Dr Maarten van Aalst is Director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the global reference centre on climate risk management for the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. He previously worked on climate and disaster risk management with the World Bank and several other development banks, international organisations, and government departments.
He holds adjoint positions at Columbia University (International Research Institute for Climate and Society), at University College London (Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy), and at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Maarten has been Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and serves on the Science and Technology Advisory Group of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). In 2016, He was appointed by Ban Ki Moon to the Leadership Group of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R). He is also on Steering Group of the Partners for Resilience alliance, and heads the Knowledge Manager for BRACED.
He obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.