Ko Barrett

Ko Barrett

Senior Advisor for Climate, NOAA Research;
Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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"Our Future Vision"

About this Speaker

Ko Barrett serves as one of three Vice-Chairs for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ms. Barrett is also Senior Advisor for Climate for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research). In this role, Ms. Barrett provides strategic advice and scientific leadership for climate research, applications and services across NOAA Research. 

Prior to her current role, Ms. Barrett served as the NOAA Research Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration, where she supervised daily operations and administration of several NOAA research programs, including the Climate Program Office, Ocean Acidification Program, and National Sea Grant College Program. Ms. Barrett has also served as deputy director of NOAA Research’s Climate Program Office. In addition, for over 15 years, Ms. Barrett served as a member of U.S. delegations charged with reviewing and adopting scientific assessments undertaken by the IPCC. She also served as the lead U.S. climate adaptation negotiator to the UNFCCC. Prior to joining NOAA, Ms. Barrett was the director of the Global Climate Change program at the USAID and oversaw climate activities in more than 40 countries.

Ms. Barrett is globally recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.