Melinda Tignor is the Head of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit (WGII TSU) for the IPCC Seventh Assessment Report cycle.
As Head of the WGII TSU, she is responsible for managing the administrative, governance and procedural aspects of the TSU. She works closely with the WGII Co-Chairs and Bureau in shaping and guiding the strategic and organizational aspects of the cycle. She leads the external relations and serves as overall project manager for the activities and products of the WGII.
Melinda is an advisory member of the IPCC Executive Committee and serves on the IPCC Gender Action Team, IPCC Communications Action Team and IPCC Operations Action Team. She participates in IPCC Bureau and Panel Sessions and represents WGII at meetings of the IPCC Financial Task Team and other Task Groups as needed.
Melinda has been working at the science–policy interface for almost 20 years. Melinda has extensive experience in developing and managing large international projects and leading multi-cultural teams. Prior to this cycle, she served as Head of TSU for the WGII TSU during the Sixth Assessment Report cycle; as Deputy Head, Director of Operations for the Working Group I (WGI) TSU during the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report cycle; and as Project Administrator for the WGI TSU during the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report cycle.
Melinda is a confident and articulate communicator and is adept in both conflict resolution and consensus facilitation. She is proficient in the drafting and editing of politically sensitive text of a specialized or technical nature. She has considerable experience in the preparation of IPCC products, including five IPCC Special Reports, three IPCC Assessment Reports, three Synthesis Reports, a Technical Paper, and numerous Expert Meeting and Workshop Reports.