Michel Jarraud has been the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization since 2004.
Appointed by the Fourteenth Congress, he took office on 1 January 2004. He was re-appointed by Fifteenth World Meteorological Congress for a second four-year term from January 1, 2008 and the Sixteenth World Meteorological Congress a third and final four-year term, which began on January 1, 2012.
In 2012 he also assumed the presidency of the UN Water, the inter-agency mechanism to coordinate and strengthen the work of the organizations and programs of the United Nations on all issues relating to freshwater.
Before joining the WMO Secretariat as Deputy Secretary-General in January 1995, Mr Jarraud devoted part of his career to the internationally renowned European Centre of Meteorological Forecasts (ECMWF). He was appointed Deputy Director of the Centre in 1991, having been Director of the Operational Department since 1990. From June 1978 to December 1985 he was a researcher in numerical weather prediction at ECMWF. Mr Jarraud started his career with the French National Meteorological Service, Météo-France, as a researcher (September 1976 Mayo1978). He joined Météo-France again in January 1986 as Director of the Meteorological Department, until December 1989.
Mr Jarraud is a member of the Meteorological Society of America, France, Britain, China and Cuba, and has studied French at Ecole Polytechniquey of the Ecole Nationale Météorologie..