Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
Vladimir Ryabinin became Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and Assistant Director General in March 2015.
Headquartered in Paris, IOC is a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO that promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to better manage the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas.
Mr Ryabinin is the holder of a Senior Doctorate in Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Oceanography and Geophysics) from the Supreme Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation in Moscow, obtained in April 1995, and has professional certifications as an Engineer-Oceanographer from the Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute (June 1978) and as a Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (equivalent to PhD, September 1982) with the Supreme Attestation Committee (USSR).
He began his professional career in July 1978 first as a Postgraduate with the Hydrometcentre of Russia (Moscow) conducting theoretical studies of the ocean circulation and variability. Later, as a Senior and Principal Researcher, he was involved in studies of the role of the ocean in climate under the USSR ocean research programme “Sections”. Mr Ryabinin was one of the creators of the first Soviet technology for numerical weather prediction for medium ranges (up to a week) implemented in the mid-1980s. From 1989-1993, he developed a spectral model for the prediction of wind waves on the ocean surface. From July 1996 to September 1998, Mr Ryabinin was the Head of the Laboratory for Marine Forecasting Research and Coordinator of national research on marine forecasting. During this period, he was one of the main developers of the Federal Program “World Ocean”.
In October 1998, Mr Ryabinin was appointed Principal Scientist with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD) based in Malta where he was involved in two EU projects aimed at marine meteorological support for remote detection, prediction of drift and combat of oil spills in the Mediterranean Sea, a position held until December 2000. Mr Ryabinin subsequently joined, in January 2001, the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Malta, initially as a Consultant, and later as its Executive Director.
From November 2001 until 2015, Mr Ryabinin was a Senior Scientific Officer in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and a staff member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), where he was responsible for the international coordination of climate research with a focus on the polar regions and cryosphere, the ocean, sea level, stratosphere, atmospheric chemistry and climate, and contribution of research into the creation of climate services.
Mr Ryabinin has authored and/or co-authored roughly 100 articles and publications, including a monograph, mostly in the domains of oceanography, meteorology and climate. He was a lecturer at the Moscow State University and has participated in several research and offshore engineering projects including the International Polar Year 2007-2008. More recently, he has been a lead author of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO5, 2012), Chapter on the Earth System challenges, and an expert/member/chair in a number of international working groups, committees and research councils.