Akintomide Akinsanola, Co-Chair

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), USA

Dr Akinsanola is a Post-Doctoral Research Appointee in the Environmental Science Division of ANL. He utilizes varieties of climate models and observations to better understand climate dynamics, especially processes that impact tropical and mid-latitude precipitation. He has earlier worked at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria and University of Georgia, USA. He has extensively taught and conducted scientific research in the areas of tropical monsoon systems. Read more...


Rondrotiana Barimalala, Co-Chair (Member, CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel)

Norwegian Research Center, Bergen, Norway

Dr Barimalala is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Research Center, Bergen, Norway. Her research interests include climate variability, modeling and change; air-sea interaction and African climate. She is a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the IPCC, Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis. Read more...


Claudine Wenhaji Ndomeni

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

Dr Wenhaji Ndomeni is a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Laboratoire de météorologie dynamique (LMD) of CNRS. Her work consists of understanding the contribution of past anthropogenic emissions on Atlantic sector rainfall by means of moisture budget. She utilizes both climate models and observations to understand the physical processes by which aerosols and greenhouse gases, alone or in combination, influence rainfall change in the Atlantic sector, including a comparison of oceanic ITCZ and continental Sahel responses. She has previously worked at the Institut of Atmospheric Science and Climate (ISAC) of CNR, Italy. She has been interested in disentangling the different sources of East African rainfall variability and the associated mechanisms; sources in terms of the possible role of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean as well as the local soil moisture. Read more...


Mary Kilavi (Member, CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel)

Kenya Meteorological Department, Nairobi, Kenya

The key areas of Ms Kilavi's expertise include weather forecasting and climate prediction at sub-seasonal to seasonal time scales, climate characterisation (extremes and variability), forecast verification, statistical and dynamical climate downscaling and climate change modelling. In particular Ms Kilavi is a very prominent regional expert on sub-seasonal and seasonal variability in East Africa and in prediction of the Mar-May, Jun-Sept and Oct-Dec seasons. In addition Ms Kilavi has excellent experience with user engagement and coproduction of climate services, exemplified by her work with the National Drought Management Authority, Kenya, as well as (for flooding) the Nairobi Municipality (Ms Kilavi co-led this work with Red Cross in SHEAR-ForPAc project). Read more...


Benjamin Lamptey

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Ghana

Dr Lamptey is currently a Visiting Scientist at WASCAL. He is a Former Weather Forecaster at Ghana Meteorological Agency and Former Senior Lecturer at the Regional Maritime University, Accra, Ghana. He is an Atmospheric Modeler and has extensively contributed to research on African climate. He had also served as the Acting Director of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD), Niamey, Niger and as Cheney Fellow/Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, UK. Read more...


Mojisola Adeniyi

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr Adeniyi is Reader and Head of the Atmospheric Physics Research Unit and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes, Department of Physics at the University of Ibadan. She is a Senior Associate of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. As part of the ICTP Working Group, she had participated in the analysis of the late 21st century shift in the regional monsoons in RegCM-CORDEX simulations. She is interested in understanding the dynamics of changes in monsoon patterns, especially over Africa and the effect of the changes on the environment and humans. Read more...


Ismaila Diallo

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Dr Diallo is native of Dakar in Senegal and is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his M.S. degree in Meteorology and Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Science from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal. Dr Diallo has been involved in a variety of climate research activities over the past 12 years, particularly focusing on the use of observational datasets, remote sensing and numerical modeling approaches to study climate variability and change on broad timescales, as well as to advance the understanding on the role of land-atmosphere biophysical interactions processes in the climate system, with a special emphasis on monsoon systems and the mechanisms involved. Read more...


Ross Dixon

University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA

Dr Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. His research is focused on climate modeling, regional climate dynamics and projections of precipitation. His doctoral work looked at the representation of the Saharan heat low in CMIP simulations and its connection with precipitation biases. He did a postdoctoral position at CNRM (France) where he looked at the West African Monsoon in an idealized model to understand the sensitivity of changes in the monsoon to changes in forcings. Currently he is collaborating on CMIP6 projections of West African climate. Read more...


Aissatou Faye

University of Virginia, USA

Dr Faye is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Meteorology and Climate Science from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria under the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Reserach Programme and the Ingovermental Panel fo Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme. She is also a Women Climate Chnage Science Fellow of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Her research interests focus on climate change, climate variability, West African climate monsoon, extreme climate events, climate modeling, urban air pollution, high-resolution modeling of traffic pollution using both land-use regression techniques and chemical transport modeling. Read more...


Masilin Gudoshava

Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Kenya

Dr Gudoshava is a lead research scientist at ICPAC, which is a designated WMO Regional Climate Centre. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from North Carolina State University, USA. Her key research interests include climate prediction at sub-seasonal to seasonal timescales, statistical and dynamical climate downscaling, forecast verification, climate variability and climate change modelling. She is also an AIMS-NEI (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative) fellow for Women in Climate Change Science. Read more...


Neil Hart

University of Oxford, UK

Dr Hart is a Departmental Lecturer in Physical Geography and Career Development Fellow Member of the Climate Systems research cluster at the University of Oxford. His past research focused on the subtropical wave processes that give rise to tropical-extratropical cloud bands. His PhD research, completed at the University of Cape Town in 2012, investigated the role of tropical-extratropical cloud bands in southern African summer rainfall variability. His current research focuses on the role of these waves in facilitating monsoon onset over southern Africa. This is complemented by ongoing fieldwork over the Katanga Plateau where the southern African monsoon first starts. The above work includes research on drivers of interannual variability and future decline in early season rainfall over southern Africa. Read more...


Rachel James

University of Bristol, UK

Dr James is a Senior Lecturer at School of Geographical Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol. For her PhD work, she examined future climate model projections over African regions, including examining physical mechanisms of change. She had worked as a postdoctoral researcher on two Future Climate for Africa programmes: IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte), and UMFULA (Uncertainty reduction rn Models For Understanding deveLopment Applications). She is particularly interested in developing research to support adaptation to changing hydroclimate risk in Africa, and developing science to inform international climate change policy. Much of her work involves analysing processes and mechanisms of change, particularly in climate models. Read more...


Paul-Arthur Monerie

University of Reading/National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), UK

Dr Monerie is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at NCAS. He is an expert on effects of climate variability and change on the West African Monsoon. His work was one of the first to show that a robust response to climate change emerges over the Sahel, affecting both the mean July-September period and the seasonal cycle in precipitation. He aims at understanding uncertainty in effects of climate change on Sahel precipitation. Besides the effects of climate change, he works on seasonal to decadal variability and prediction of monsoon precipitation. He has worked earlier at CERFACS, France. Read more...


Shingirai Nangombe

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Dr. Nangombe is a senior researcher and climate modeler at CSIR focusing on climate modeling and climate services. Prior to this, he did his postdocs at the German Weather Services (DWD) and ETH-Zurich where he has worked on the detection and attribution of climate extremes over Southern Africa and the influence of the Antarctica stratospheric polar vortex influence on the South African climate. His research interests are atmospheric dynamics, climate modelling, attribution of climate extremes, and climate variability, all in the context of Southern Africa. He has worked earlier in Zimbabwe's Meteorological office for 10 years holding portfolios such as public and aviation weather forecaster, climate services expert, climate change officer, climate scientist and Numerical Weather Prediction Scientist. Read more...


Victor Ongoma

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco

Dr Ongoma is an Assistant Professor at the International Water Research Institute of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. A trained meteorologist with specialty in climatology and climate change, he worked for Kenya Meteorological Department as a weather forecaster prior to joining academia. His research focuses on climate variability and change, with interest in weather and climate extremes. He is lately working closely with various stakeholders in climate services to build capacity on climate change adaptation for sustainable development in Africa. Read more...


Izidine Pinto

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Pinto is a researcher at the University of Cape Town within the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG). He is a climatologist with a broad interest in regional climate responses to human activities in Africa. He focuses on climate modelling for short term weather forecasts and climate projections. His current research involves the development of regional climate change projections through the framework of distillation, downscaling and understanding the driving dynamics. A main interest is in modelling of extreme weather events, contributing to more accurate future projections, and ultimately to improve decision making at a city level. He is also the lead author of the IPCC AR6, WG1. Read more...


Wilfried Pokam Mba

University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon

Dr Pokam is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Higher Teacher Training College, University of Yaounde 1. His expertise covers water cycle components, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics. He focuses on these topics while investigating drivers of central African climate variability and change. In the framework of the IPCC AR6 for WG1, he has contributed to chapter 8 on water cycle, particularly on West African Monsoon. Read more...


Kénedy Silvério

Higher Polytechnic Institute of Songo, Mozambique

Dr Silvério is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Division and Junior Researcher at Higher Polytechnic Institute of Songo (ISPS). His research interests are climate variability (including its associated physical mechanisms) and its impacts on southern Africa monsoon from intraseasonal to multidecadal scales. He obtained his B.Sc. in Meteorology and M.Sc. in Climatology, from the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, a WMO Regional Training Center, and Ph.D. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Read more...


Alain Tamoffo Tchio

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

Dr Tamoffo is a postdoctoral research fellow within the program ClimapAfrica, at the Physics Department, KNUST. His research interest is numerical global and regional climate modeling. His research focuses on how models reproduce rainfall systems (rainfall variability and associated drivers such as atmospheric dynamics and land-atmosphere-ocean feedbacks, the convection and related factors). Also, he investigates how inter-linkages between rainfall and related physical processes will respond to global warming. He is a member of CORDEX-Africa team for Central Africa. Read more...


Appolinaire Vondou Derbetini

University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon

Dr Vondou Derbetini is a teacher/researcher at the University of Yaoundé 1. He holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics and is an active member of the CORDEX Central Africa team of LMI DYCOFAC (Laboratoire Mixte International “Dynamique des écosystèmes continentaux d'Afrique Centrale en contexte de changements globaux”). He contributes to the documentation of the climate of Central Africa through the study of cloud cover, climate change, climate and weather modeling and convection. Read more...


Caroline Wainwright

Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Wainwright is a Research Fellow in the Grantham Institute at Imperial College, London. Her research is focused on the local and remote drivers of variability and change of African climate across decadal and centennial timescales. She has developed a new methodology for analysing wet seasons, applicable at the continental scale, which was used to assess future projections of changing seasonality across Africa. She is also studying model representation of the Little Dry Season (West Africa), linkages of the recent decline in the East African long rains with changing seasonal timing, and changing precipitation seasonality over East Africa in convection-permitting models. Read more...