Committee on Meetings members


Renate Hagedorn, Product Design and Customer Relations Division, Deutscher Wetterdienst.
Committee member since 2013

Renate Hagedorn gained her Ph.D. at the Institute for Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany. After 10 years at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, working on diagnostics and applications related to ECMWF’s Ensemble Prediction Systems, she joined the German National Meteorological Service (DWD). Her main area of responsibility is to foster the dialogue between developers and users of meteorological products and services, especially in the area of renewable energy applications, civil protection and early warning systems.



Sylvain Joffre, retired since January 2016 from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, where he acted as Head of the Meteorological Research Dept. (since 2008), and as Research professor since 1994.
Committee member since 2008; since 2014 he chairs the CoM.

Sylvain Joffre graduated in Physics from Paris University and received his PhD on boundary Layer dynamics from the Univ. of Helsinki in 1981. He has worked at the Finnish Institute of Marine Research, and for the European Commission (DG-Environment). He was also Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki.

He served on various international committees (COST, HIRLAM, EUMETSAT).

Haleh Kootval, Consulting specialist in meteorology and service delivery at the World Bank
Committee member since 2018

Haleh Koovtal joined the World Bank as a consulting specialist in meteorology and service delivery in April 2017. Prior to that Haleh worked in WMO as the Chief of the Public Weather Services (PWS) Programme, which she set up and developed since 1994. In her current capacity at the Bank, Haleh is responsible to provide guidance and assistance in the development of the hydromet modernization programmes and projects of the Bank. While in WMO, she was responsible for guiding WMO Members on the improvement and functioning of their national PWS Programmes, for delivering fit-for-purpose weather and related services to users. Haleh is a physics graduate of the Imperial College of London University, and completed her post graduate studies in geophysics, before turning to studying meteorology. Prior to joining WMO, Haleh served as the Head of the Brunei Meteorological Service and the Permanent Representative of Brunei with WMO, and served on the WMO Executive Council. A main focus of her work at recent times has been promoting impact-based forecast and warning services.


Gert-Jan Steeneveld, Assistant Professor at Wageningen University.
Committee member since 2014

Gert-Jan graduated for his PhD in 2007 on the understanding and forecasting of stable atmospheric boundary layers over land. Currently, Gert-Jan is assistant professor at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). His research focuses on unravelling fog physics, WRF-mesoscale modelling, and urban meteorology, amongst others via crowdsourcing of meteorological data.
Since 2008, he is board member of the Dutch Meteorological Society. He received the EMS Young Scientist Award in 2013, and convenes the session on Formulation, validation and parameterization of small-scale processes in atmospheric modelling at the EMS Annual meetings.


Saskia Willemse MeteoSwiss (Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology),Switzerland
Committee member since 2014

Saskia graduated from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich
Earlier positions were at the National Agency for the Environemnt (BAFU), ETH, the HR unit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.



Martina Junge is the Executive Secretary of the EMS
Committee member since it was re-established in 2008.