Prof. Mohan Munasinghe is Founder Chairman of the Munasinghe Inst. of Development (MIND), Colombo,Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4), who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, and Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour – the highest French decoration bestowed on him by the President of France. He is also Chairman, Presidential Expert Commission on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision: Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China; and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka.
Formerly, he served as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka; Advisor to United States President’s Council on Environmental Quality; and Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank. He was Director-General of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University, UK; Chancellor of the International Water Academy, Oslo; and Board Member of Green Cross International, Geneva. He has served as expert advisor/consultant to many world bodies.
He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), MIT (USA), and McGill and Concordia Universities (Canada), as well as several honorary doctorates (honoris causa).
After working for over 40 years in the international arena, he is recognized as a leading expert on climate change, sustainable development, energy and environment. He is especially known for having developed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Sustainomics framework that applies trans-disciplinary thinking to make development more sustainable, for devising the balanced inclusive green growth (BIGG) pathway now followed by many countries, and for proposing the novel idea of Millennium Consumption Goals which has been incorporated into the UN sustainable development goals. He has had direct field experience in climate change, disaster management, economics, environment, energy, telecommunications, transport, urban infrastructure, and water resources projects, worldwide.
He has won many international research prizes and authored over 100 books and 400 technical papers. He is Fellow of several international Academies of Science, and editorial board member of over a dozen journals.
He has represented Sri Lanka (Juniors) and Cambridge University in tennis and won a number of Sri Lanka National and other titles. He is Vice Patron of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association. His interests include swimming, wind surfing, chess, bridge, amateur astronomy, saxophone playing, tai-chi, and meditation.