Prof Mukesh Kapila, CBE


Prof. Mukesh Kapila, CBE, is Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester. He is also Special Adviser to the UN  World Humanitarian Summit, Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs, Nairobi, Special Representative of the Aegis Trust, and Vice Chair of Nonviolent Peaceforce. His memoir “Against a Tide of Evil was nominated for the “2013 Best Non Fiction Book” award. He has been one of the founding members of Manchester Global Foundation, as well as its first chair of the board of trustees between 2015-2018. 

Professor Kapila has extensive experience in international development, humanitarian affairs, human rights and diplomacy. He has qualifications in medicine, public health, and development from the Universities of Oxford and London.

He has 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 and as chair of Minority Rights Group International. Awards include a CBE, 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”.

Prof Kapila has his own personal website,, and tweets as @mukeshkapila.