Muralee Thummarukudy, Ph.D.

Muralee is currently the global Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction and Operations at the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). He has over 25 years of experience in Environment and Disaster Management around the world. Between 1995-2003, Muralee was Corporate Advisor to Shell operated oil companies in the Middle East and South East Asia, dealing with oil industry related emergencies.  As Operations Manager for the Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, Muralee coordinated projects ranging from assessment to capacity building and clean up all over the world. Since 2009, Muralee focuses his work on Disaster Risk Reduction and is engaged in global advocacy for factoring in Ecosystems into National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies. Muralee plays a leading role in the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction. He is also a member of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and Advisory Board of the Center for Natural Resources and Development in Cologne. Muralee has an M.Tech and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

He is an alumnus of the International Leadership Academy (United Nations University) and a Beahrs’ fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.Though not resident in Kerala, Muralee takes an active interest in the issues relating to migrant labour in Kerala and periodically writes about it.  Muralee is one of the founders of CMID.