Ken got a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, specializing in large-scale tropical coupled ocean-atmosphere processes and, as a postdoc at Princeton University/NOAA GFDL, worked on the physics of global climate change. Back in his native Peru, as a scientific researcher at IGP, he focused on El Niño physics and observations with emphasis in the far eastern Pacific and worked on its operational prediction as a member of the official commission ENFEN.

Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015-).

President, Ocean Science Section, Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS) (2009-2013).

Chairman, Pacific Asia Marginal Seas (PAMS) (2013-).

Member, POC Committee, North Pacific Marine Science Organization (2008-).

Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans) (1995-1999; 2007-2009; 2013-).

Adjunct Professor, University of Rhode Island (1993-).

Adjunct Professor, Second Institute of Oceanography (2000-). 

Adjunct Professor, Xiamen University (2007-).

A Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO and CSIRO Office of Chief Executive Science Leader, specializes in research into global climate variability and change. With over 20 years of research and leadership experience, his interest spans from dynamics of  modes of climate variability (such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Indian Ocean Dipole) and their mechanisms, to climate detection and attribution, through to impacts of individual forcing factors of increasing carbon dioxide, increasing anthropogenic aerosols, and stratospheric ozone depletion.