The Foundation is headed by a Board whose members have a longstanding reputation in meteorology. The board of the Harry Otten Foundation is also the jury of the Harry Otten Prize.

Tanja Cegnar

Tanja Cegnar works for the Slovenian Environment Agency, which also includes the Slovenian Meteorological Office. Her main speciality is human biometeorology. She is the chief editor of the agency's Monthly bulletin and web site, and presents weather at the national television station in Slovenia. For many years she has coordinated the activities of the Media team under the umbrella of the European Meteorological Society.

Leo Kroon

Leo Kroon joined the board on 1 June 2014. He is Chairman of the Board of the Harry Otten Foundation as per 1 January 2018, succeeding the former Chairman Richard Anthes. For many years he was a lecturer in Meteorology at Wageningen University, Netherlands. He was chairman and also treasurer of the NVBM (the Dutch Meteorological Society) during many years and is an honorary member of the NVBM. He has also been active in the NVBM as Chief Editor of the quarterly journal Meteorologica during 10 years. In October 2017 he retired from the university. 

David Burridge

In 1975 David Burridge joined the newly established "European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts" (ECMWF). He spent most of his professional career at ECMWF (1975 to 2004) and in January 1991 he was appointed to the position of Director and Chief Executive of ECMWF.  During his time at ECMWF, he was the Director for more than 13 years, he led the research programme for eight years and prior to this he designed and built the first ECMWF global forecasting model. He has been a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMS) since 1970 and served on its Council between 1975 and 1978. He was elected President of the RMS for 2000 to 2002. He served on the governing Council of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) and was the President of the EMS for the three-year period 2005 to 2008 and during this period revised the society’s organisational structure and implemented a new strategy. Currently, David is a full member the UK Met Office Board.



Pamela Emch

Dr. Pamela Emch is an Engineering Fellow at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where she works on Northrop's weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing activities.  She has held a variety of science, engineering, management, and business development positions related to both U.S. and international activities.  She is the Future Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise and a member of the U.S. National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.

Olivier Boucher

Olivier Boucher is a research director at CNRS affiliated with the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) and located at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He is currently Head of the IPSL Climate Modelling Centre that develops the IPSL climate model for a range of research applications. He was previously appointed at the Met Office in the United Kingdom as Head of the Earth System Modelling and Mitigation team (2005-2011). His personal research interests include aerosol-radiation-cloud interactions, monitoring of atmospheric aerosols, Earth System modelling, biogeochemical feedbacks, climate effects of aviation, meteorological and climate aspects of renewable energies, and climate engineering. Olivier is currently coordinating an aerosol project as part of the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS)  European initiative. Olivier was a coordinating lead author for the “Clouds and Aerosols” chapter of the IPCC fifth assessment report. He received the Harry Otten prize in 2015 for his idea of using contrails in ground-based sky images to measure wind and humidity at cruising altitudes.