Dr Kamal Puri is the Research Programme Leader of the Earth System Modelling Programme at the Bureau of Meteorology Research and Development section. Dr Puri has a PhD in Physics awarded by the University of Manchester (UK). As Programme Leader he has the responsibility for development of the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) which is a fully coupled earth system model developed in collaboration with CSIRO and support from the Australian Universities. The Bureau uses ACCESS as its operational numerical weather prediction model. Dr. Puri has actively participated in major international activities, included chairing key WMO Working Groups, and currently serves on the (UK) Met Office Science Advisory Committee and International Advisory Panel of the Government of India Ministry of Earth Sciences.