Prof. Munasinghe is Chairman, Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo; Professor of Sustainable Development, SCI, University of Manchester, UK; Distinguished Guest Professor, Peking University, China; and Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka. He shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, as Vice Chairman, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-AR4), for work on global warming and sustainable development.
He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), MIT (USA), and McGill University and Concordia University (Canada). Prof. Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa). Highlights from 40 years of distinguished public service include working as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to the United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank.
He has won many international prizes for research, and taught at leading universities worldwide. He has authored 93 books and over 350 technical papers on sustainable development, climate change, economics, power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters, and ITC. He is Fellow of several international Academies of Science, and serves on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals.