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Brian Malczyk

Executive Director

Brian hails from Toronto, and is a current Master of Global Affairs candidate at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies program. In his third-year, he was an International Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Succeeding this, he led North American Model United Nations in his capacity as Secretary-General. Brian also served as Co-President of the Canadian Red Cross group.


Brian is an alumnus of St. Michael’s Choir School (2012) and executive member of its alumni association, SMCSAA. He currently teaches piano and sings with several choral groups as a reflection of his background in music.


Brian previously completed a Climate Security Fellowship with CDS. He focused his research on Arctic security and policy implications from climate change.


Nate Van Beilen

Director of Strategy

Nate is a highly motivated sustainability professional who is working towards a flourishing low-carbon future. Currently based in Toronto, Nate helps develop innovative strategies for low-carbon financing, communicates low-carbon investment opportunities, and conducts research and analysis on environmental commodities such as emission allowances, carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and low carbon fuels.


Nate is also Manager of Business Development at Just Vertical, a Toronto-based start-up focusing on delivering highly productive and cost-effective urban agriculture solutions. He is also a participant in the Ontario Circular Economy Lab which is developing national strategies for a waste-free, low-carbon future. Nate also holds a certification in ISO-14064-3: GHG Validation and Verification and is a Climate Reality Leader.


He holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (hons) from the University of Waterloo in the Cooperative Arts & Business program with a major in political science, a minor in economics, and specialization in global engagement. He has multiple academic papers published focusing on sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration. He also has many blogs and articles published online.


With a wealth of analytical, communication, and business experience, Nate develops CDS’s strategic outlook and consults on project and program development. His diverse experience at small and large corporations, and government ministries and agencies allows Nate to consider the variables needed for effective strategy development and project delivery.


On the side, Nate enjoys music and has a knack for growing food. He has a certification in permaculture design and has five seasons of growing under his belt. Feel free to reach out to Nate on Linkedin.


Swinzle Chauhan


Originally from India, Swinzle was born and brought up in Penang, Malaysia and considers herself a bit of a cultural nomad. She moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, where she graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Environmental Sciences, with a double major in Geography. She has worked in waste management, water conservation, and corporate social responsibility. Currently, Swinzle is in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program at the University of Toronto.


Swinzle enjoys cooking and hiking, and considers herself to be a bit of a foodie. As a travel-enthusiast, she has been most interested in urban sustainability and waste management in cities across the world, and hopes to be able to contribute to global efforts to make cities more resilient.


David Harary

Principal Advisor

Named as a Top 30 Under 30 Leader in Sustainability by GreenBiz in 2017 and by Corporate Knights Magazine in 2016, David Harary is focused on mediating between science, management, and policy. He has cultivated experience consulting government agencies and utilities, building strategic communications plans with NASA Headquarters and has worked alongside policymakers on resource security at the federal and state levels. In 2016, David helped develop strategic business partnership plans at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will promote conservation and economic growth across the National Marine Sanctuary System.


David’s research is multidisciplinary and covers ground in human security, intelligence, technology, sustainability, and public-private partnerships. His latest writing has been published in The Jerusalem PostThe Times of Israel, Journal of Science Policy and GovernanceHarvard Kennedy School ReviewInquiries Journal and Cornell International Affairs Review.


In 2014, David founded the award-winning non-profit think tank, Center for Development and Strategy. He holds an M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Economics and Geography and International Trade from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Juan Jimenez

Director of Finance

Juan grew up in Pereira, Colombia before moving to the United States at a young age. He is currently working for Citigroup’s Investment Banking office in Buffalo, NY as a financial analyst with a couple years of experience in the industry. He has worked closely with David Harary to bring a financially sustainable business model to the Center for Development and Strategy by bringing in new sources of revenue and setting strict financial goals. What originally attracted Juan to the think tank, is its ability to have an impact on the community. Coming from a small developing country with poor economic roots, Juan is deeply affected by the many inequalities our society has created. He has pledged to do everything possible to give back to the community and CDS has created a unique avenue to do so.


Juan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Buffalo with concentrations in International Business and Financial Analysis. He served as the Treasurer for UB’s Student Association, where he oversaw a budget of over $3.4 million.

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Bryan Chester Campbell Romero

Global Politics Research Assistant

Bryan is a Cuban student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at the University of Havana. His research interests focus in the intersection of Political & Moral Philosophy and International Affairs. With issues like ethnic violence, the nature of revolutions or the foundations and future of the nation-state, he’s been concerned with the ethical and theoretical questions at the bottom of some of the most pressing global problems. He is interested in the policy making process in international organizations as well.


Bryan is also an independent translator and interpreter, working for institutions like CARE International and Cornell University. He speaks Spanish (native speaker), English and French.