Mukesh Kapila CBE to give lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University

22 January 2016

Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE

Professor Mukesh Kapila CBE

International aid diplomat and health expert Mukesh Kapila CBE will deliver a public lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Monday, January 25.

Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, Mukesh Kapila has extensive experience in the policy and practice of international development, humanitarian affairs, human rights and diplomacy. He has particular expertise in tackling crimes against humanity, disaster and conflict management, and in global public health.

Professor Valerie Webster, GCU Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Student Experience, said: “We are delighted to welcome to the University someone who has worked so tirelessly to advance human rights and global health, and to promote world peace.

“As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to improving communities and delivering social benefit, through education, research and innovation, and I’m sure Professor Kapila will inspire our students to be that change throughout the world.”

A veteran of humanitarian crises and ethnic cleansing in Iraq, Rwanda, Srebrenica, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, Professor Kapila is credited with bringing worldwide attention to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. He has experience in over 130 countries serving in senior positions in the British government and at the United Nations, World Health Organization and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

In 2007, he received the Global Citizenship Award from the Institute for Global Leadership. He was presented with the ‘I Witness’ award for his work on human rights in 2013, the same year his memoir Against a Tide of Evil was published.

Born in India, and a citizen of the United Kingdom, Professor Kapila’s earliest career was in clinical medicine, primary health care, and public health with the NHS, and he was instrumental in setting up the UK’s first national HIV and AIDS programme at the Health Education Authority.

He is the Aegis Trust special representative on crimes against humanity, and sits on the board of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international unarmed, paid, civilian protection force. He is also a Special Adviser for the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit.

The lecture, held in partnership with Interfaith Scotland, is part of a series of events around Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on January 27 each year to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Director of Interfaith Scotland Dr Maureen Sier said: “The theme of Holocaust Memorial 2016 is ‘don’t stand by’ and it is very rarely we get an opportunity to meet someone who had the courage to face evil and injustice.

“It will be such a privilege to be able to meet Professor Kapila and learn first-hand what it takes to stand up to terror and work towards a world where peace might just be possible.”

‘Against a Tide of Evil: Why does ‘never again’ happen again and again?’ will take place at GCU on Monday, January 25 at 5.30pm.

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