Janita Pahalad Pacific Science Solutions Vanuatu

Janita Pahalad

I am currently the Managing Director for the Pacific Science Solutions, a newly formed science consultancy service based in Suva, Fiji. I graduated with a major in climatology (Bachelor of Science) from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia in 1992. My first job was as a scientific officer at the Fiji Meteorological Services in January 1993. I was heading the Climate Service Division by the time I left the service in 2001 and I moved to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

I initially worked in the Climate Monitoring and Prediction services. In January 2004, I became the Team Leader for an Australian Government funded project titled Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Project (PICPP). I continued managing the project until February 2012 when I moved onto to managing a much larger Australian funded program known as Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac).

I have worked with many global, regional and national agencies including the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Geoscience Australia (GA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA), Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Red Cross, and national meteorological services from Cook Islands, Federate States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Samoa.