Mukesh Kapila, CBE is Professor of Global Health and
Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also Special
Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against
humanity, and Chair of Minority Rights Group International. His book "Against a Tide of Evil",
published by Mainstream (Random House Group) was released in March 2013.
Previously he was Under Secretary General at the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's
largest humanitarian and development network. Earlier, he served the United
Nations in different roles as Special Adviser to the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and then Special Adviser at the UN
Mission in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he led the UN's largest country mission
at the time as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the
Sudan, and then became a Director at the World Health Organization.
He has also been Chief Executive of the PHG Foundation, a
senior policy adviser to the World Bank, worked as part of the UN Disaster
Assessment and Coordination system, and advised the UN International Strategy
for Disaster Reduction, International Labour Organization, UNAIDS, and many
Prior to the UN, Professor Kapila was at the UK Foreign and
Commonwealth Office's Overseas Development Administration (subsequently
Department for International Development), initially as senior health and
population adviser and latterly as the first head of a new Conflict and
Humanitarian Affairs Department that he set up.
His earliest career was in clinical medicine, primary health
care, and public health in the British National Health Service in Oxford,
Cambridge, and London, where he helped set up the UK's first national HIV and
AIDS programme at the Health Education Authority, becoming its deputy director.
He has initiated several NGOs, and served on the Boards of
many bodies including the UN Institute for Training and Research, and the
International Peace Academy in New York. He is also a Senior Member of Hughes
Hall College at Cambridge University.