Mukul Bhola is the Chief Executive Officer of The Defeat-NCD Partnership at The United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
With more than 20 years’ experience as a humanitarian and development practitioner, Mr Bhola has led crisis response operations, developed strategic public-private partnerships, and mobilised significant financial resources to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to founding The Defeat-NCD Partnership, he established and headed up the Geneva Liaison Office for the Partnerships Group at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). In addition to his function as the head of the Geneva Liaison Office, Mr Bhola was responsible for managing the partnership between the Government of the United Kingdom and UNOPS and growing it to an unprecedented US$ 250 million of new programmes signed in 2018.
Mr Bhola’s United Nations career began in 2000 at the United Nations Information Centre in India. He subsequently worked with the United Nations Development Programme on the Gujarat earthquake recovery programme, and thereafter its Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. He co-led, on behalf of the International Labour Organization (ILO), four joint United Nations-World Bank post-disaster needs assessments in Bangladesh, Haiti, Madagascar, and Myanmar. While at ILO, Mr Bhola was seconded to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to develop the first biennial joint work programme for the strengthened UNISDR system.
He has also worked for more than five years at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), where he set up its “Federation-wide Databank and Reporting System” and established “Everyone Counts”- the annual flagship publication reporting results from 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies. During his service with IFRC, Mr Bhola held leadership positions in strategy and programme development in both Switzerland and Kenya and was deployed as head of operations for the Ebola response based in Guinea during 2014-2015. He is a volunteer and life member of the Indian Red Cross, and he has contributed towards the development of its transformational strategy for 2030.
Mr Bhola holds a first-class honours degree in economics from the University of London. He speaks English, French, German, Hindi and Punjabi.
He is an Indian national. Mr Bhola is married and has one child.