Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

Kenrick R. Leslie

Kenrick Leslie, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), Belmopan. Dr. Leslie has considerable experience in the fields of physics and meteorology.

In December 2003 he was charged with the responsibility of transforming the Centre from a concept into a viable operational Institution. The Centre became fully operational in January 2005 with recognition as a regional Executing Agency on climate Change-related projects by the World Bank, various UN agencies and the UK Department for International Development (DIFD).

Prior to joining the Climate Change Centre he was a Senior Principal Scientist in the Applied Physics Laboratories of AlliedSignal now Honeywell Corporation in Morristown, New Jersey in the United States.

He has also contributed much to the development of meteorology and climatology in the Caribbean. He has worked as a meteorologist in the meteorological services of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Dr. Leslie established the National Meteorological Service of Belize and served as its first Director from 1972 to 1981. In addition he served on the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology from 1972 until 1981. During this same period he also served as Rappoteur to the World Meteorological Organization, Regional Association IV comprising North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.