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Melanie Kappes

Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

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Melanie S. Kappes is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank Group. In this role, she has supported Bank teams and governments in better informing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation investment decisions, design of activities and implementation with risk information. Since 2016 she has been leading several projects to strengthen national hydrometeorological services and early warning systems across the Latin America and Caribbean region, and is now supporting governments in the process of building urban resilience with a multi-sectoral approach.

Prior to her current role, Melanie lived in Nicaragua, supporting municipal governments in using spatial data for territorial planning with the German Development Service (DED). She is a Geoecologist by training with a PhD in Geography – on the analysis of multi-hazard risk - from the University of Vienna, Austria.