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.
With a Syrian Jewish heritage from Aleppo, David’s research has been inspired by human insecurity in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. His writing is multidisciplinary and covers ground in resource security, intelligence, technology, sustainability, and global trade. David’s writing and research has been published with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Journal of Science Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School Review, Inquiries 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.
Brian serves as Executive Director of the Center for Development and Strategy 501(c)(3). He is currently Vice Chair of Esonance, a Toronto-based performance consultancy.
Brian is a Master of Global Affairs Candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. As part of his professional program, he completed a graduate internship at the UN Migration Agency in Geneva, Switzerland. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto’s Munk School, where he led Canada’s oldest Model United Nations conference, and previously graduated as Valedictorian of St. Michael’s Choir School.
Brian’s writing has been featured in various mediums, including Israel’s largest English-speaking newspaper, the Jerusalem Post. Prior to CDS, he produced original research on US foreign policy as an International Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Chris Whitman joined CDS’s Board of Directors in August 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Development for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition). Previously, Chris worked for almost a decade on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both academically and in the non-profit sector. Born and raised in Marlborough, Mass., Chris lived in the West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah while obtaining his M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 2011 to 2016, he worked for various Palestinian and Israeli non-profits, focusing on labor rights, women-led media, educational development and other issues. In addition to programmatic implementation, Chris worked on the advocacy and communications level with both Palestinian and Israeli legislators to protect marginalized communities. During his tenure, Chris was able to diversify and secure funding from established institutions such as the European Union and created individual giving programs at several small local non-profits that had relied exclusively on institutional giving.
Brittany Bennett joined CDS’s Board of Directors in August 2018 and serves as the Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World. She has been a part of ESW for five years since 2012, starting in her first year at Smith College where she was a Chapter President. Brittany was involved in one of ESW-Smith’s premiere projects – the design of a cargo bicycle to transport goods for Dining Services. After winning Smith’s “Sustainable Leader” award, Brittany went on to become the first Director of Chapter Relations at ESW-Headquarters in 2013. As Director, Brittany restructured the relationship between ESW chapters and Headquarters. Brittany is also the author of ESW’s Chapter Leader Guide. After a year with ESW-HQ, she decided to pursue her passion for K-12 education. Brittany created new STEM lesson plans, workshops, and other educational content for ESW. She was later promoted to Deputy Director, and eventually became the Executive Director of ESW. As ED, Brittany is dedicated to supporting projects, both student and professional, that have a lasting sustainable impact on campuses, in communities, and in the world.
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.
Tim Robinson was a fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in the summer of 2018, where he conducted research on Turkish Foreign policy and defense strategy, with a particular focus on Turkish Air-Defense Strategy. Tim is also a Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. In addition to serving as CDS’s Editor-in-Chief, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for Global Conversations, the Munk school’s student publication on a broad range of topics pertaining to global affairs. Tim is also an executive on the planning-committee for the Munk Mining Conference, an annual conference in Toronto that explores issues and innovations in the mining sector. He previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.
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.
Jeremiah’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.
Bethlehem is a second year MA candidate studying Conflict Management and International Economics at 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, Bethlehem 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 lowincome households recover from natural disasters.
Bethlehem 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. Currently, her thesis project explores the use of economic incentives in establishing peace processes.
Joachim is a French national who currently serves as an Energy Policy Consultant with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IIISD). His work is both qualitative and quantitative in nature as he vies to reform fossil fuel subsidies, phase-out coal in developing countries, and develop policies that enable an easy transition to renewables. Joachim previously worked as a research intern at UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) to assist with various projects in the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development programme, including projects on just energy transitions, and climate justice and sustainable development linkages. Joachim is interested in green growth, social policy, and how to integrate climate change policy with local livelihoods. His Master’s dissertation was on how to promote a solar industrial policy in India and the federal challenges of ensuring equitable development within different states.
Joachim also worked for LSE Enterprise and Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton. He also did an internship in Peru with Nexos Voluntarios, working on a community-based development scheme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Political Science and Economics, and a Master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Geordie Jeakins is a Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Prior to beginning the multidisciplinary Masters program, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Degree in History and International Relations. As an Innovation Policy intern at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Geordie led the Provincial Innovation Mapping project to identify and assess gaps and overlaps between Federal and Provincial innovation supports.
In addition to his role as Environmental Security Analyst at CDS, Geordie has extensive written experience. As Written Contributor and Director of Written Content for Global Conversations, Senior Correspondent for The Organization for World Peace, and Senior Associate at the Global Risk Observatory, he has researched and written dozens of published works on topics related to security, economics, and the environment.
Frederick Taylor is a Master of Global of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He previously completed an internship at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, where he focused on creating opportunities for private sector involvement in the Bank’s development projects.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography from the University of Durham, specialising in climate change, natural hazards, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing. His dissertation utilised GIS and satellite data to investigate social and commercial risk from projected sea-level rise in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta.
Before university, Frederick was a ski instructor with the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School in Wengen, Switzerland. He remains a keen skier.
Joe served in the U.S. Air Force for over 4 years, working in military law enforcement, security and intelligence. He deployed to the Middle-East protecting US military and coalition forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving the military he worked as an Armed Protective Security Officer for the Federal Protective Service within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He then went on to work as an Executive Protection Agent for ultra high-net-worth clients ranging from filmmakers to business moguls.
Joe currently is an interdisciplinary student at Arizona state University concentrating in business and sustainability. He plans to continue his studies in graduate school, specializing in international climate security and sustainable energy.