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Leila Carvalho, Co-Chair

University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA

Dr Carvalho is a Professor of Meteorology and Climatology in the Department of Geography and Researcher at the Earth Research Institute, UCSB. She has a B.S., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests are in regional and large-scale climate variability and modeling, global climate change and scaling processes in geophysics. These topics include (but are not limited to) climate variation and change in monsoon regions, tropical-extratropical interactions, extreme precipitation and temperature, and regional modeling. Read more...


Suryachandra Rao Anguluri, Co-Chair

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India

Dr Suryachandra A. Rao is a senior scientist at IITM, and leads the "Monsoon Mission" program of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, which involves researchers from across the world to work on operational dynamical models in India. He also leads the high-performance computing program of MoES. His research interests include dynamical model developments and diagnosis for improved Indian monsoon simulation and prediction. Climate applications is one of the areas he is actively pursuing in recent times by employing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) techniques. Dr Rao had earlier worked at the Frontier Research System for Global Change, Tokyo, Japan, from 1999 to 2007. Read more...


Rondrotiana Barimalala

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...


Mary Kayano

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (National Institute for Space Research), São José dos Campos, Brazil

Dr Mary Kayano is a senior researcher at the Center for Weather Prediction and Climate Studies/National Institute for Space Research, Brazil. She also collaborates with two post-graduate programs, the first in Meteorology at the Space Research Institute, and the second, in Climate and Environment at the University of the Amazonas State, Brazil. In the second program, she had acted as an invited co-advisor through a close partnership with researchers of that university. Most of her studies during the last 10-15 years refer to the relations of the multidecadal climate variability and the South American interannual climate variability, including the South American monsoon. Read more...


Mary Kilavi

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...


Pankaj Kumar

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal), India

Dr Pankaj Kumar is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, IISER Bhopal, and is also the Group Leader for the Climate and Glacier Modeling Lab there. He has been working on South Asia climate focusing monsoon variability and change since the last two decades, including with a high-resolution coupled regional atmosphere-ocean model over CORDEX South Asia region to address extremes. He has also been studying the effect of climate change on seasonal monsoon over South Asia. He is closely engaged with climate services development and is actively involved in capacity development. Read more...


Gill Martin

Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK

Dr Martin is the Scientific Manager of the Water Cycle Processes and Feedbacks group, aiming to understand and improve the representation of hydrological cycle processes in models across all timescales. Her areas of expertise include climate model development and evaluation, representation of Asian summer monsoon in general circulation models, influence of vertical and horizontal resolution in models, sensitivity of modelled climate processes and phenomena to physical parametrizations and stratocumulus and cumulus cloud microphysics. Read more...


Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Kigali, Rwanda

Dr Sylla is the AIMS-Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Science based in Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to this, he was the senior scientist in climate modeling and climate change at WASCAL Competence Center, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and also served as head of climate change and climate variability research cluster, acting coordinator of observation networks and acting director of research, at different periods of time. Dr. Sylla completed a postdoc at the ICTP, Trieste, Italy and had been a research scholar and part-time lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His research interests focus on regional climate modeling, anthropogenic climate change, climate change impacts, extremes, hazards and monsoon dynamics. Read more...


Renguang Wu

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Dr. Wu obtained his PhD degree in meteorology from the University of Hawaii in 1999. He worked as a Research Scientist in Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies and as a professor in Chinese University of Hong Kong and in the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is a professor in Zhejiang University of China. His research includes ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate variability. Read more...


Annalisa Cherchi

National Research Council, Institute of the Atmospheric Science and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Italy

Dr Cherchi, senior scientist at ISAC-CNR since April 2020, got her PhD in Geophysics at Bologna University (2004). She has experience in studies of climate variability and climate change with specific focus on the tropics and the monsoons, and related teleconnections. More recently, she has been involved in studies of the Arctic climate and its influence on mid-latitudes. She has contributed to the IPCC AR6 report as Lead Author of Chapter 8 on “Water cycle changes” and to the Technical Summary, the Summary of Policymakers. Previously, at Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) Foundation, she had led EU projects like CLARIS-LPB, INDO-MARECLIM and Blue-Action, and was in charge of the Earth System Modelling activities (2015-2019). Read more...


Shabeh ul Hasson

Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg, Germany

Dr Hasson is currently serving as an Interim Professor for Terrestrial Remote Sensing at the Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg. Since 2019, he is also serving as a postdoc in the A4-theme “African Asian Monsoon Margins” of the cluster of excellence project CLICCS. His research focuses on assessing and improving the fidelity of South Asian summer monsoon as simulated by global to kilometer scale models and understanding the impact of climate change on the mean and extreme states of the hydrological cycle particularly over the monsoon margin regions, High Asia and its dependent major river basins. He has a multidisciplinary educational and professional background holding an M.Sc. in the field of geoinformatics from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Earlier, he served the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan. Read more...


Salvatore Pascale

University of Bologna, Italy

Dr Pascale is Junior Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Bologna. He is also Junior Assistant Professor of Climate Dynamics and Climate Change at the Bologna Business School. His research activity focuses on understanding the impact of climate change and variability on weather and climate extreme events, with a particular emphasis on climate dynamics, monsoons and mediterranean climates. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Ph.D. in Meteorology awarded by the University of Reading, UK. Before joining the University of Bologna and the Bologna Business School, he was research fellow at the Hamburg University, Germany (2011-2014), the California Institute of Technology (2015-2017), associate research scholar at Princeton University and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (2017-2019) and research scientist at Stanford University (2019-2021). Read more...


Ajaya Mohan Ravindran

New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr Ravindran is a senior scientist at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research interests include climate variability at sub-seasonal to seasonal time scales, the role of synoptic-scale systems and their variability, representation of south Asian summer monsoon in climate models, vagaries of monsoon in a changing climate. He holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and has worked in various leading research centres. Read more...


Thea Turkington

Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), Singapore

Dr Turkington is the Head of the Subseasonal and Seasonal Prediction Section at CCRS, with a background in both weather and climate timescales. She worked as a weather forecaster in New Zealand, before shifting her focus to climate. In 2016 she obtained her PhD from the University of Twente, Netherlands, on the topic of climate change and natural hazards. Her current research work includes working with users to develop subseasonal and seasonal predictions for Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as the underlying research in understanding the effects and impacts of weather and climate processes. Read more...