The Secretariat

The Secretariat

The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, is headed by the Secretary-General. The Executive Office comprises the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General of WMO is appointed by the World Meteorological Congress for a four-year term with a maximum tenure of 8 years. The Secretary-General is responsible for the overall technical and administrative work of the Secretariat. He manages his role by delegating substantive authority to the Deputy Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General. The Secretary-General has the responsibility to appoint all Secretariat staff, including the Deputy Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General, in accordance with regulations established by Congress, and with the approval of the Executive Council.

The Executive Office comprises the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General.

Board of Directors

In June 2019, the World Meteorological Congress approved a reform of the WMO governance and a vision for 2030 as well as other changes that called for an overhaul of the structure of the Secretariat. One of the most important changes implemented thus far is the creation of a Board of Directors. The Board, composed of senior Directors, meets once a month to discuss overall progress towards achieving departmental targets and overall organizational objectives and goals. The senior management team of Directors signs annual compacts (accountability documents) to ensure delivery on the Organization's high-level objectives.

 

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Secretary-General

Petteri Taalas

Petteri Taalas has been the Secretary-General of WMO since 1 January 2016. He was appointed by the World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for a first four-year term. He is now serving his second four-year term (Jan 2020-Dec 2023).

Deputy Secretary-General

Elena Manaenkova

Elena Manaenkova has been serving as Deputy Secretary-General since 2016. Previously to being appointed, she had served as Assistant Secretary-General at WMO since 2010 and before that as Director of Cabinet of the Secretary-General and External Relations Department from 2006.

Assistant Secretary-General

Wenjian Zhang

Wenjian Zhang has served as Assistant Secretary-General since 2106. Previous to that Mr Zhang was the Director of the WMO Observing and Information Systems Department and the WMO Space Programme.

Director, Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General

Paul Egerton

Paul Egerton is the Director of the Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General, which includes Executive Management; Strategic Communications, External Relations, Protocol and Registry Unit; Monitoring Evaluation, Risk Performance Unit; Budget Unit; Controller Office; UN Affairs Office, EU Affairs Office. The Head of the Secretariat of the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative also reports to the Director of the Cabinet.

Director, Governance Services

Maja Carrieri

Maja Carrieri (née Drazenovic) is the Director of Governance Services, a department which includes the Linguistic Services and Publishing Branch, the Conference Unit, Building Services and Management Unit and Administrative Services.

Director, Science & Innovation, and WMO Chief Scientist

Jürg Luterbacher

Jürg Luterbacher has been the Director of Science and Innovation since January 2020. Professor Luterbacher brings strong leadership skills for the development of efficient collaboration between operational communities and research, cross-cutting and interdisciplinary science, in fostering teamwork between institutions in developing and developed countries. He has demonstrated effectiveness in cooperating with policy-makers and stakeholders.

Director, Member Services & Development

Mary Power

Ms Power started at WMO in 2008 as the Director for Resource Mobilization and Development Partners, then became the Director for Development and Regional Activities in 2016.  Since coming to WMO,  Ms Power has broadened her scope and experience geographically, politically and thematically from well beyond the Asia-Pacific region.

Director, Infrastructure

Anthony Rea

Anthony Rea has been the Director of Infrastructure since November 2019. A strong leader with a management background, he brings decades of experience in observations and data and in fostering collaboration at the international and national level to WMO.

Acting Director, Services Department

Maxx Dilley

Maxx Dilley is the Acting Director of the Services Department, Director of the Climate Programme and the Climate Coordinator.

Structure of the Secretariat

The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General, who appoints all Secretariat staff, including the Deputy Secretary-General and the Assistant Secretary-General, in accordance with regulations established by Congress, and with the approval of the Executive Council.