In Conversation with 7 Women on Gender Equality in the Global Weather Enterprise

Seven women discuss their work and life experiences in meteorology and related fields. They review the progress or lack thereof made during the past three decades in efforts to create gender balance and equality in the global weather enterprise – how far have we come? How far do we still have to go?

As many people know, much effort has been made over the past 30 years to bring gender balance to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM as it is called, by various intergovernmental, public, private and academic institutions. While gains have been made in this direction in the fields of meteorology and hydrology, there is still much more work to be done before we can claim gender parity in terms of the full participation of women at all levels and particularly in leadership positions in these fields.

The roundtable brought together 7 women with long and varied experience in working in meteorology and related fields with diverse backgrounds of national meteorological and hydrological services, private sector, the United Nations system, development, research, academia, and media:

  • Anna-Maria Bogdanova is Disaster Risk Management Specialist in the Global Hydromet Program led by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank
  • Boram Lee is senior consultant to the Hydromet Program of the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
  • Claire Martin Morehen is a qualified meteorologist, TV broadcaster-host, public speaker and office manager-director with 3 decades of work experience ranging from official weather observing and forecasting, to television broadcasting and managing a TV production company
  • Haleh Kootval joined the World Bank as a senior consulting specialist in meteorology and service delivery in April 2017
  • Hanneke Schuurmans, MSc, PhD, is Leading Professional Climate Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV. Hanneke is responsible for the development of scalable digital services that enable industries and governments to become more resilient towards climate related disruption
  • Maria A. Pirone is Business Development and Capture Director for Civil Space, National Security and Space Sector, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Shiromani Priyanthika Jayawardena is Director of Meteorology (Forecasting and Decision Support), Department of Meteorology, Sri Lanka

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