Mr. Gopal Mitra (India) is a Senior Social Affairs Officer in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-
General (SG). Mr. Mitra works on the coordinated implementation of the SG’s UN Disability Inclusion
Strategy. He leads the Disability Team which has been established under the SG’s Senior Adviser on
Policy, to work across the UN system for effective implementation of the Strategy across the UN
Pillars, in both programmes and operations.
Prior to his current appointment, he was part of UNICEF’s Disability Section for 7 years and led the
work in the areas of disability inclusive humanitarian action, accessibility and assistive technology. He
has supported UNICEF country offices in different regions to mainstream disability inclusion. He co-
chaired the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Task Team which developed the IASC Guidelines on
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Mr. Mitra has also held various posts at
the international NGO Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Mr. Mitra holds an MA in Social Work, specialising in Social Work Administration, from the Tata
Institute of Social Sciences in India, as well as an MSc in Development Management from the London
School of Economics (LSE) in United Kingdom.