Our Team

CSD Leadership

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director

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... more

Yanis Ben Amor

Yanis Ben Amor

Executive Director

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... more

Senior Staff and Principal Investigators

Tony Annett

Tony Annett

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor

Tony Annett is a Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Working closely with Religions for Peace, he leads the Earth Institute’s initiative to strengthen the engagement of the world’s religious communities in the climate change and sustainable development agenda. Trained as an economist, Tony has a... more

Nirupam Bajpai

Nirupam Bajpai

Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development

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... more

Radhika Iyengar

Radhika Iyengar

Director, Education Sector

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... more

Lucia Rodriguez

Lucia Rodriguez

Director, Global MDP Secretariat

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... more

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs

Director, Health Sector
Sonia Ehrlich Sachs is a pediatrician and public health specialist. She received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. A pediatrician with a specialty in pediatric endocrinology, Sonia practiced medicine for over 20 years, 14 of which she spent at the Harvard University... more
Shiv Someshwar

Shiv Someshwar

Director, Climate Policy

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 “... more

Safaa Suliman

Safaa Suliman

Project Director, Oral Health & Hygiene

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... more

Management and Administrative Team

Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives

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... more

Debbie Creque

Senior Business Manager
Saloni Jain

Saloni Jain

Special Assistant to the Director

Saloni Jain is Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, where she assists Professor Sachs on research and accompanies him on relevant travel. She is a recent graduate from Columbia College where she studied Sustainable Development with a focus on green architecture and sustainable urban food systems. Saloni has interned at the... more

Tim Johnston

Senior Program Manager

Heidi Kleedtke

Senior Executive Assistant to the Director
Sharon Paculor

Sharon Paculor

Special Projects Coordinator to the Director

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... more

Technical Specialists

Klubosumo Johnson Borh

Klubosumo Johnson Borh

Budget and TAP Program Manager

Mr. Borh has a Masters of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration (SEA/Management Fellow Program) and Field of Practice in International Social Welfare from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Mr. Borh also has a B.S. Degree in Economics from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University College and a diploma with... more

Justine Dowden

Justine Dowden

Data Analyst

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... more

Zelda Moran

Zelda Moran

Staff Research Associate

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... more

Haein Shin

Haein Shin

Education Technical Adviser

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... more

Tara Stafford Ocansey

Tara Stafford Ocansey

Senior Education Technology Specialist

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... more

Interns

Abhinav Seetharam

Abhinav Seetharam

Intern

Abhinav is an intern at the Earth Institute and the 1Million Community Health Workers Campaign. Having joined in June 2016, his work focuses on helping connect Information-Communciation-Technology (ICT) and healthcare in Ghana, by creating a unique identification system for all Ghanaians. He was recently selected as a recipient of the Earth Institute Fall Research... more