Mukul Bhola is Chief Executive of The Defeat-NCD Partnership. A serial entrepreneur, Mukul has more than 19 years of experience as a passionate humanitarian and development practitioner, during which he has led crisis response operations, developed strategic public-private partnerships, and mobilized significant financial resources.
Prior to founding The Defeat-NCD Partnership, Mukul headed the Geneva Liaison Office for the Partnerships Group at UNOPS and was also responsible for managing the UNOPS-DFID partnership–growing it to an unprecedented US $250 million of new programmes signed in 2018. Mukul began his United Nations career with the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi, India in 2000, before moving on to work with the United Nations Development Programme on the Gujarat Earthquake recovery programme, and subsequently its Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. He co-led – on behalf of the International Labour Organization – four joint United Nations-World Bank post-disaster needs assessments to Bangladesh, Haiti, Madagascar, and Myanmar, and while at the International Labour Organization was seconded to United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction to develop the first biennial joint work programme for the strengthened UNISDR system.
With a first-class honours degree in economics, Mukul is highly experienced in working with big data. He spent over five years at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where he set up the Federation-wide Databank and Reporting System, and established Everyone Counts – IFRC’s annual flagship publication on the results of 189 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. There he also held varied roles in strategy and programme development in both Switzerland and Kenya, as well as serving as head of operations for the Ebola response based in Guinea during 2014/2015.
Mukul is a volunteer and life member of the Indian Red Cross, and in 2017 he was requested to support the co-development of their transformational Strategy 2030.
Born in Mauritius, Mukul is married and speaks English, French, German, Hindi and Punjabi.