Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
As vice chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4), Mohan Munasinghe shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, for work on global warming and sustainable development. Currently he is chairman of the Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND) in Colombo, professor of sustainable development at the University of Manchester, UK; distinguished guest professor at Peking University in China; and visiting professor at the Vale Sustainable Development Institute, Federal University of Para, Brazil.
He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), and McGill University and Concordia University (Canada). Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Highlights from his 40 years of distinguished public service include working as the senior energy advisor to the President of Sri Lanka; advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality; and senior advisor/manager at the World Bank.
He has won many international prizes and medals for his research and its applications. Munasinghe has authored 95 books and more than three hundred and fifty tehnical 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.