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 under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General, and directed by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs. The work on the Youth Solutions platform is managed by the Solutions Initiatives team of SDSN Youth.


Project Leader

Dario currently works as a Research Officer for the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, where he is also a PhD candidate in International Law. He previously worked as a Research Officer for the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. In 2017, he was a co-recipient of an Erasmus+ grant for Jean Monnet Modules (project title: European Union Law and Sustainable Development), and is now the Program Manager of the Module, which is hosted by 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. 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.


Julian Payne

Project Co-Leader (Access to Finance)

Prior to joining the Solutions Initiatives team, Julian served as the Project Leader for SDSN Youth's work on Youth, Peace & Security and as a member of its Research & Policy team, acting as a source of feedback on SDSN and UN reports. Julian also works as an analyst at the Carbon Trust, most recently working on Mission Innovation, an initiative in which 20 countries pledged to double their clean energy R&D expenditure up to 2020.

Prior to joining SDSN Youth, Julian worked as a research associate at the Constitution Unit, a think tank housed in UCL’s Department of Political Science, and as a research assistant at the Konstanz Science Forum. Julian holds an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a BA in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Konstanz and the University of Durham.



Project Co-Leader (Access to Finance)

Alex has recently returned to SDSN Youth, after serving as Project Leader for Operations/Networks until 2017. Alex Clark is an assistant analyst on CPI’s climate finance team, in its San Francisco office. Prior to joining CPI, Alex undertook a wide-ranging fellowship at Harvard University and conducted research on the geopolitics of renewable energy and electric vehicles. He also led a team advising the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation on their climate change programming.

Alex currently coordinates Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Action. He has represented Young European Leadership at the COP21 and COP22 climate conferences. He has previously worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the debt capital markets division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. He holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from Oxford University and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Warwick University.


Lina M. Rodriguez

Project Officer (Strategy and Communications)



Project Officer (Youth Solutions Report)

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.



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). 



Project Officer (Investment Readiness Program)

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. 



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. Recently, he has also been involved in several projects relating to citizen-generated data.




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, WWF, 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.