Biography

Sri Lankan born Prof. Mohan Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, as Vice Chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 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). Presently, he is Chairman, Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND); Director-General, Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), University of Manchester, UK; and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Govt. of Sri Lanka. Highlights of over 35 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 served in the World Bank as a Senior Manager and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development. He has won a number of international prizes and medals for his research, and authored over 90 books and three hundred technical papers on sustainable development, environment, information technology, energy, water resources, transport, and economics. He is a Fellow of many internationally recognized Academies of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of over a dozen international journals. He has lectured in major universities in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, India, Japan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK and USA.

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Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production have led to multiple problems threatening our future—like poverty, resource scarcities, hunger, disease, and environmental harm. Focusing on correcting key drivers such as consumption and production leads to integrated solutions that can solve many problems simultaneously, where piecemeal …

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