Dr. Mukesh Kapila

Dr. Mukesh Kapila, CBE, is a Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He has extensive experience in the policy and practice of international development, global health, human rights and diplomacy, disaster and conflict management, human rights and humanitarian affairs.

His memoir Against a Tide of Evil, was published in 2013 and he is the curator of a popular blog series called Flesh and Blood.

Previously he was Under Secretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Earlier in his career 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 in 2003-4 as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, and then he became a Director at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Prior to working at the UN, Professor Kapila was at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s in Overseas Development Administration (subsequently Department for International Development), initially as the senior health and population adviser and later 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.