Professor Mohan Munasinghe shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, as Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Currently, he is Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo; Professor of Sustainable Development at SCI, University of Manchester, UK; Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China; and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Sri Lanka Government.
He received the B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University, U.K. in 1967/8, S.M. and Professional E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, U.S.A. in 1969, Ph.d. in Solid State Physics from McGill University, Canada, in 1973, and M.A. in Development Economics from Concordia University, Canada, in 1975. Professor Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Highlights from 40 years of distinguished public service include working as Senior Advisor (Energy and Information Technology) to the President of Sri Lanka, helping to formulate and implement the national energy strategy and computer policy, Advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality (US PCEQ), Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank, Washington DC, and Chairman, Computer and Information Technology Council (CINTEC) of Sri Lanka. He is also Board Member of Green Cross International, Switzerland; Member of the Club of Rome, Switzerland; Chair of the International Advisory Board, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, UK; Director of the Canifex International Socio Economic Development Centre (Canadian non profit foundation); and was founding-Director of both the World Energy Efficiency Association (WEEA) in Washington DC, and the New Sun Foundation in Geneva. He is Patron and Founder of the Lanka Society for Sustainable Development (LASS), and President-Emeritus and Founder of the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA). He is recognized as a leading world authority on sustainable development, energy, economics and environment. He is especially known for trans-disciplinary thinking, having proposed the SUSTAINOMICS framework for making development more sustainable at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and developed it into a widely applied methodology. Recently, Prof. Munasinghe proposed the novel concept of millennium consumption goals (MCGs) at the UN, which is enjoying strong international support. He has direct field experience in most developing countries, on projects involving climate change, disaster management, economics (macro and micro), environment, energy, telecommunications, transport, urban infrastructure, and water resources. He has taught as Visiting Professor at several leading universities worldwide, and won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. Prof. Munasinghe has authored 93 books and over three hundred and fifty technical papers on economics, sustainable development, climate change, power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters, and information technology. He is a Fellow of several internationally recognized Academies of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals.
What he presents:
Millennium Consumption Goals