Keynote Speech One

Conference of Ethics and Sustainable Development 2018

Keynote Speech 1:

Dr. Mohan Munasinghe (Shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize)


Professor Mohan Munasinghe was born in Sri-Lanka and shared the Nobel Prizefor Peace in 2007, as Vice Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Presently, Professor Mohan Munasingheis Founder Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo; Chairman of the Presidential Expert Committee on Sustainable Sri Lanka 2030 Vision;Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka; and Distinguished Guest Professor at Peking University, China.

He has earned post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics from Cambridge University (UK), MIT (USA), and McGill and Concordia Universities (Canada). Prof. Munasinghe has also received several honorary doctorates (honoris causa).He also won many international awards for research. He is Fellow of several International Academies of Science, and editorial board member of over a dozen scholarly journals.

He has authored over 100 scholarly books and over 350 papersin well known scientific journals– on climate change, disasters, environment, sustainable development, energy, transport, urban infrastructure, water resources, telecommunications, and sustainableconsumption and production:


Formerly, he served as Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka, Advisor to United States Presidents Council on Environmental Quality, Senior Advisor/Manager, World Bank. He also worked as Director-General of Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), University of Manchester, UK; and Chancellor of International Water Academy (TIWA), Oslo.

Over the past 40 years, he has served as a leadingexpert and advisor/consultant to many world organizations.He is especially known for having developed at Rio 1992, the Sustainomics framework that applies trans-disciplinary thinking to make development more sustainable, and for proposing the novel idea of the balanced inclusive green growth (BIGG) path to sustainable development. He also has had field experience in climate change, disaster management, economics, environment, energy, telecommunications, transport, urban infrastructure, and water resources projects in many countries.