Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network (ADRRN), Chair

Manu Gupta is a humanitarian worker, co-founder and executive director of SEEDS, a non-profit organization working in risk reduction and post-disaster response and recovery in Asia. In his 20 + years of experience, he has led response programs following major emergencies in the region – the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and a range of humanitarian situations including slow onset disasters, major catastrophic events, climate change impacts to technological hazards. SEEDS was awarded “Indian of the Year” in public service by CNN-IBN, in the year 2010. He is passionate about enabling communities to actively participate and lead efforts in strengthening their own resilience

Manu Gupta holds a Doctorate degree in community based disaster management. He completed his Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelors degree in Physical Planning. He has written several research papers and strongly believes in spirituality as a basis for good humanitarianism. He is married with two growing kids.

Manu Gupta serves on the boards of nine global and regional organizations. He is the current Chair of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, an active network of national NGOs from over 18 countries in Asia. He is part of the Leadership Council of NEAR, a newly formed global network of southern NGOs. He is the Global Steering Committee member for UN-ISDR on the Resilient Cities Campaign.  At the national level, Manu Gupta  is the co-founder of the Alliance for Adaption & Disaster Risk Reduction, the Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative in India, and others. He serves on various national committees of the Government of India.