Zinta Zommers joined the STAP Secretariat in March 2019, focusing on the climate adaptation and international waters portfolios. She is a specialist in environmental management, climate change adaptation and risk reduction, and resilience. As the first Latvian to join the IPCC, Zinta was a Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Land and Food Security and a Review Editor of AR6. Between 2012 and 2017, Zinta worked with the United Nations – first with the Chief Scientist’s Office of UN Environment in Kenya and later with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Sierra Leone. In 2015 she joined the UN Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team, contributing to the negotiation of the Paris Agreement. She has also worked with the humanitarian charity Mercy Corps as their Head of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, and has experience related to water management. Zinta has a M.Phil. in Development Studies and a D.Phil. in Zoology from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar and a Junior Research Fellow. She has authored two books on early warning systems and adaptation to climate change.