Dr Anantha Kumar Duraiappah

Inaugural Director

Anantha Duraiappah took the position as Inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. A science-policy pacesetter, with over 33 years’ experience, he now plays a key role in positioning UNESCO MGIEP as a leading research institute on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.

Prof. Anantha Duraiappah is the Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) in Bonn, Germany. He is an experienced environmental-development economist whose work largely focuses on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. Prof. Duraiappah received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA and currently holds a visiting professorship at Beijing Normal University, China in coupled systems modelling. He has published books on environmental and developmental issues as well as numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, and is presently an associate editor for "The Journal of Human Development and Capacity". In his previous post as Chief of the Ecosystem Services and Economics Unit of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Prof. Duraiappah was involved in the initiation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and has since then played a pivotal role in its approval process. He initiated the Inclusive Wealth Report and continues to successfully incorporate his expertise in fields related to the Green Economy, science-policy interaction, economics, development and ecosystem services into his work at IHDP.


GESS Talks Arena

26 February 2019 | 11:40 - 12:00 | English | Keynote: Education: Predators to Nurturers

A 2015 global survey among young people found two key results that education for peace, sustainable development, human rights had limited impact on actual mind-set change but individuals are by nature were empathetic. We need to train the brain to tease out empathy neurons to motivate behavioural change and we call it  “FIRING THE GANDHI NEURONS”. A whole brain approach to learning that builds not only intellectual intelligence but also emotional intelligence is required to be adopted by education systems.