Catherine Van den Hoof

Catherine is a PlanAdapt Fellow, based in Brussels, Belgium.

She currently works as a disaster risk analyst for the European Commission within the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, DG-ECHO. Catherine worked for more than 10 years as a researcher (UK, Belgium, Chile and South Africa) in the domain of climate modelling, climate change mitigation, impacts of extreme weather events, such as floods and drought on food security, land degradation, early warning systems, capacity building and disaster risk reduction. In 2018, she left academia to join the United Nations World Food Programme as a climate risk analyst for the African Risk Capacity (ARC), a specialized agency of the African Union established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters, and to facilitate access to climate financing. There, she was in charge of assisting the governments of Zambia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Guinea to strengthen their disaster-risk management systems, by leading a process of consultations, trainings and information exchanges. Recently she moved back to Belgium.

Catherine has been trained as a bio-science engineer (MSc from KULeuven, Belgium), holds a MSc in geo-information science and remote sensing (Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands) and a PhD in climatology/meteorology (Reading University, UK). She is currently taking a public policy course at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, UK).