Professor Mukesh Kapila

CEO, The Defeat-NCD Partnership; Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester

Professor Mukesh Kapila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Defeat-NCD Partnership, a position he has held since January 2018. He is also Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. Previously, he served in senior roles at the UK Government Department for International Development, United Nations, World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as Chair of Minority Rights Group International, and Chair of Nonviolent Peaceforce. He was Special Adviser to the first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Professor Kapila has extensive experience in international development, global health, humanitarian affairs, conflict and security, human rights and diplomacy. He holds qualifications in medicine, public health, and development from the Universities of Oxford and London. Professor Kapila’s awards include a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II, the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership, the “I Witness!” award for human rights, and a special resolution of the California State Legislature for “lifetime achievements and meritorious service”.