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Dr Unni Krishnan

Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Plan International Headquarters
Dr Unni Krishnan, Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Plan International

As Plan International’s Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Dr Krishnan leads a team of worldwide specialists to respond to international disasters, and ensure that communities in our field areas are the best prepared for emergency situations.

Dr Krishnan is Chairman of the board of the Sphere Project, a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim; to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations.

Dr Unni Krishnan qualified as a medical doctor at India’s Madras University before studying Humanitarian Action at the Central Medical University, Geneva, where he gained advanced training in humanitarian action and conflict management.
Dr Krishnan has since worked in the humanitarian sector for the last 20 years, in disaster and conflict situations such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, China, Haiti, Iran, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Turkey, Japan and the Horn of Africa.

Before joining Plan, Dr Krishnan worked with ActionAid, Oxfam and other humanitarian and health actors such as the People's Health Movement. He has served on governmental, inter-agency, academic and UN panels and as a guest faculty in several universities. He writes regularly on health and humanitarian issues.