Muralee Thummarukudy

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Muralee Thummarukudy
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Chief Disaster Risk Reduction at United Nations Environment Programme
Assumed office
September 2009
Personal details
Born (1964-08-10) 10 August 1964 (age 58)
Vengola, Kochi, Kerala
  • Raman Nair (father)
  • Kamalakshi Amma (mother)
EducationPhD in Engineering
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Mar Athanasius College of Engineering
OccupationDisaster Management Expert
CommitteesMember, Emergency Preparedness & Response, IAEA Safety Standards Committee and Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Natural Resources and Development of Technical University of Cologne
WebsiteOfficial Website, Website, Blog

Muralee Thummarukudy (born 10 August 1964) is the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction in the UN Environment Programme. An internationally renowned expert in disaster response, Muralee has been involved in post-disaster response and follow-up of almost all major disasters of the twenty-first century, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Cyclone Nargis (Myanmar, 2008), Sichuan Earthquake (China, 2008), Haiti Earthquake (2010),[1] Tohoku tsunami (2011) and floods in Thailand (2011). He has completed assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza Strip, Liberia, Sudan and Rwanda dealing with the environmental impacts of conflicts. Also deployed to China, Japan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Haiti, and Thailand to deal with Disasters. He is a native of Vengola in Ernakulam district of the Kerala State in India.[2]

Alma Mater[edit]

Before joining the United Nations, Muralee was an Environmental Advisor to the oil companies of Shell Group in South East Asia and Middle-East. He responded to numerous oil spills and oil well fires during this period. He obtained his B.Tech degree from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam in Kerala in 1986. He obtained his M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1988. He received his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1993. He has published several books and writes articles in leading Malayalam dailies occasionally. Muralee is a winner of Kerala Sahitya Academi awards 2018 for humorous literature.[3]

Muralee Thummarukudy wrote a facebook post in Malayalam on terrorism which was published in various Malayalam dailies.[4]


  • Veendum Chila Naattukaaryangal[5][6]
  • Kazchappadukal
  • Surakshayude padangal [7]
  • Perumazha Pakarnna Padangal
  • Budhanum Shankaranum Pinne Njanum

Awards and honors[edit]


  2. ^ a b "ജില്ലയ്ക്ക് അഭിമാനമായി പൂയപ്പിള്ളി, സി ആർ, തുമ്മാരുകുടി". Deshabhimani (in Malayalam). Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Sahitya Academy". Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ Muralee Thummarukudy on terrorism
  5. ^ "What's inside – Malayalam books". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Veendum Chila Naattukaryangal @ INDULEKHA | Kerala's No.1 Online Bookstore". Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Murali Thummarukudi – Mathrubhumi Books". Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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