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

Senior Project Advisor (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.



Senior Project Advisor (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.



Project Officer (Digital Ecosystem)

Inna recently completed her PhD in climate change and sustainability at Hong Kong University Law School. After receiving a First Class Honours Law Degree from the University of Birmingham, she worked for a top US law firm in London and gained experience at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Next, Inna embarked on a start-up journey at Google Campus in London, where she developed a passion for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Inna then spent four years in Hong Kong, focusing on international climate change law and sustainability. She is passionate about social inclusion and development and her goal is to contribute towards shaping our ever-changing world, supercharging the GreenTech entrepreneurship ecosystem. She is fascinated by breakthrough innovations in the fields of technology, renewable energy and science.



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.




Project Officer (Data Partnerships)

Yuri is a UCL graduate with a degree in International Public Policy. He has worked in the consulting industry previously for 2 years, while running a youth Think Tank, Youth IDEAS, for the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, one of the largest youth-targeted NGOs in Hong Kong. Yuri is currently working as an initiator of community workshops, including Telling Story with Data, Presenting with Impact, and Mindfulness x Chinese Calligraphy. He is currently working on a social project focusing on positive education in Hong Kong. 

Yuri is a featured speaker at TED. He has spoken for TEDxSOAS and TEDxLingnanUniversity. He is working as a Volunteer Consultant for Asian Charity Services, serving NGOs through advising on the relevant skills and capabilities.



Project Officer (Strategy and Communications)

Amy is currently the Digital Communications Manager at Sustainia, a sustainability advisory group based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She juggles multiple roles, from running social media campaigns to developing media partnerships and managing the online community (while making sure there are chocolates at the workplace). Before she moved to Scandinavia, she had worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, covering environmental, health and sustainability news for three and a half years, during which her passion for sustainability communication and storytelling grew. 

Amy holds an MSc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and furthered her studies in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University with the support of the Scholarship Foundation of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. She also holds a BA (1st Hons) in Anthropology from the Chinese University in Hong Kong.



Project Officer (Strategy and Communications)

Kira is a Master’s Candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is pursuing an MA in International Affairs, focusing her studies on Environment and Sustainability. At the Institute, she is an active member of the IHEID Environmental Committee, through which she assisted with Swiss Sustainability Week and also presented a workshop at Geneva’s International Climate Show 2018. She is also currently working on an initiative with Impact Hub (Geneva and Lausanne) regarding the Circular Economy in the Arc Lémanique. 

Kira holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, during which she did an exchange at Lund University.

Madeleine Setiono

Project Officer (Operations)

Madeleine is a senior at the University of Michigan, studying Economics and International Studies with a focus on political economy and development. She is leading a team at a nonprofit working to provide clean water access in rural areas in Indonesia and develop their communities. Currently, she is working on an initiative to promote traditional East Nusa Tenggaran kain. She has previously interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in the environment sustainability and economic development office and founded a student conference on Indonesia’s digital economy. Upon graduation, she plans to intern at a think tank in Washington D.C.

Zoltán Tarnai

Network Development Intern (Youth Solutions Hub)

Zoltán is pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations at Central European University, Budapest, and is currently participating in Bard College’s Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York. He also holds a BA in International Relations from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and spent an exchange semester at SciencesPo, Paris and an academic year at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.

Zoltán previously worked for the U.S. Embassy in Budapest and the European Commission Representation in Hungary. He was also part of the UN Youth Association in Hungary, the International Diplomatic Student Association for three years. Zoltán’s main areas of interest are energy policy and energy markets, and therefore has a strong interest in the SDGs related to climate change, sustainable energy solutions, responsible consumption and production, as well as global economic issue.