Senior Staff Associate II
Sylwia is a climate scientist with 20 years of research experience centering on understanding year-to-year climate variability, its impacts and their predictability with special focus on Africa and developing climate services for Agriculture and Food Security, Water Resources, Health and Environment. Her research interests also include assessing vulnerability to climate change in developing countries and she has contributed to and led several Vulnerability Assessments for USAID.
A keen educator, she is deeply involved in building the capacity of weather and climate professionals in Africa to take advantage of the latest developments in seasonal to sub-seasonal forecasting techniques and in developing their applications. With a wider audience and climate resilience in mind, she has designed and facilitated a number of workshops on climate information for adaptation for governmental experts from climate-sensitive sectors in West Africa as well as for development practitioners from international organizations. More recently she has contributed to the development of curricula for short courses on Climate Risk Management in Agriculture for extension practitioners in Senegal and Ethiopia under the Columbia World Project ACToday and the World Bank AICCRA project.
Sylwia graduated in Physics from the University J. Fourier in Grenoble, France before pursuing her PhD in a more multidisciplinary environment in the Department of Geography, University of Bourgogne, Dijon. Since obtaining her doctorate she has worked at the IRI and CIESIN.