Raja Karthikeya Gundu
Raja Karthikeya is a Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Secretariat in New York where he works on Middle-East peace issues and is part of UN reform efforts. He has served in UN political missions in Afghanistan and Iraq where his work has included mediation in inter-ethnic and inter-tribal land and water disputes, coalition government formation efforts, and transitional justice mechanisms.
A firm advocate of the principle of Equality of Opportunity, he started and supported various citizen-led initiatives to solve policy challenges. In a bid to raise awareness about climate change adaptation in India, in 2017-2018, he crossed the Arctic and Antarctic circles in under a year. In 2005, he was named one of the Indians of the year by a leading newsmagazine for his rescue work in the Andaman and Nicobar islands following the Asian tsunami. His research and policy publications have traversed nuclear disarmament and anti-terrorism. He is an alumnus of the Indian IT industry.