Panelist for the High Level Segment (19 October 2017)

Dr. Wenjian Zhang , Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva.

Dr. Wenjian Zhang is currently the Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, with its headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland. He is, under the guidance and supervision of WMO Secretary-General, Professor Petteri Taalas, leading the supporting efforts for the global coordination and implementation of the following WMO Priorities: i.e. Disaster Risk Reduction and Weather Services; WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) including both space and surface components, WMO Information System (WIS), and WMO Polar and High Mountain Regions; WMO Regional development and activities including Capacity Development at WMO Regions.

Prior to this position, Dr. Zhang served as the Director of the Observing and Information Systems Department and the Director of WMO Space Programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) from 2008-2016; Deputy Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) from 2006-2008; Director-General of Observing and Information Systems Department of CMA (2004-2006); Director-General (1998-2004) of National Satellite Meteorological Center of China (CMA).

He majored in satellite meteorology, 1986, and obtained his degree in Master of Science (MSc) from the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences in 1989, and a doctorate degree (PhD) from Peking University in 1993.