Symposium on Sea Level Rise in Southeast Asia

Singapore Management University (Singapore)
23 Oct 2019
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Symposium on Sea Level Rise in Southeast Asia: Ko Barrett and Gregory Flato


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Ko Barrett

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Ko Barrett is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she supervises daily operations and administration of NOAA’s research enterprise. In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women elected to serve as a vice chair of the IPCC. For over 15 years, she has represented the United States on delegations charged with negotiating and adopting scientific assessments undertaken by the IPCC. She has also served for over a decade as a lead negotiator for the United States on the United Nations treaty on climate change. Ko Barrett is widely recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.


Singapore Management University

Winston Chow is an Associate Professor of Humanities at the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Social Sciences and Office of Core Curriculum. His current research is on urban vulnerability to climate change, urban heat island adaptation and mitigation, and environmental perceptions in tourism. He is a Principal Investigator for the Cooling Singapore initiative, and was selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Lead Author for their chapter on “Cities, Settlements and Key Infrastructure” in the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change due in 2021. He enjoys talking and writing about these research issues, and he tweets sporadically on many topics (unrelated to climate change) at @winstontlchow

Gregory FLATO

Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Gregory Flato is a Senior Scientist and Manager, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate ChangeCanada. He has worked on the development of a series of global climate models used to simulate historical climate variations and project future climate change. He is an elected Vice Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group I and was a Coordinating Lead Author of the model evaluation chapter in the IPCC Fifth Assessment. Dr Flato received his BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, USA.

Estella Ho

Singapore Management University

Estella Ho is a final year student at the Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian Business School and the founder of the undergraduate research publication, the Journal of International and Public Affairs. Her second major in Political Science was what first exposed her to the existential concerns surrounding climate change. Now, with the view of climate change as the defining issue of her generation, she actively engages in climate advocacy and conducts climate teach-ins for fellow students in her spare time. She is a firm believer in youth action and hopes to build her future career around mainstreaming sustainable policies in both the public and private sectors.

Erland Källén

Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS)

Professor Erland Källén is the Director of the Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS). He has a PhD in meteorology from Stockholm University, Sweden and has spent most of his career as professor of Dynamic Meteorology at Stockholm University. During the years 2009-2017 he was Director of Research at the European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecasts in Reading UK and he joined CCRS in 2018. His main research areas are large scale atmospheric dynamics, numerical weather prediction and climate modelling. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Academia Europea.

Lily Kong

Singapore Management University

Professor Kong is SMU’s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 19-year old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU; Vice Provost and Vice President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios), and Executive Vice President (Academic) of Yale-NUS College.
Professor Kong is internationally known for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, focusing on a range of issues ranging from religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, to smart cities. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems). Prof Kong was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006.

Leonie Lee

Ministry of Environment and Water Resources

Ms Leonie Lee is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.<br /><br />
Prior to this posting, Ms Lee had served in various government sectors including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Public Service Division. She was also seconded to the World Bank in Washington D.C for a year, focusing on higher education projects in the South Asia Region.<br /><br />
A recipient of the prestigious Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship, Ms Lee graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She also has a Master of Arts in International and Development Economics from Yale University.

Abdalah Mokssit


Abdalah Mokssit is Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has a long experience with the IPCC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He is a former Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, which deals with the physical science basis of climate change. He is also a former Third Vice-President of the World Meteorological Congress of WMO and was member of several WMO commissions including the Commission on Climatology and the Commission for Basic Systems. Previously, Abdalah was the Director of the National Meteorological Department of Morocco. At the National Meteorological Service of Morocco, he has focused on upgrading forecasting, from nowcasting to long-range forecasting; improving warning and crisis management for extreme events; and generating regional models of climate change scenarios, climate change sector impact studies and services for end users. In May 1996, His Majesty, the late King Hassan II of Morocco awarded the «National Order of Merit, Excellent Class» to Abdalah Mokssit for his contribution to the modernization of the National Meteorology. He was also awarded the medals “Chevalier” and “Commandeur” personally by His Majesty King Mohamed VI and the medal “Leverier” in recognition of work for the extension of NWP model PERIDOT to North Africa and Eastern Europe.<br />
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Abdalah Mokssit est le secrétaire du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC). Il jouit d’une longue expérience au sein du GIEC et de l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM). Il a été vice-président du groupe de travail I du GIEC, chargé d’évaluer les aspects scientifiques du système climatique et de l’évolution du climat. Il est également ancien troisième vice-président du Congrès météorologique mondial de l’OMM et a été membre de plusieurs commissions de l’OMM, notamment la Commission de climatologie et la Commission des systèmes de base. Auparavant, Abdalah était le directeur du Service météorologique national du Maroc. Au Service météorologique national du Maroc, il s’est attaché à moderniser les prévisions - de la prévision immédiate à la prévision à long échéance - ; à améliorer les avis et de la gestion des crises pour les phénomènes extrêmes ; et à mettre en place des modèles régionaux de scénarios de changements climatiques, des études d’impact sectoriel des changements climatiques, et des services a l’intention des utilisateurs finals. En mai 1996, Sa Majesté, feu le roi Hassan II du Maroc a décerné à Abdalah Mokssit « l’Ordre national du mérite, Excellente classe » pour sa contribution à la modernisation de la Météorologie nationale. Il a également reçu les médailles « Chevalier » et « Commandeur » personnellement par Sa Majesté le Roi Mohamed VI et la médaille « Leverier » en reconnaissance de son travail pour l’extension du modèle de PNT PERIDOT à l’Afrique du Nord et à l’Europe de l’Est.

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