Kamal Kishore

Policy Adviser, Climate Change and Disaster Resilience

Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP New York

United States
Crisis, Crisis prevention and recovery, Disaster risk reduction

Kamal Kishore is the Policy Adviser for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

He was previously Programme Adviser with the Disaster Reduction and Recovery Team of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery since July 2007. He is based in New York and is responsible for providing coherence to UNDP's global portfolio on disaster risk reduction and for strengthening the DRR practice globally within UNDP.

Prior to 2007, Mr. Kishore was UNDP's Regional Disaster Reduction Adviser for South and South-West Asia based in New Delhi for five years.  During that period, he supported UNDP Country Offices in the region on a range of policy and institutional development issues relevant to DRR and recovery, while also advising them on the use of appropriate risk reduction tools and methodologies. Mr. Kishore also guided the formulation of post-disaster recovery frameworks in Iran (2002-2004), Sri Lanka (2005), India (2005) and Pakistan (2005), while continuously engaged with risk reduction programmes in the region.

Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Kishore spent six years as Information Officer with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Bangkok, Thailand. He later became Director of Information Research and Network Support Unit and Programme Manager of Extreme Climate Events Programme (1999-2002) at ADPC. Mr. Kishore has co-authored several articles and publications on issues, ranging from seismic safety for houses in urban areas, climate forecasting applications, to post-earthquake reconstruction. He also contributed to organizational and policy development, while representing the ADPC in various regional and international fora relevant to DRM and related issues.

Before working with ADPC and UNDP, Mr. Kishore applied his architectural skills at India’s Action Research Unit for Development, where he worked on post disaster reconstruction and resettlement issues across different states of India.

Mr. Kishore, an Indian national, graduated in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, after which he pursued a Masters in Urban Planning, Land and Housing Development from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.


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