David Griggs is an adjunct Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University in Australia and an Honorary Professor at Warwick University in the UK. He has been the Director of the Warwick Institute for Global Sustainable Development, Monash Sustainability Institute and CEO of ClimateWorks Australia – an independent research-based non-profit organisation committed to catalysing greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Previous positions held include Met Office Deputy Chief Scientist, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change, and Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment unit. David was heavily involved in the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including representing the Science and Technology Major Group in the SDG negotiations at the UN.
David Griggs is a past vice-chair of the World Climate Research Programme, a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and a member of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was a member of the Climate Institute Strategic Council and Doctors for the Environment Australia Scientific Committee.
In 1992, he was awarded the World Meteorological Organization Vilho Vaisala award and a WME Leaders List Award in 2014 – awarded by Australia’s leading environment business magazine to honour individuals who have provided extraordinary environment leadership.
David Griggs is also the current President of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).