Alexander Bedritsky

Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Special Envoy for Climate and President Emeritus of the World Meteorological Organization

Born July 10, 1947 in Angren, Uzbekistan, Dr. Bedritsky graduated from the Tashkent Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1975. During his 40-year career in the field of hydrometeorology, Dr. Bedritsky has held various positions including that of senior engineer of a computer centre and successfully handled a wide range of technical, scientific, managerial, organizational, financial, regulatory and legal challenges faced by the Hydrometeorological Services of the Russian Federation.

Since 1978, he has been actively involved in the activities of World Meteorological Organization and other international organizations and Conferences of Parties of environmental conventions, as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements. From 1993 to 2009, he has served as Head of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) with the overall responsibility for the development of the operational and scientific entities of Roshydromet at a time of economic reform in the Russian Federation. In 2000 he defended his PhD thesis "Meteorological Forecasts as a Factor in Minimising Damage Caused by Weather Phenomena."

Alexander Bedritsky served two terms as President of the World Meteorological Organization (2003-2011). In November 2009 he was appointed as Adviser to the President of Russia and Special Envoy for Climate.