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.


Jalal Awan

Jalal is a Lead Researcher on the Youth, Peace & Security team at SDSN Youth. Jalal is an engineer by profession and is currently employed by Engro Corporation, one of Pakistan's largest private conglomerates with a diversified portfolio including energy, chemicals and agri-based products. He is an IEEE-accredited electrical engineer and an ASQ certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Jalal also holds the US Green Building Council certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and is a founding member of USGBC-Pakistan chapter.

He holds a bachelors in electrical engineering from Pakistan and finished his Masters in Energy Systems and Policy from the University of Southern California on the Fulbright exchange scholarship (2014-'15). Jalal takes a keen interest in international affairs and politics and is a regular freelance writer in various Pakistani and international publications. His research interests revolve around green technologies, international development, energy policy and the smart grid. During his masters, Jalal's semester projects included lifecycle analysis of PV-based off-grid electrical systems and feasibility of autonomous vehicle fleets to tackle traffic congestion in LA. At USC, he was founding member of Trojan MUN, USC's first-ever model UN conference and lead organizer of TEDx Fulbright in Santa Monica. During his summer internship at the UN Headquarters in NY, Jalal conducted background research for the post-2015 agenda, in particular Goal 7 of the SDGs, as part of the Secretary General's Sustainability for All team. His research paper titled 'Social and environmental implications of coal-based indigenous generation in Pakistan' was selected for the World Energy Congress, Istanbul in October last year.


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)