Ravi Shankar leads the WHO GIS Center in the Data, Analytics, and Impact for Delivery unit of the World Health Organization after serving for many years as the GIS Technical Office of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Previously, he was involved in the Ebola response where he played a key role in the creation of a Global Mapping platform for WHO to portray the situational update of the outbreak.
Before joining WHO, as an GIS Analyst in UNOSAT, he was involved in Emergency Response mapping, situational awareness, capacity building and training. He also designed a Master's level Course on GIS for the Disaster Management Degree Programme in Copenhagen University. The Haiti earthquake, the Thailand floods, the Syrian crisis, and the Libyan war are a few of the projects he worked on during his career. He started his career as an architect and urban planner involved in the creation of the master plan of Libya and Port Blair.