Kijazi Appointed WMO Director For Africa

Dr. Agnes Kijazi.
Dr. Agnes Kijazi.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has appointed Dr. Agnes Kijazi as the new director of its regional office for Africa (RAF).

A statement signed by the WMO RAF’s public information officer, Dr. Kosmos Akande-Alasoka (DPA), disclosed that Kijazi resumed office on December 10, 2022.

According to the statement, Kijazi was the director-general of the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA), permanent representative (PR) of Tanzania to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the third vice-president of the Word Meteorological Organisation (WMO) before her appointment.

With a career which began in 1988, she has over 30 years of working experience in meteorology at national and international levels.

Kijazi has remained engaged in meteorological operations and management in various positions during this period.

She has vast experience in meteorological infrastructure and technology; research, modelling and prediction; data management and information sharing and quality assurance and risk management.

Kijazi served as a member of the WMO Executive Council, member and co-chair of the UN 10-member group to support technology facilitation mechanism (TFM), member of the International Affairs Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and chair of the SADC-Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA).

She has extensively contributed to the development and implementation of various WMO programmes at the national, regional and global levels, SADC – Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA), East African Community (EAC), the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), Tanzania Meteorological Society (TMS), American Meteorological Society (AMS), Tanzania Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH), Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI), among others.

Kijazi holds a doctorate and master’s degree in meteorology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a bachelor of science in meteorology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Oluchi Okorafor
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