Dr. Manu Gupta is the co-founder of SEEDS. His 25 years of experience in the sector covers national and regional advocacy; mobilisation of community-led efforts in recovery and risk reduction; climate change adaptation; emerging issues within the sector. He has worked with a wide spectrum of communities across Asia.
Manu holds degrees in Physical Planning and Urban Planning, and a doctorate in community-based disaster management.
Manu sits on the boards of nine global and regional organisations, including the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, an active network of NGOs from over 20 countries in Asia. He is part of the Leadership Council of NEAR and on the Global Steering Committee for UNISDR on the making Cities Resilient campaign.
At the national level, Manu is co-founder of the Alliance for Adoption & Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Owner Driven Reconstruction Collaborative in India. He serves on various national committees of the Government of India.
Manu has been at the forefront of championing and advocating for citizen–led initiatives; building the basis for greater accountability through partnerships between governments and civil society.