Anjuli S. Bamzai, Ph.D.

SpecialitySenior Science Advisor, Global Climate Change, Directorate for Geosciences, NSF

Anjuli S. Bamzai  is Senior Science Advisor, Global Climate Change in the Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation (NSF).  In this role she represents NSF at several interagency efforts e.g., Interagency Group on Integrative Modeling at the U. S. Global Change Research Program,  NSF Principal Climate Security Advisory Council and ex-officio member ex-officio member, Climate Security Roundtable, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine,  Civil Applications Committee, and Committee for Research and Innovation at the Interagency Committee for Advancing Meteorological Sciences.  She has represented the agency on efforts convened by the Office of Science and Technology Policy(OSTP) such as Fast-track Action Committee on Earth System Predictability, Fast-track Action Committee on Climate Services, and Greenhouse Gas Measurements and Monitoring.   

At NSF, she has served as Division Director, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Section Head Atmosphere Section, program director Arctic Natural Sciences,  program director Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics and Executive Secretary Environmental Research and Education Advisory Committee at the Office of Integrative Activities.  Prior to joining NSF, she was the program manager of the climate change modeling program at DOE Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research.  While at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Atmospheric and Oceanic Research, she was program manager of the International Research Institute at Columbia University during its formative period. She has served as the US Government reviewer for the IPCC AR4 and was the NSF ex-officio member on the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee for the third National Climate Assessment.

Through her career, she has highlighted the role of science diplomacy and international collaboration. Last summer as the country geared to host a successful COP27 event later in fall, she did a detail as Embassy Science Fellow at the Department of State,  Embassy of Cairo,  Egypt.  Hosted by the Climate Change Information Center and Renewable Energy within the Ministry of Agriculture Egypt, she worked on both short-term deliverables and a long-term strategy for Egypt’s effort in dealing with the impacts of climate change, specifically, though not exclusively in agriculture. 

Bamzai earned a Ph.D. in Earth Systems and Global Changes from George Mason University.  Her initial training was in India. She completed her graduate studies in Theoretical Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB),  Master’s in physics IITB, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics (major), Mathematics and Statistics from Fergusson College, Pune India.  She received the Distinguished Alumna award from George Mason University and is currently President-Elect of the American Meteorological Society.

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