Scientific Officer

Maureen Wanzala is a meteorologist and climate scientist with experience in climate modelling and forecasting, research, and development of climate information services. Prior to joining the WCRP secretariat, Maureen was a forecast and modelling advisor at the Welthungerhilfe in Bonn where she was focused on coordinating the technical teams in developing multi hazard risk forecasting models and tools to provide quantitative scientific evidence for anticipatory humanitarian decisions across the globe. Earlier to that, she worked as a Meteorologist and Climate Scientist at the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome supporting research and analysis of natural hazards and contributing to early warnings for emergency preparedness and response. Maureen also previously worked as a research associate at the regional climate centre - ICPAC and collaborated with partners such as the UK Met Office, IRI, ECMWF, Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) & other UN agencies, raising awareness and communicating climate information through value chains to inform adaptation measures and disaster risk reduction to improve livelihoods in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

At the WCRP Secretariat, Maureen’s responsibilities will include supporting two of WCRP’s Core Projects ESMO and RIfS as well as the EPESC and Digital Earths Lighthouse Activities.

Maureen holds a PhD in Environmental Science from University of Reading, United Kingdom, a Masters of Science degree in Meteorology and Climate Science, and a Bachelors in Meteorology from University of Nairobi, Kenya. In her spare time Maureen enjoys reading, working out at the Gym, and other outdoor activities such as running, hiking and road trips as well as meeting new people, whilst doubling up mum to her fast growing daughter.

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