Sagal Abshir
Lawyer, writer, researcher

Sagal Abshir is a lawyer, writer and researcher with twenty years of experience across private and public sectors in the US and Africa, and is currently working on political, climate and governance issues in the Horn of Africa. She has worked extensively with government, multilateral agencies, and think tanks. Her work ranges from direct engagement in politics, policy making and implementation, to undertaking research on the various technical and political challenges of statebuilding in fragile contexts.

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Boubacar T. Assoumana
Centre Régional AGRHYMET

Boubacar T. Assoumana is currently working with AGRHYMET Regional Centre, a specialised institution of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS). Prior to that, he worked with Mercy Corps as a Project Manager on resilience to environmental shocks and as project officer in on climate information services. In this role he investigated the internal and external factors of a climate information services system that promotes the access, use and effectiveness of climate information for smallholder farmers. He also conducted assessments on food security and natural resource management. Boubacar T. Assoumana holds a PhD in Climate Change and Agriculture from a Germany German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)-funded project called WASCAL, hosted by the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Cape Coast, Ghana.

Oli Brown
Chatham House, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, TrustWorks Global

Oli Brown is Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House. He joined in August 2018, following an earlier stint as a fellow from 2012-14. Between 2014 and 2018, Oli Brown was based in Kenya, where he coordinated UN Environment’s work to minimise the risks and impacts of disasters, industrial accidents and armed conflicts. Between 2010 and 2012, he managed a UN Environment programme in Sierra Leone, before which he was a senior researcher and programme manager with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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Matthew Brubacher
UN Climate Security Mechanism
Matthew Brubacher works as an independent consultant specialised on climate change in fragile states. He currently works as the Program Manager for Climate Security in the Horn of Africa with the UN Climate Security Mechanism. He spent the past five years as an Economic Advisor to the UN Support Mission in Libya supporting the country’s energy transition and promoting sustainable management. Previously, Matthew worked in several UN peace operations, as a Cooperation Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and as a Political Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.  He is particularly interested in utilizing conflict dynamics as a means to catalyze low carbon economic recovery.

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Christophe Hodder
UN Climate Security and Environmental Advisor to Somalia

Christophe Hodder is the first United Nations Climate Security and Environmental Advisor to Somalia, where he works to implement its mandate on environment and security. Previously, he worked as the Project Director for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in DRC and Chad and led Save the Children UK's response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. In addition, he has expertise on South Asia and has worked across the Policy Cycle with the Government of Nepal.

Salma Kadry
Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Salma Kadry is a Researcher at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA). Her research interests include climate-security-development nexus, integrated analysis and the economic aspects of sustainable peace and development, including energy, infrastructure, digitalization, financing for conflict-affected settings, among others. Salma holds a Master’s degree summa cum laude in Global Studies from Wroclaw University (Poland) and Ghent University (Belgium). Her master thesis focused on Egypt’s energy politics post-2013, where she examined two major energy reforms, namely the phasing out of the fossil fuel subsidy program and the shift to renewable energy.

Ayan Mahamoud
Intergovernmental Authority on Development

Ayan Mahamoud is a Senior Programme Coordinator. She coordinated regional programming tasks within the Drought Resilience Initiative (IDDRSI), a 15-year over $1.5billion 7 countries regional program and associated national programs. She successfully facilitated bilateral and multi-lateral Cross-Border Cooperation Agreements on IDDRSI among IGAD Member States, including technical support on institutional arrangements for coordination and implementation, resulting in an up-to-date assessment of the implementation and financial management, proposing direction and solutions, distilling lessons-learnt and best-practices. She currently manages the USAID Programme Portfolio at IGAD and deals with issues related to Resilience/Climate Fragility Risks/Climate Adaptation/Dryland Development, Cross-Border Health, Countering Violent Extremism, and Conflict Prevention/Early Warning.

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze
Institute for Security Studies (ISS Africa)

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze joined the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 2009, and is currently head of special projects in the office of the executive director, where she explores new areas of work for ISS and informs institutional strategy. Her areas of interest are international criminal justice, international human rights law, and migration trends and policy. Her work covers the African continent and is aimed at advancing human security. A lawyer, strategist and analyst, before joining the ISS, Ottilia worked as a legal advisor in Makhanda and human rights education officer for Amnesty International South Africa.

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Chitra Nagarajan
Independent Researcher

Chitra Nagarajan focuses on civilian protection, climate change, conflict analysis and sensitivity, gender and social inclusion, peacebuilding, and human rights, particularly those of women and girls. She has worked across West Africa for over a decade. She led and coordinated all interviews in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria for Shoring Up Stability: Addressing Climate and Fragility Risks in the Lake Chad Region, the first ever climate security assessment of a specific region.


Milen Yishak

Milen Yishak is a consultant with the Climate Security Expert network. She holds a B.A. in Government (major) and International Relations (minor) from Smith College (USA) and MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service. She was United Nations Association of the National Capital Graduate Fellow of the UN Association of the Capital Area in 2018. She has over a decade (in total) of experience working with Nonprofits and Associations. Originally from Eritrea and Ethiopia, she lives in Washington DC, USA.


West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, WASCAL is a large-scale research-focused and capacity building Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle the climate change challenge by enhancing the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. This is made possible through the strengthening of the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of eleven West African countries. WASCAL is majorly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

WASCAL as a whole is a partner organization of the CSEN, though it is individual WASCAL experts who contribute to reports.