Meet the Experts

The Climate Security Expert Network

If it's a CSEN report, you can trust that it was written by someone with real local expertise about the region in question. Our experts either come from the region or have years of experience working there--and our reports go through an international peer review process.

Moreover, the risk briefs have been discussed with stakeholders in and from the respective regions at dialogues in Dhaka, Nairobi, Niamey, Rabat, Kathmandu, and Tokyo.


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Dr. Boubacar T. Assoumana is currently working with Mercy Corps, a non-Profit Organization as a Project Manager on resilience to environmental shocks. Prior to that, he worked with Mercy Corps, primarily as project officer in 2018 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 securit 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 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).


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.


Dr. 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 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.


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 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.


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.



Dr. Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Centre for Non-traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently the Secretary-General of the Consortium on Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia. From 2013-2017, Prof Anthony was a member of UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) and was Chair of ABDM in 2016. She was Director of External Relations at the ASEAN Secretariat from 2011-2012. From 2015-2017, she was Vice President at-large of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA). Prof. Anthony's research interest include regionalism and multilateralism in Asia-Pacific, human security and non-traditional additional issues in Asia-Pacific. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and international presses. Her latest books include: Negotiating Governance on Non-Traditional Security in Southeast Asia and Beyond (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).


Dr. Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) since 2009. Dr. Huq is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board, as well as research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Dr. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007).


Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-Coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). She is also Features Editor (Climate Policy) at Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG) – Science, Technology and Security Forum as well as Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project.


Coral Pasisi is the Director of the Sustainable Pacific Consultancy and President of Tofia Niue, a Non Profit Organisation focused on Ocean Sustainable Management. She was the Regional Advisor on the Pacific to the Green Climate Fund, from 2015 to September 2019. Prior to that, she worked with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, primarily as itsRegional and International Issues Adviser and Acting Director of Strategic Partnerships from 2007-2014.


North America

Honorable Sharon E. Burke directs the Resource Security Group at New America, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, DC. She has served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. government, most recently as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy from 2010 to 2014. Her work with non-governmental organizations includes a stint as the Vice President of the Center for a New American Security and an Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA. Burke blogs, tweets, publishes, and serves on a number of advisory boards, including for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Latin America and the Caribbean

Herman Rosa Chávez is a researcher-consultant. As former Minister of Environment of El Salvador (June 2009-May 2014) he refocused environmental policy to the twin goals of reversing environmental degradation and reducing vulnerability to climate change, and launched internationally recognized initiatives on disaster risk reduction and landscape restoration, among others. From 1993-2009, he was Senior Researcher and then Director of PRISMA, a regional think-tank on environment and development issues based in San Salvador. He holds degrees in Engineering and Economics, and an M.A. on Economic Policy and International Relations.


Mr Carlos Fuller is the Regional and International Liaison Officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. His primary responsibility is to coordinate CARICOM Member States in the international climate change negotiations. He is a Meteorologist and was the Chief Meteorologist in the National Meteorological Service of Belize. He has represented Belize in the climate change negotiation process since 1990. In that capacity he served as the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC) in 2017 and 2018. He is presently the Chief Negotiator on Climate Change for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) under the Chairmanship of Belize. He is also the Special Advisor to the President of the Commission on Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on High-level Science-Policy Climate Related Issues. He holds the George Price Lifetime Achievement Award for Emergency Management and the Officer of the Order the British Empire (OBE) for public service.


Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a Brazilian policy expert and co-founder of Plataforma CIPÓ, a new climate, peacebuilding and cooperation platform. She was previously coordinator of the International Peace and Security area at the Igarapé Institute, where she supervised projects on climate and security; migration and refuge; conflict mediation and prevention; and peace operations. Dr. Abdenur is a member of the Committee on Development Policy (CDP) of the UN’s ECOSOC and of the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks, invited by the German government to provide input the UN system on climate and security. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.


More CSEN experts will be added in the coming months.