Mr. Michel Jarraud is Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) since January 1st, 2004. WMO is a United Nations’ specialized agency and the authoritative voice on weather, climate and water (www.wmo.int). WMO also coordinates the activities of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 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 June 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 - May 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 scientist and a meteorologist with degrees from the prestigious French Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole de la Météorologie Nationale. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (USA), a member of the Société Météorologique de France, the Royal Meteorological Society (United Kingdom), the African Meteorological Society as well as an Honorary Member of the Chinese Meteorological Society and the Cuban Meteorological Society.
Mr. Jarraud is fluent in French and English. He was born in 1952 in Châtillon-sur-Indre, France. He is married and is the father of two children.