Dr. Michiel Schaeffer is a biophysicist and received his PhD in Dynamic Meteorology at University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, specializing in the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, ecosystems and society. He worked as senior researcher on Earth System science at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). He is currently affiliated with Environmental System Analysis, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) and is one of the founders of Climate Analytics. Based from 2005 to 2009 in Accra, Ghana and in Kigali, Rwanda, he has worked on building up co-operation with applied scientists and policy makers in the Western and Eastern-African regions on the subject of climate change research and policy applications. Since he moved from Kigali to New York mid-2009, he focuses on bringing together the scientific assessments with the policy applications for all projects that are carried out by Climate Analytics. He brings high level scientific skills, experience in the international climate policy world, a broad understanding of climate policy and science, high capacities in science communication, presentation and writing, and experience in managing small teams of scientists developing state of the art models.