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Kamal Kishore is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Mr Kishore brings to this position nearly three decades of experience in disaster risk reduction, climate action and sustainable development at the global, regional, national and local levels, having worked in government, the United Nations and civil society organizations.

Prior to joining UNDRR, Mr. Kishore was the Head of Department of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India, since 2015.

As part of India’s Group of 20 (G20) presidency, he led the G20 Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction.  He also contributed to the development of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, launched by the Prime Minister of India at the Climate Action Summit in 2019.

Before joining NDMA, Mr. Kishore spent nearly thirteen years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, Geneva, and New Delhi. During this time, he led global advocacy to integrate disaster resilience concerns in the Sustainable Development Goals, led a global team of disaster risk reduction advisors to support UNDP programme countries, and provided direct technical support to over ten countries in public policy, institutional, legislative, and capacity development aspects of disaster risk reduction. He supported post-disaster recovery in Bangladesh, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

Prior to UNDP, he served as Director of Information and Research, and Manager of Extreme Climate Events Programme at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok (1996-2002) covering Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and as an Architect at the Action Research Unit for Development (1992-1994) in New Delhi where he worked on post-earthquake reconstruction projects.

Mr. Kishore holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning, Land and Housing Development from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.  Mr. Kishore is fluent in English and Hindi.