Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most... more
Yanis is an associate research scientist and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). Dr. Ben Amor is also the Director of the Tropical Laboratory Initiative and is currently investigating the critical role of new diagnostics in the control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in developing countries. Dr. Ben Amor is responsible for the successful implementation of laboratories within the... more
Senior Staff and Principal Investigators
Nirupam Bajpai is a Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development and Director, South Asia Program at the Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York. He is also a Member of the Scientific Committee of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the UN Millennium... more
Radhika Iyengar has a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Teachers College in 2011. She received a distinction from Teachers College, Columbia University on her dissertation Social capital as a determinant of schooling in rural India: A mixed methods study. Her dissertation uses econometric models and Hierarchical Linear Modeling approaches in the quantitative section, along with case study in the qualitative... more
Lucia Rodriguez serves as the Director of the Global MDP Secretariat. For the past 20 years Dr. Lucia Rodriguez has been involved in the field of education. For six years, she worked at Teachers College, Columbia University and held various positions in the Department of Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She also has experience working with nonprofit organizations including the United Nations Association of the USA... more
Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, an endocrinologist and public health specialist. She received a BA from Harvard University, an MD from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sachs practiced medicine for over 20 years, 14 of which she spent at the Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Since 2005 she has been... more
Dr. Someshwar is research faculty at Columbia University, New York. At the Earth Institute, he is also Director, Climate Policy at the Center for Sustainable Development, and Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). At Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) he teaches the graduate level course “Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice”.... more
Safaa is a dentist and an epidemiologist who leads the Oral Health and Hygiene Program (OHHP). She coordinates the oral health related research efforts of the Earth Institute and Africa-based health teams. The OHHP is part of the on-going effort to promote personal hygiene and sanitation in developing countries and strives to address the knowledge gap surrounding oral health.
Dr Suliman’s current research... more
Management and Administrative Team
Joyce Chen is the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Sustainable Development. In this role, she supports the Executive Director with strategic planning, communications, fundraising, organizational management, and project development.
From 2011-2015, Joyce worked on the Millennium Villages Project health team where she focused on nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH... more
Sharon Paculor is Special Projects Coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Development, managing the logistics of Professor Sachs’ speaking engagements and overseeing special projects including the World Happiness Report and Ethics in Action for New York City and The Vatican. For over twelve years, Sharon worked in the architecture, engineering, and real... more
Justine Dowden, MPH is a graduate of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where she studied population and family health with a focus on health and human rights. In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda, Justine is currently co-leading a research study that investigates how having access to sanitary pads and/or reproductive health education affects the psychosocial well-being... more
Zelda is a Staff Research Associate working with the Tropical Lab Initiative (TLI) group. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked on international research projects in the fields of vector borne disease and maternal health in Panama, Austria, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa, and became involved with CSD in 2016 for an Ebola... more
Haein Shin is an Education Technical Adviser at CSD. She provides research, technical input and scholarship management for Connect To Learn and has worked in low-income areas across 10 countries in West and East Africa, India, Myanmar and the MENA region. She has implemented youth and community education programs in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps and developed teaching and learning resources to... more
Tara is an education and creative media professional with extensive experience as a program manager working in diverse education settings. In her three years with Connect To Learn, Tara has managed a year-long study in Kenya and Uganda identifying best practices to integrating technology tools in rural, resource-poor classrooms, coordinated CTL's scholarship programs in ten countries in sub-Saharan... more
Sybil is a senior at Columbia College from Lebanon studying mathematics and philosophy. She has previously interned in Hong Kong and Dubai on data analytics projects.