Ms Elena Manaenkova has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General and Mr Wenjian Zhang Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. The appointments were approved by the Executive Council.
Ms Manaenkova has been WMO Assistant Secretary-General since June 2010 and has spearheaded WMO’s drive for gender equality and empowerment of women. The Geneva Environment Network earlier this year selected her as one of 20 “inspirational” women working for the environment.
Ms Manaenkova was Director of the Cabinet and External Relations Department from March 2006. She joined WMO in January 2003 as Director of the Atmospheric Research and Environment Department. Prior to that, she worked at the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.
She is a geographer with a specialization in hydrology and meteorology. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1986 and holds a Doctorate in physics and mathematics from the Hydrometeorological Centre of Russia (1993) with a specialization in meteorology, climatology, satellite meteorology and remote sensing from satellites.
Mr Zhang has been the Director of WMO’s Observing and Information Systems Department and of the WMO Space Programme. He leads the supporting efforts for the coordination and implementation of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) including both space and surface components, WMO Information System (WIS), Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), and WMO’s polar and high mountain activities.
Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) from 2006-2008; Director-General of Observing and Information Systems Department of CMA (2004-2006); Director-General (1998-2004) of National Satellite Meteorological Center of China (CMA).
He majored in satellite meteorology, and obtained his Masters of Science (MSc) from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences in 1989, and a Doctorate from Peking University in 1993.
Ms Manaenkova and Mr Zhang will take up their responsibilities on 1 September in support of WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, who assumed office in January 2016.