Hassan Virji is Executive Director for Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), an international non-governmental and non-profit organization co-sponsored by the major international research programmes on global environmental change (IHDP, IGBP, WCRP and DIVERSITAS) that comprise the Earth System Science Partnership.
Prior to his current position, he served as the Executive Secretary of the US Interagency Subcommittee on Global Change Research while based at the US National Science Foundation, as the Deputy Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, and as the Associate Program Director for the Climate Dynamics Program of the US National Science Foundation. He has also held academic and research faculty positions at the University of Nairobi and the University of Wisconsin.
During 1999, he was a Senior Fellow at the Wissenschaft Kolleg in Berlin. Dr Virji holds a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Dr. Virji is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies of the USA. He is the editor of the “EOS” and a member of the editorial boards of “Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability” and “advances in Climate Change Research”.
He is a member of the US-Vietnam bilateral Working Group on Climate Change. Dr. Virji’s passion is building human resource capacity and strengthening institutions in the developing world to generate the knowledge basis, tools, methods for dealing with issues of global environmental change, including climate change and informing policy actions at various scales.
Recent work involves integrate research on disaster risk, vulnerability, adaptation and risk management related to climate change.