Professor Mohan Munasinghe was born in Sri-Lanka and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as Vice Chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Presently, he is Founder Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND); KIVA Guest Professor of Sustainable Development at Darmstadt University, Germany; Institute Professor at the Vale Sustainable Development Inst., Federal Univ. of Para, Brazil; and Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China. He is a Board member of Green Cross International and Member of the Club of Rome.
He has postgraduate degrees in physics, engineering and economics from Cambridge University (UK), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), McGill University (Canada), and Concordia University (Canada), as well as several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). He has authored 96 books and over 350 papers, and won many international awards for research. He is Fellow of several International Academies of Science, and editorial board member of over a dozen scholarly journals.
Highlights of over 40 years of distinguished public service include working as the Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka (1982-87) and Advisor to the US President's Council on Environmental Quality (1990-92). Until 2002, he was Senior Advisor/Manager at the World Bank. He was also Director-General, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University, UK; and Chancellor, International Water Academy, Oslo. He has served as expert advisor/consultant to many world bodies, and is recognized as a leading expert with worldwide field experience in sustainable development, climate change, energy, environment, disaster management, economics, telecommunications, transport, urban infrastructure, and water resources.