Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah
Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, is currently the Director at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)/UNESCO. He is an experienced environmental-development economist with more than two decades of experience at the international level. He work mainly focuses largely on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. Until May 2014, Prof. Duraiappah was the Executive Director of International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) hosted by the United Nations University, Bonn, Germany. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Chief of the Ecosystem Services and Economics Unit of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining the U.N, Prof. Duraiappah worked as an academic in universities in Singapore, Italy, and the Netherlands. Dr. Duraiappah received his PhD in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA. He has recently been appointed to his present post to enable UNESCO achieve the transformative shift envisioned for the post 2015 agenda.