Dr. Mukesh Kapila is under secretary general for national society and knowledge development at the IFRC. He has served in many senior roles at the IFRC since 2006.
Dr. Kapila has been a special adviser to the UN in Afghanistan and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Other leadership roles he has fulfilled include UN resident and humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Sudan, director in health action in crises at the World Health Organization and senior policy adviser to the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery. Prior to this, he was the head of conflict and humanitarian affairs at the UK Government Department for International Development and also served the UK National Health Service.
Dr. Kapila was born in India and is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He qualified in medicine and public health from the Universities of Oxford and London. He was honoured for international service with a CBE and has also received the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from the Institute for Global Leadership.