Mohan Munasinghe‘s Biography
Professor Mohan Munasinghe is a Sri Lankan physicist, academic and economist with a focus on energy, water resources, sustainable development, and climate change. He was the Vice-Chairman of the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, and shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore, for his work on global warming and sustainable development.
Currently, Mohan is Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute of Development in Sri Lanka; Director-General of the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manchester; and Institute Professor at the Vale Sustainable Development Institute, Federal University of Para, Brazil. He serves on the board of directors of Green Cross International and is a member of the Club of Rome. He is also the Senior Advisor to the Sri Lanka Government on sustainable economic growth.
During 35 years of distinguished public service, he has served as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to the United States President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Advisor to the World Bank.
He has taught as Visiting Professor at a number of universities world-wide, and has won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. He has authored 97 books and over three hundred and fifty technical papers on the environment.
Mohan has made numerous speeches at gatherings ranging from high level international conferences to community meetings. He has organised and conducted international training seminars on climate change, sustainable development, environment, economics, energy, transport, water resources, and information technology, in various parts of the world, for thousands of officials and hundreds of corporations.