Molly Hellmuth, an independent consultant, is Deputy Manager and Lead Hydrologist for the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme's Water Scenarios Project. Previously, she was Associate Director for Science Policy Outreach at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, where she focused on connecting IRI's innovative climate-related science and knowledge to real development practice. She is currently an adjunct at IRI. Dr. Hellmuth has over 15 years of experience and commitment to addressing the development challenges of climate-related risk; advising governments, NGOs and development practitioners in water resources and disaster risk management, as well as climate change adaptation. She has contributed to several critical processes, including to the Stern Review and the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report. Dr. Hellmuth has PhD (2002) and MS (1997) degrees in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Colorado–Boulder (2002), and a BS degree in French and water resources (dual major) from the University of Minnesota–Minneapolis (1995).