Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli / Executive Director, International Clivar Monsoon Project Office, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Ministry of Earth Sciences

Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli is the Executive Director of the International CLIVAR Monsoon Project Office (ICMPO), located at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India. In this position, he coordinates research on global and regional monsoons, under the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Prior to his current position, Dr. Kolli had served as the Chief of World Climate Applications and Services Division at World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. While at WMO, he supported the implementation of the World Climate Services Programme (WCSP), enhancing national capacities, coordinating regional and global networks of climate service providers, user liaison in climate-sensitive sectors, and research-operations linkages. He had made significant contributions to the development of Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) and Regional and National Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs/NCOFs), which are recognized to be key operational elements of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). He had led the development of the Climate Services Information System (CSIS) pillar of the GFCS, including through the implementation of externally funded projects focusing on climate services at the regional and national scales.

Dr Kolli has earlier worked at IITM from 1982 to 2006 and was the Head of its Climatology and Hydrometeorology Division before moving to join WMO. He co-authored a book with the late Prof. G.B. Pant on “Climates of South Asia” published by John Wiley in 1997, published several research papers on climate prediction, climate change and climate services. He had contributed as one of the Lead Authors on regional climate projections for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007. Rupa Kumar received his Ph.D. (1981) and M.Sc. (1976) degrees in Meteorology from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.