The World Meteorological Organization has appointed Ko Barrett as Deputy Secretary-General and Thomas Asare as Assistant Secretary-General, cementing a new Executive Management team under the leadership of Secretary-General Celeste Saulo.
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Ko Barrett is currently the senior advisor for climate at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is a former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Thomas Asare is Comptroller and Director, Division of Financial and Administrative Management at UNICEF.
Ko Barrett, WMO Deputy Secretary-General (left), with Thomas Asare, WMO Assistant Secretary-General.
“The new Executive Management of WMO will lead our organization as we fulfil our responsibilities to shape the narrative on climate action, to empower nations, and to create more sustainable pathways for the future,” said WMO Secretary-General Celeste Saulo.
“It is vital that WMO can deliver timely, actionable and authoritative scientific information to inform policy makers and to support society as we face up to humanity’s biggest challenge – the climate crisis,” she said.
“I am confident that the new Executive Management team combines the necessary expertise and experience to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the WMO Secretariat. The regional, professional and academic diversity of WMO’s leadership will ensure we deliver the best possible service to our 193 Member states and territories,” she said.