pivithuru Hela Urumaya”.
Udaya was a member of All Party Representative Committee (APRC) appointed by HE the President in 2007 to formulate a political solution to the crisis in the North and East. Udaya is also a member of the Advisory Council for Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration. He is also a member of National Economic Council chaired by HE the President.
Being an Environmentalist, Minister of Environment appointed Udaya as his senior advisor in February 2007. Subsequently, HE the President appointed him as the chairman of the Central Environmental Authority.
Udaya has been a political columnist of Lankadeepa, Sinhala daily with the highest circulation, since 2002 and of Ceylon Today since 2012.
In April 2009, Udaya made his entry to electoral politics by contesting for the Western Provincial Council from Colombo District. After electing the council, he became the Minister of Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Industries & Environment (Western Province).
After his re-election in 2014, Udaya was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Industries, Environment, Art & Cultural Affairs (Western Province). In September 2014, he was unanimously elected as the Co-chairperson of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development to represent Southern nations. It is the only environmental organization of subnational governments recognized by the United Nations.
Udaya was elected as a Member of the Parliament representing Colombo District in 2015 and again in 2020 securing positions among the top three candidates gaining highest number of preferential votes. He has been conducting environment friendly election campaigns since his entry into politics.
Udaya is now a co-cabinet spokesperson, Chairman of Sri Lanka Australia Parliamentary Friendship Association and a Member of the Committee on High Posts.
Udaya is the leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) and Minister of Energy.