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Michel Jarraud

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Mr Michel Jarraud is Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) since January 1st, 2004. WMO is the United Nations’ specialized agency and authoritative voice on weather, climate and water ( WMO coordinates the activities of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 187 Members.

Before joining WMO as Deputy Secretary-General in January 1995, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He was appointed Deputy Director of the Centre in 1991 having been Director of the Operational Department since 1990. From September 1978 to December 1985, he was a researcher in numerical weather prediction at the ECMWF. Mr Jarraud started his career with Météo-France, as a researcher (September 1976 - August 1978). He joined the French National Meteorological Service again in January 1986 as Director of the Weather Forecasting Department, until December 1989.

Mr Jarraud is a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society (USA), the Société Météorologique de France, the Royal Meteorological Society (United Kingdom), the African Meteorological Society and of Chinese Meteorological Society. He was also awarded a First Class Distinction (highest grade) by the Civil Defence of Venezuela, in recognition of services in relation to natural disasters, which affected the country in 1999.

Mr Jarraud is fluent in French and English and also speaks German. He was born in 1952 in Châtillon-sur-Indre, France. He is married and is the father of two children.

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