Kilaparti Ramakrishna is the Senior Advisor on Environmental Law and Conventions with UNEP. He came to this position from the executive office, where he was Policy Advisor to the Executive Director. Prior to that he held the positions of Deputy Director, Division of Policy Development and Law and Chief, Cross-sectoral Environmental Issues, and worked as Special Advisor drafting the Framework Convention on Climate Change. He assisted the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and subsequently worked as the Principal Officer for Implementation and Communication with the secretariat for the Biological Diversity Convention in Montreal. He was a Convening Lead Author, Coordinator and Review Editor with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as a Convening Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as well as the Interlinkages Assessment.
Before joining UNEP, Ramakrishna was Deputy Director of the Woods Hole Research Centre, holder of Sarah Shallenberger Brown Chair in Environmental Law and Policy and Visiting Professor of International Law at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He taught at Harvard Law School, at Boston University, Yale University and Boston College Law Schools. He serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and World Academy of Arts and Sciences, is on the boards of trustees of Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge. Ramakrishna was born and brought up in India and is a naturalized citizen of the USA and an overseas citizen of India.