The Team

The Youth, Peace & Security thematic paper is an initiative by SDSN Youth, the global youth chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The Youth, Peace & Security team of SDSN Youth, in collaboration with the Secretariat of SDSN, is also tasked with providing the supporting infrastructure for the work of the Academic Advisory Committee, which will assist the researchers screen the recommendations for the Security Council included in the thematic paper. The team consists of:

Julian Payne

Julian Payne

Julian is the Project Leader for Youth, Peace & Security at SDSN Youth. Prior to his work on Youth, Peace & Security, Julian worked with the Research & Policy team acting as a source of feedback on SDSN and UN reports. Julian also works as an analyst at the Carbon Trust, most recently working on Mission Innovation, an initiative in which 20 countries pledged to double their clean energy R&D expenditure up to 2020.

Prior to joining SDSN Youth, Julian worked as a research associate at the Constitution Unit, a think tank housed in UCL’s Department of Political Science, and as a research assistant at the Konstanz Science Forum. Julian holds an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a BA in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Konstanz and the University of Durham.


Karol Arámbula

Karol is a Lead Researcher on the Youth, Peace & Security team at SDSN Youth. Karol also serves as a Civil Society Representative to the UN and as a consultant for intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Mexico and overseas focusing on partnerships for Sustainable Development and Human Rights, Governance and Democratic processes among others. She has worked on numerous projects and programs led by the UN, the Organization of American States, the European Union and the International Organization for Migration in Brasil, Uganda, Peru, South Korea, Canada, Australia and the United States.

She graduated from ITESO University with a major in International Relations and International Human Rights Law. She holds two Master’s Degrees in Human Rights and Peace Studies, as well as Politics and Governance from ITESO University. She has written extensively in collaboration with UN agencies and funds such as the ANCUS; UNITAR; UNDP; UN Women and UNV, as well as other academic publications in Australia, Iraq, Hong Kong, the United States, etc. 


Antoine Warembourg

Antoine is a Lead Researcher on the Youth, Peace & Security team at SDSN Youth. Prior to joining the SDSN Youth, Antoine worked at the NewClimate Institute, Berlin, and the think-tank CliMates, Paris, where he quantified co-benefits and impacts of low-carbon urban development; researched on the role of forestry in national climate policies and supported the creation of innovative green start-ups in African countries. Antoine also worked at the UNFCCC where he planned and prepared youth-related events at COP 21 in Paris and COP 22 in Marrakesh. 

He holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Lille, France. Throughout his studies, he lived, worked and studied in various countries, including Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Germany. His main research interests focus on climate change and human security, in particular, climate change and its impacts on cultural heritage, adaptation strategies in climate policy as well as anthropological perspectives on climate change.



Academic Advisory Committee (AAC)

To provide substantive and methodological steer to the project, as well as aid in the selection of policies and programmes to be included in the thematic paper, the committee has appointed a high-level Academic Advisory Committee (AAC), comprising experts from a variety of disciplines and sectors:

Professor Joshua Castellino

Professor Joshua Castellino

Dean of Law and Business Faculties, Middlesex University
Co-Chair, SDSN Thematic Network on Gender, Human Rights & Social Inclusion

Professor Erika Weinthal
Dr Katrina Lee-Koo

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo

Deputy Director, Monash University Gender, Peace & Security Department
Associate Professor, Monash University

Dr Alex Heikens

Professor Erika Weinthal

Member, UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding
Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University

Dr Alex Heikens

Senior Adviser, Climate and Environment at UNICEF

Dr Wiebke Koenig

Dr Wiebke Koenig

Head, GIZ Global Leadership Academy

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Professor Halvard Buhaug

Professor Halvard Buhaug

Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Associate Editor, Journal of Peace Research and Political Geography

Eva de la Mothe Karoubi

Associate Professor Nina Von Uexkull

Associate Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Assistant Professor, Uppsala University

Lama Ranjous

Eva de la Mothe Karoubi

Manager, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Siamak Sam Loni

Lama Ranjous

National Coordinator, Arab Youth Climate Movement - Syria
Education Program Officer, Danish Refugee Council (former)
Research Assistant, Syria Trust for Development (former)

Siamak Loni

Global Coordinator, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth
Research Officer, Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI)