Professor Pavel Kabat is the Chief Scientist and Research Director of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He leads the overall strategic direction of WMO science and its underlying research activities, including the World Climate Research Programme, the World Weather Research Programme, and WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch. He is Professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Founding Chair and Director of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region, member of the Leadership Council for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Co-Founder of the high-level Alpbach-Laxenburg Group.
Professor Kabat was previously Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent, international science and science-to-policy institute. His research career spans almost 30 years and has covered many aspects of Earth system science and global change, with a specific focus on land-atmosphere interactions, climate hydrology, the water cycle, and water resources. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions to science, including the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class, and the Order of the Netherlands Lion.