Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations
Barbara J. Ryan is secretariat director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland, coordinating the activities of nearly 90 member states and 75 participating organizations striving to integrate Earth observations. Before assuming this position in 2012, she directed the World Meteorological Organization Space Programme. Before joining WMO in 2008, Ryan was associate director for geography at the US Geological Survey. As the 2007 chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, she led the space-agency response to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) satellite requirements for sustained measurement of the GCOS Essential Climate Variables.