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The President presides over the sessions of Congress and the Executive Council, guides and coordinates the activities of the Organization and its various bodies, issues directives to the Secretary-General with respect to the fulfilment of his duties, takes action in the interest of the Organization on behalf of the Executive Council and in consultation with its members, between the sessions of the Council, and carries out other specific duties as prescribed by decisions of Congress, the Executive Council and the Regulations of the Organization.


David Grimes, President of WMO

David GrimesDavid Grimes was elected President of the World Meteorological Organization by Sixteenth World Meteorological Congress in 2011 for a four-year term beginning immediately after the closure of the Congress.

David Grimes has been Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment Canada's Meteorological Service since July 2006. He has been Canada's Permanent Representative with WMO since December 2006.

Mr. Grimes has 35 years of scientific, research and management experience at Environment Canada. He has over 20 years experience working with WMO initiatives and programmes.

His experience also includes a significant number of challenging positions and assignments over the years, ranging from operations to science to policy. He occupied the position of Director General with the Meteorological Service of Canada for 15 years for a number of posts, including Canadian Climate Center, Policy, Services, Predictions and Partnerships.

Mr. Grimes has extensive educational experience in the domains of science and management (MBA level). He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics, mathematics and meteorology and is a certified professional meteorologist.







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