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Таалас Петтери
Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Biography
Professor Taalas was elected in May 2015 as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for a mandate running from 2016 to 2019. He was born in 1961 in Helsinki, Finland. He holds a PhD in Meteorology (Helsinki University, Physics department 1993, Univ. of Eastern Finland: meteorology, physics, physical chemistry and international development)



Before joining WMO he was the Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute 2002-2005, 2007-2015 (National weather, climate and marine Institute).

He has also held positions in International development and scientific fields:



Director of Development and Regional Activities Department of WMO, Geneva 2005-2007

Research professor on Remote Sensing/FMI 2000-2002

Senior scientist/scientist at the FMI 1986-1999



He is also a Member of various international activities:



• Member of WMO Executive Council 2008-2015

• Chairman of EUMETSAT Council 2010-2014 (European Meteorological Satellite Organization)

• Chairman of EUMETNET Council 2003-2005

(EUMETNET is a network of 31 European National Meteorological Services based in Brussels),

Member of ECMWF Council 2002-5, 2007-2015,

(The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by most of the nations of Europe and is based at Shinfield Park, Reading, UK)

• Principal Delegate of Finland to IPCC 2007-15 (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

• Member of American Meteorological Society 2007-2014

• Honorary Doctor, Teri University, India (2016)

• Honorary Member 2015, China Meteorological Association

• Chairman of the Board of University of Eastern Finland (2009-2015)

• Member Board of Directors of Fortum Energy Company (2013-2015)