Dr. Fatima Denton, PhD
Director, United Nations University

Dr. Fatima Denton, PhD

Fatima Denton is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. Dr. Denton supports African countries through research, capacity building and policy advice vis a vis knowledge goods to sustainably manage Africa’s natural resources for growth and transformation.Prior to her joining the UNU, Dr. Denton worked as the Director of Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resource Management and as Coordinator for the African Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa based in Ethiopia.

Alex Simalabwi
GWPSA Executive Secretary

Alex Simalabwi

Alex Simalabwi has over 20 years’ experience in international development is the current Executive Secretary (CEO) of the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and GWP’s Global Head for climate resilience. He is also the Head of GWP Africa Coordination Unit. As CEO of GWPSA, he reports to an Executive Board Chaired by His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, and leads staff management, develops board corporate procedures and policies.

Erik W. Kolstad, PhD
Researcher, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

Erik W. Kolstad, PhD

Erik is a climate researcher based at NORCE and the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway. His background is in mathematics and meteorology, and in recent years his research has been focused on subseasonal and seasonal forecasting. He currently leads the CONFER EU Horizon 2020 project, which is funded under the same call as FOCUS-Africa.

Willem A. Landman
Professor, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Willem A. Landman

Professor Landman has worked as a meteorologist for more than three decades. He served as a Chief Scientist at the South African Weather Service, and as a Chief Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, before he was appointed as Professor in Meteorology at the University of Pretoria. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in meteorology, and supervises MSc and PhD students on weather and climate modelling topics. His work focuses on the development and testing of prediction systems for subseasonal-to-seasonal and seasonal-to-interannual time scales.   He has a B-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa, which has recognised him as been central to the development of operational seasonal forecasting in South Africa. His work has impacted on specific applications of seasonal forecasting such as hydrology, agriculture and health in southern Africa. He is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, which is part of the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York, USA.

Michael Bliss Singer, PhD, PH
Deputy Director, Cardiff University Water Research Institute

Michael Bliss Singer, PhD, PH

Dr. Singer is Deputy Director of the Water Research Institute and Reader in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Cardiff University, as well as a Researcher in the Earth Research Institute at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He received his PhD in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB in 2003. He is a Certified Professional Hydrologist American Institute of Hydrology.

Ana Heureux, PhD
Climate Risks and Natural Resources Specialist, FAO

Ana Heureux, PhD

Ana is a Climate Risks and Natural Resources Specialist in the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment of the Food and Agricultural Organization. Ana’s work is focused on the use of agrometeorological information to inform project development and to support decision making at all levels. Ana’s team within FAO also supports countries to strengthen the provision of climate services for farmers and agricultural end-users. Ana has a PhD in Earth System Science from the University of Oxford and a background in geology and biology. Prior to working at FAO, Ana was a postdoctoral research specialist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Hilo, Hawaii.

Lars Frederiksen
Specialist & Project Manager, COWI

Lars Frederiksen

Lars Frederiksen works as a Specialist and Project Manager at COWI’s Urban Water and Climate Adaptation division. He specialises in modelling, GIS, flood risk mapping, climate adaptation and wastewater planning. Prior to this, he participated in COWI Accelerator, a global fast track for top talent boosting leadership and business mindset. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology from the University of Southern Denmark.

Samantha Burgess, PhD
Deputy Director of C3S

Samantha Burgess, PhD

Dr. Burgess is a senior scientist and the Deputy Director of Copernicus Climate Change Service. Dr. Burgess has an extensive background in climate, ocean & environmental sciences, and managing technical & strategic change. Dr. Burgess is future orientated, with a focus on climate and ocean risk, environmental governance and international policy with an ability to successfully communicate science & policy issues to a wide range of audiences.

Bruce Hewitson, PhD
SARCHI Research Chair in Climate Change

Bruce Hewitson, PhD

Dr. Bruce Hewitson is the National Research Chair on Climate Change at the University of Cape Town. He has focused his career on exploring regional climate variability and change in Africa and is an expert in regional climate change, climate modelling, downscaling and climate change scenarios. Dr. Hewitson grew the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at UCT and it is now one of the largest research groups in Africa focusing on climate change. He holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Filipe Lucio
Director, Global Framework for Climate Services, WMO

Filipe Lucio

Filipe Domingos Freires Lúcio is Director of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Office at the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) since January 2014. He joined WMO in 2007 as a Senior Scientific Officer in the disaster risk reduction programme. Prior to this, he was the Director of the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique. He has recently contributed to the development of Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Agenda for Africa initiative that promotes climate research in Africa.

Dr. Detlef Stammer
Director, Center für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit - CEN

Dr. Detlef Stammer

Prof. Detlef Stammer, physical oceanographer and climate scientist, is Professor, Head of Remote Sensing and Assimilation and Director of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has been the head of the new Cluster of Excellence for Climate Research (CLICCS) at the University of Hamburg and since 2019, he is also head of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) which is one of the world’s leading initiatives in global climate research.