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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.
Jürg Luterbacher has been the Director of Science and Innovation since January 2020 and the WMO Chief Scientist since May 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.
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.
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.
E. Manaenkova (Chair) S. Castonguay (Secretary) P. Egerton (Policy) M. Power (Member Services) Y. Adebayo (Education and Training) A. Rea (Infrastructure) M. Dilley (Climate) J. Stander (Services) J. Luterbacher (Science...
Tropical cyclones are one of the biggest threats to life and property even in the formative stages of their development. They include a number of different hazards that can individually cause significant impacts on life and property, such as storm surge, flooding, extreme winds, tornadoes and lighting. Combined, these hazards interact with one another and substantially increase the potential for loss of life and material damage.
Natural hazards are severe and extreme weather and climate events that occur in all parts of the world, although some regions are more vulnerable to certain hazards than others. Natural hazards become disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are destroyed.