Meet the Team

The Youth Solutions Report is a flagship project of SDSN Youth, the global youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), launched in 2012 by the Secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and directed by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs. The work on the Youth Solutions platform is managed by the Solutions Initiatives team of SDSN Youth.

DARIO PISELLI Project Leader Dario currently works as a Research Officer for the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, where he is also a PhD candidate in International Law. He holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from the University of Siena.  With SDSN Youth, Dario coordinated the #KnowYourGoals global campaign and currently serves as its representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. His main areas of work are international environmental law, biodiversity conservation, ocean governance, climate change, and global health.

DARIO PISELLI

Project Leader

Dario currently works as a Research Officer for the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, where he is also a PhD candidate in International Law. He holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from the University of Siena. 

With SDSN Youth, Dario coordinated the #KnowYourGoals global campaign and currently serves as its representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. His main areas of work are international environmental law, biodiversity conservation, ocean governance, climate change, and global health.


ZENNA LAW Project Officer (Operations) Zenna is a UCL graduate with a degree in Russian politics. She has interned at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia at the United Nations in Geneva on issues of human rights, intellectual property, WMDs, and the nuclear ban treaty. She is currently working to develop a campaign initiative in to Malaysia realise the rights and self-agency of foreign domestic workers and migrants. While in London, Zenna worked year-round as a UCL Global Ambassador as well as conference coordinator for the youth division of British Pugwash to bring forward nuclear disarmament efforts. 

ZENNA LAW

Project Officer (Operations)

Zenna is a UCL graduate with a degree in Russian politics. She has interned at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia at the United Nations in Geneva on issues of human rights, intellectual property, WMDs, and the nuclear ban treaty. She is currently working to develop a campaign initiative in to Malaysia realise the rights and self-agency of foreign domestic workers and migrants.

While in London, Zenna worked year-round as a UCL Global Ambassador as well as conference coordinator for the youth division of British Pugwash to bring forward nuclear disarmament efforts. 


DOMINIQUE MAINGOT Adviser Dominique is a lawyer with a background in sustainability and environmental organizations. She has previously worked in a range of legal, research, and writing roles with NGOs such as the United Nations Environment Programme, World Wildlife Fund, and Environmental Defenders Office in Australia. Dominique is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and holds a Juris Doctor degree in law from The University of Sydney, and a BA from Boston University. She is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Before becoming an Adviser for the Solutions Initiatives team, Dominique was a Project Officer with SDSN Youth.

DOMINIQUE MAINGOT

Adviser

Dominique is a lawyer with a background in sustainability and environmental organizations. She has previously worked in a range of legal, research, and writing roles with NGOs such as the United Nations Environment Programme, World Wildlife Fund, and Environmental Defenders Office in Australia.

Dominique is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and holds a Juris Doctor degree in law from The University of Sydney, and a BA from Boston University. She is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. Before becoming an Adviser for the Solutions Initiatives team, Dominique was a Project Officer with SDSN Youth.


FERNANDA MARTINELLI Project Officer (Events) Fernanda is a sustainable development scientist passionate about generating data and easy-to-understand information to empower society to make responsible decisions about the environment. For the last five years, Fernanda has led science-based projects regarding poverty, deforestation, and urban challenges in Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon region - three of them years working for the global NGO Conservation International (CI). She holds a Master from the Global Master Development Program (MDP/UFRRJ) and a postgraduate  certificate in Environmental Management from TU Dresden (Germany). 

FERNANDA MARTINELLI

Project Officer (Events)

Fernanda is a sustainable development scientist passionate about generating data and easy-to-understand information to empower society to make responsible decisions about the environment. For the last five years, Fernanda has led science-based projects regarding poverty, deforestation, and urban challenges in Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon region - three of them years working for the global NGO Conservation International (CI).

She holds a Master from the Global Master Development Program (MDP/UFRRJ) and a postgraduate  certificate in Environmental Management from TU Dresden (Germany). 


KANIKA JOSHI Project Officer (Fundraising) Kanika works as a Research Associate with IFMR LEAD and has a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Development Practices from TERI, University of New Delhi. Her previous engagements include social research in Uttarakhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Delhi. She has experience in participatory appraisals with tribal/rural/peri urban communities and in implementing interventions in the livelihoods sector. She has worked with The Energy Resource Institute, SELCO Foundation and HCL Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from University of Delhi and is a keen contemporary dancer.

KANIKA JOSHI

Project Officer (Fundraising)

Kanika works as a Research Associate with IFMR LEAD and has a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Development Practices from TERI, University of New Delhi. Her previous engagements include social research in Uttarakhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Delhi.

She has experience in participatory appraisals with tribal/rural/peri urban communities and in implementing interventions in the livelihoods sector. She has worked with The Energy Resource Institute, SELCO Foundation and HCL Foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from University of Delhi and is a keen contemporary dancer.


SUSHIL RAJAGOPALAN Project Officer (Research) Sushil is currently engaged as Research Assistant with the Graduate School of Sustainability of Arizona State University, where he is also pursuing his PhD in Sustainability. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University. Sushil has previously worked with TERI University, the Institute of Rural Management of Anand (IRMA) and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. For past four years, he has been working on projects relating to climate resilient development in South-east Asia with sectoral focus on energy and agriculture.

SUSHIL RAJAGOPALAN

Project Officer (Research)

Sushil is currently engaged as Research Assistant with the Graduate School of Sustainability of Arizona State University, where he is also pursuing his PhD in Sustainability. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice from
TERI University.

Sushil has previously worked with TERI University, the Institute of Rural Management of Anand (IRMA) and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. For past four years, he has been working on projects relating to climate resilient development in South-east Asia with sectoral focus on energy and agriculture.


THOMAZ TALARICO Project Officer (Media Strategy) Thomaz is a Mechanical Engineering student who currently works at the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), supporting new UN-citizen collaboration models to advance with the SDGs at the local level.   Previously, he worked at the OECD as a Policy Analyst Trainee contributing to social innovation and SME-related policy frameworks for South East Europe economies. Thomaz was a delegate to the G20 Youth Summit in China (2016) on “Entrepreneurship and Creative Thinking” and a finalist of the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance in 2016/2017.

THOMAZ TALARICO

Project Officer (Media Strategy)

Thomaz is a Mechanical Engineering student who currently works at the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), supporting new UN-citizen collaboration models to advance with the SDGs at the local level.
 
Previously, he worked at the OECD as a Policy Analyst Trainee contributing to social innovation and SME-related policy frameworks for South East Europe economies. Thomaz was a delegate to the G20 Youth Summit in China (2016) on “Entrepreneurship and Creative Thinking” and a finalist of the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance in 2016/2017.