Named as a Top 30 Under 30 Leader in Sustainability by GreenBiz in 2017 and by Corporate Knights Magazine in 2016, David has built his experience around space-based remote sensing programs at NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2014, David has led the Center for Development and Strategy 501(c)(3). In 2019 he completed a Fellowship with the Climate and Security Advisory Group, which is comprised of over 200 national security experts from the U.S. defense and climate science communities. In 2020, David was appointed on the Knowledge Board of the London, U.K. based International Society for Energy and Sustainability Research. David is currently an Acquisition Program Analyst with OBXtek, Inc. working for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics at the Pentagon.
David’s research is multidisciplinary and covers ground in environmental security, trade, and remote sensing capabilities in space. His research and writing has been featured in Just Security, The National Interest, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Slate, The Jerusalem Post, and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s New Security Beat with journal articles appearing in the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School Review, Inquiries Journal and Cornell International Affairs Review. He holds an M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management and Innovation and a B.A. in Economics and Geography and International Trade from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Brian Malczyk serves as Executive Director of the Center for Development and Strategy 501(c)(3) and is a Customer Success Manager at PartnerStack in Toronto, Ontario. Malczyk holds both a Master of Global Affairs and a B.A. from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He completed his graduate co-op at the United Nations Migration Agency in Geneva, Switzerland. Malczyk’s writing has been featured in various mediums, including The Diplomat and The Jerusalem Post. Prior to CDS, he produced original research on U.S. foreign policy as an International Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Juan Jimenez 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 New York, NY as a Financial Analyst. 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 Jimenez to the think tank, is its ability to have an impact on the community. Coming from a small developing country with poor economic roots, Jimenez 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.
Jimenez graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Buffalo with concentrations in International Business and Financial Analysis. At UB, he served as the Treasurer for UB’s Student Association, where he oversaw a budget of over $3.4 million.
Tim Robinson’s writing has been featured in top international affairs outlets including The Diplomat, War on the Rocks and has been cited in Foreign Policy. Robinson was a fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2018, where he conducted research on Turkish Foreign policy and defense strategy, with a particular focus on Turkish Air-Defense Strategy. Robinson holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a B.A. in History from Queen’s University. In addition to serving as CDS’s Editor-in-Chief, he previously served as Editor-in-Chief for Global Conversations.
Jeremiah is CDS’s Director of Communications and is working as a Public Affairs Consultant and Environmental Planner at Hardy Stevenson and Associates, Ltd. in Toronto, ON. He holds a Master’s in Environment and Sustainability and a B.A. in Political Science from Western University — as well a Professional Certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University.
Pariag’s multidisciplinary background has enabled him to explore a wide range of career opportunities allowing him to work with: Ontario Power Generation, The Nuclear Water Management Organization, Microsoft, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, KMW Energy, Peel Region, York Region, Metrolinx, Enbridge, and several others.
Yaniv is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He focuses on global security issues and how they can be analyzed through a complex systems lens. Prior to beginning his studies at SAIS, Cohen was a research intern at the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, where he co-authored weekly reports monitoring political, humanitarian, and security developments in Iraq, covering events such as the Kurdish independence referendum and the end of territorial control by the Islamic State in Iraq. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California – Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies, with concentration in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He received High Honors for his undergraduate thesis analyzing Israeli-Palestinian people-to-people civil society peacebuilding efforts. Before moving to the United States, Cohen grew up in Israel and served three years in the Israel Defense Force. He was the lead medic in Givati’s reconnaissance unit. Cohen currently resides in Bologna, Italy.
Carly Nicholson is a scientist, environmental advocate, and brand guru from Indiana, USA. Carly holds a B.S. in Earth-Space Science from the University of Indianapolis, and Masters in both Public Affairs and Environmental Science from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Carly has experience at the municipal, state, federal, and nonprofit level in environmental policy, digital communications, and strategic planning. Notably, she served as a Science Communications Fellow with the National Science Foundation – Geoscience Directorate. Carly is a freelance Personal Brand Consultant, Public Sector Advisory Consultant at Grant Thornton LLC, and Branding Specialist for the Center for Development and Strategy 501(c)(3). Her goal is to relay technical environmental and geoscience innovations to policy makers to foster thoughtful decision making.
Bethlehem is the External Relations Manager with CDS. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Management and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Having been raised in an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, she is drawn to study the nature and drivers of intractable and identity-based conflicts. In the past, Belachew has worked with the Ethiopian Ministry of Federal Affairs in designing government approaches to preventing and managing the onset of conflict. Most recently, she worked with FARM Africa’s BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation against Climate Extremes and Disasters) project where she produced a quantitative and qualitative analysis on the benefit of microfinance institutions in helping low-income households recover from natural disasters.
Belachew is fluent in Amharic, Arabic, French, and English; and her areas of interest include: climate change and the onset of conflict, process and design of negotiations, and international organizations as mediators in conflict.
Frederick Taylor holds a Master of Global of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He completed his graduate co-op at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., where he focused on creating opportunities for private sector involvement in the Bank’s development projects.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography from the University of Durham, where he focused his studies on using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing to understand climate change and natural hazards. His undergraduate dissertation utilised GIS and satellite data to investigate social and commercial risk from projected sea-level rise in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta.
Before university, Taylor was a ski instructor with the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School in Wengen, Switzerland. He remains a keen skier.
Jackie Berkowitz is the Senior Environmental Security Analyst for the Center of Development and Strategy while pursuing her Master’s degree at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a passion for identifying the origins of conflict and preventing future conflicts from occurring, specifically related to environmental issues such as food insecurity. Prior to joining CDS, Berkowitz interned at Control Risks in New York City with a focus on Crisis and Security Consulting where she identified primary risks for global companies and strategized ways to mitigate those risks. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Colgate University.
Sunny Petzinger is the Middle East Analyst for the Center for Development and Strategy in Washington, D.C. She previously worked for nine years for the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, managing security assistance in the Mideast and Europe. Petzinger holds a Master’s from the Tufts School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s in international affairs from American University, which included studies at the school’s Arabic Language Institute in Cairo. From 2016-2017, she was part of the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce detailed to the US Army as the political and civil affairs adviser in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Petzinger has previously published writing in The National Interest and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Hannah Rundle is a Sustainability Analyst with CDS and has been featured in top scientific and environmental policy outlets including Scientific American. She completed her Master of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She brings scientific laboratory experience and communication skills into CDS. Previously, Rundle conducted paleoecological research investigating the impact of climate change on freshwater algae in the Adirondacks, NY. Passionate about transboundary resource management, Rundle holds certification in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University. She is an advocate for accessible science communication and as such, enjoys combining her knowledge of environmental science with an understanding of international affairs to explore a variety of environmental issues in the global context. Rundle also holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
Dana Goodyear is a student meteorologist double minoring in Emergency Management and Mathematics at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. After her undergraduate studies she plans on obtaining a Master’s degree in atmospheric sciences with a focus on climate science. She is currently conducting meteorological and climate research by assessing the potential impact of climate variability on key pre-cursor parameters for severe weather in Southeast Pennsylvania. Passionate about studying the subject of climate change and the potential impacts, she would like to spend her career researching and finding solutions for mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Shannon Reault is a graduate student at Clark University pursuing a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS). In May 2020 she graduated from Clark with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth System Science and a minor in Geography. During her undergraduate career, Reault completed an honors thesis addressing sea ice persistence and seasonality in the Bering Sea in comparison to observed trends in the Barents Sea. Reault also conducted urban forestry research through a fellowship with the Human Environmental Research Observatory (HERO), which assessed thermal trends in Worcester MA in relation to canopy cover. While working as a GIS Analyst for CDS, Reault is also interning with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) program where she conducts research on methane emissions in Alaska.
Justin Leopold is an Environmental Security Analyst for the Center for the Development and Strategy based in Washington, D.C. He has worked for over five years in security affairs, for the Department of Homeland Security as well as in the private sector. Leopold has written widely on international affairs and threat convergence issues. His work has been featured in in academic journals at Columbia University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University, as well as The Diplomatic Courier, International Affairs Forum, and Foreign Policy News, and Inkstick. Leopold completed an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University school of Advanced Academic Programs, where his graduate thesis focused on threat convergence among Terrorist organizations and transnational organized crime. Prior to entering graduate school, Leopold volunteered to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, where he served in the Nahal infantry brigade.
Emma Schaechter-Santander is an Environmental Security Analyst for the Center of Development and Strategy. Based in Geneva, she is currently completing her Master’s degree in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. She attained her Bachelor’s in International Relations-Political Science from Wellesley College. Schaechter-Santander is passionate about climate migration, environmental justice, and the role of the environment in post-conflict settings. Previously, she interned for the US Department of State, the Panamanian Mission to the UN, the University of Miami’s Office of Hemispheric and Global Affairs, and the Miami Herald. In her spare time she helps steer the Miami Diaper Bank.
Gretta Elizondo is an Environmental Security Analyst for the Center for the Development and Strategy based Calgary, Alberta. She works as an Environmental Specialist for energy and infrastructure development projects. Gretta completed an M.Sc. by Research in Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology from the University of Manchester in England. Her research focused on the development of copper-tolerant microbes which could be used as a green alternative for the synthesis of nanoparticles, for metal recovery from waste and the remediation of soils and water. Elizondo also holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Calgary.
Elizondo is fluent in English and Spanish; her areas of interest include water resources, mining, sustainable practices in industry, and renewable energy.