Operational Hydromet Leadership Summit

A Varysian event in partnership with

Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO)

6th-8th November 2019

Accra Beach Hotel

Christ Church, Barbados

The Caribbean hydrometeorological community is gearing up for some large funding to increase the capacity of the region’s hydrometeorological networks. With ‘Disaster Risk Reduction’ so crucial to the region, the World Bank and WMO involvement have heightened dramatically, especially in light of the recent devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The need for private sector involvement is growing, but knowledge of the possibilities is still limited, both from the public sector and private sector.

We are being assisted by the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) to create a Varysian Symposium to bring together all 16 CMO member Directors of NHMS in the region, Directors from WMO initiatives including CREWS, GFCS, PPP and CIMO. Together with private sector involvement, key presentations, including the NHMS themselves, and roundtable discussions. The Symposium will foster new connections for new business, and facilitate conversations with policy and programme-makers, as well as the NHMS themselves on how to best include all parties to tackle the issues faced in the region.

The agenda will contain presentations, Q&As and one-on-ones with all participating stakeholders, with private sector involvement and expertise being key. There will be a maximum of 20 companies who can take part in this invite-only gathering.


6 x NHMS Director case study presentations

Specialist ‘General Assembly’ programme/funding organisation presentations

5 (repeated 5 times) intimate roundtables for NHMS delegates

6 x Industry led presentations (position on agenda - first come, first served basis)


Appointment driven one-on-one ‘ask the expert’ sessions at your booth or Varysian’s drop-in space

3 x Breakfast with NHMS Directors, WMO and CIMO personnel

3 x Lunch with NHMS Directors, WMO and CIMO personnel


16 CMO NHMS Directors and WMO initiative Directors from CREWS, GFCS, PPP and CIMO

Intimate roundtables for NHMS and 'ask the expert' sessions at exhibitor booths

NHMS Director case study, funding organisation and industry-led presentations

Breakfast and lunch with NHMS Directors, WMO and CIMO personnel

What our attendees say

Thanks again for a revolutionary and dynamic symposium with riveting themes, presentations and atmosphere.

John Smith


Civil Aviation Authority, Turks & Caicos

Congratulations to Team Varysian! A great Symposium and need I say it again: I am very proud of what Varysian is becoming. Brilliant!! I look forward to next year's Symposium and the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way.

Garvin Cummings

Chief Hydrometeorological Officer

Guyana Meteorological Service

I wanted to thank you for inviting me to the meeting last week.  It was extremely informative and very much enjoyed learning in the discussions groups.  As our efforts mature, no doubt I will be reaching out.

Oscar Schofield

Chair, Depart. of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Rutgers University

Congratulations to Varysian for hosting the Caribbean Symposium. Outstanding experience.

Shakeer Baig

Assistant Director

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

The main thing we want to get out of it is better interaction between the public and private sector and that is one of the things that, in this event, really happened.

Heerco Walinga

International Business Development Manager

Delta OHM

Wonderful event with great participation from everyone.

Jim Anderson



Key stats


Senior delegates from the global hydromet community 


Decision-makers from Caribbean NHMSs, and more from WMO initiatives


Hydromet topics and issues covered


Accra Beach Hotel

Christ Church

BB 15139


West Indies

Surrounded by tropical gardens, this low-key hotel on Rockley Beach along the Caribbean Sea is 4 km from Carlisle Bay and 13 km from Grantley Adams International Airport. 

Featuring colourful wall murals, the eclectic rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add balconies with sea, pool or island views. Suites offer whirlpool tubs, sofa beds and/or bar areas. Room service is available.

Parking is included. Amenities consist of 3 restaurants and 2 bars, including a swim-up option, along with 2 outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness centre and a kid's club. Breakfast is offered for a surcharge.


CMO member attendees


Antigua & Barbuda



British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands






St Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands


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