CSEN Experts

Reports and policy briefs of the Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN) are written by experts with extensive local expertise on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North America. The experts either come from the region or have years of experience working there. CSEN is continuously expanding, with more experts joining and ensuring even better regional representation.  

Worldmap CSEN network

CSEN reports go through an international peer review process. The risk briefs have been discussed with stakeholders in and from the respective regions at dialogues in Dhaka, Nairobi, NiameyRabatKathmandu, Tokyo and virtually. CSEN experts may be available to contribute expertise, for example providing interviews or analysis on a variety of topics at the intersections of climate change, security, foreign policy, and development. 


CONTACT: secretariat@climate-security-expert-network.org.




Ayan Mahamoud

CSEN Expert

Boubacar T. Assoumana

CSEN Expert

Chitra Nagarajan

CSEN Expert

Christophe Hodder

CSEN Expert

Matthew Brubacher

CSEN Expert

Milen Yishak

CSEN Expert
Oli Brown, author, climate, security, conflict

Oli Brown

CSEN Expert

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

CSEN Expert

Sagal Abshir

CSEN Expert

Salma Kadry

CSEN Expert

Asia and the Pacific


Coral Pasisi

CSEN Expert
Dhanasree Jayaram, author, south asia, climate diplomacy

Dhanasree Jayaram

CSEN Expert

Mely Caballero-Anthony

CSEN Expert

Saleemul Huq

CSEN Expert

Latin America and the Caribbean

author, Brazil, Latin America, Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

CSEN Expert

Carlos Fuller

CSEN Expert
Christianne Zakour_CSEN expert

Christianne Zakour


Herman Rosa Chávez

CSEN Expert

Middle East


Marwa Daoudy

CSEN Expert

Matthew Brubacher

CSEN Expert

North America


Adam Day

CSEN Expert

Geoff Dabelko

CSEN Expert

Marisol Maddox

CSEN Expert

Hon. Sharon E. Burke

CSEN Expert


Adam Day_CSEN expert

Adam Day is the Director of Programmes at the UN University Centre for Policy Research. He focuses on North America.

POLICY PAPER What Can the UN Security Council Do on Climate and Security?

Adriana Abdenur_CSEN expert

Adriana Erthal Abdenur is Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ, a member of the UN ECOSOC Committee on Development Policy (CPD), the Global Climate Commission, and the Weathering Risk Strategic Advisory Board. She focuses on South America, particularly Brazil.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Latin America and the Caribbean (available in Spanish)

Ayan Mahamoud_CSEN expert

Ayan Mahamoud is a Senior Programme Coordinator at IGAD, and her focus is on the Horn of Africa.

PODCAST Regional cooperation for climate security: a look into the Horn of Africa

Boubacar Assoumana_CSEN expert

Boubacar T. Assoumana is currently working with AGRHYMET Regional Centre, a specialised institution of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). His focus is on the Sahel region.

Carlos Fueller_CSEN expert

Carlos Fuller is the Regional and International Liaison Officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. He focuses on the Caribbean Island States, particularly Belize

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: The Caribbean

Chitra Nagarajan_CSEN expert

Chitra Nagarajan is an independent researcher working on civilian protection, climate change, conflict analysis and sensitivity, gender and social inclusion, peacebuilding, and human rights. She focuses on West Africa and the Sahel region.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Mali

PODCAST Let´s talk about Mali: The impacts of climate change on insecurity and gender inequality

Christophe Hodder_CSEN expert

Christophe Hodder is the first UN Climate Security and Environmental Advisor. He focuses on Somalia.

Climate change and security in the UN Assistance Mission to Somalia

PODCAST When a country mandate includes climate language: lessons from UNSOM

Coral Pasisi_CSEN expert

Coral Pasisi is the Director of the Sustainable Pacific Consultancy and President of Tofia Niue, a Non Profit Organisation focused on Ocean Sustainable Management. She focuses on the Pacific Islands region.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Pacific Islands Region

Dhanasree Jayaram_CSEN expert

Dhanasree Jayaram is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-Coordinator of the Centre for Climate Studies at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). She focuses on South Asia.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: South Asia

PODCAST South Asia on the brink: A look at climate change to help address the region's compound fragilities

Geoff Dabelko_CSEN expert

Geoff Dabelko is Professor and Associate Dean in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and is senior advisor to the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center. He focuses on North America.

Herman Rosa Chavez_CSEN expert

Herman Rosa Chávez is a researcher-consultant and former Minister of Environment of El Salvador. He focuses on Central America, particularly El Salvador

Marisol Maddox_CSEN expert

Marisol Maddox is an Arctic analyst at the Polar Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. She focuses on the Arctic region

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: The Arctic

PODCASTS What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic and  Climate Security around the world: examples of locally informed solutions

Marwa Daoudy_CSEN expert

Marwa Daoudy is Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the Seif Ghobash Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). She focuses on the Middle East, particularly Syria.
Matthew Brubacher_CSEN expert

Matthew Brubacher is Program Manager for Climate Security in the Horn of Africa with the UN Climate Security Mechanism. He focuses on Libya and the Horn of Africa.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Libya

PODCAST Climate security and the tyranny of the immediate in Libya

Mely Caballero-Anthony_CSEN expert

Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Centre for Non-traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She focuses on the Asia-Pacific region

Milen Yishek_CSEN expert

Milen Yishak is a consultant with the Climate Security Expert Network. She focuses on Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Ethiopia

Oli Brown_CSEN expert

Oli Brown is Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House. He focuses on Afghanistan, Kenya, Sierra Leone, North Africa and the Sahel region.

Climate-Fragility Risk Briefs: AfghanistanNorth Africa and Sahel (available in French) and The Sahel

POLICY PAPER Europe and Climate Security - Is Europe Delivering on its Rhetoric?

PODCASTS Hot days ahead: How climate impacts are pushing Afghanistan’s multiple burdens to the brink and The UNSC's role in addressing climate related security risks

Ottilia Maunganidze_CSEN expert

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze ead of Special Projects at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). She focuses on Southern Africa.

Climate-Fragility Risk Brief: Southern Africa

PODCAST Climate Security around the world: examples of locally informed solutions

Sagal Abshir_CSEN expert

Sagal Abshir is a lawyer, writer and researcher currently working on political, climate and governance issues in the Horn of Africa.

POLICY BRIEF Climate Change and Security in the Horn Of Africa - Can Europe Help to Reduce the Risks?

PODCAST Climate Security around the world: examples of locally informed solutions

Saleemul Huq_CSEN expert

Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD). He focuses on South Asia.

Salma Kadry_CSEN expert

Salma Kadry is a Researcher at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA). She focuses on North Africa.

Sharon Burke_CSEN expert

Sharon E. Burke directs the Resource Security Group at New America. She has served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. government, most recently as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy. She focuses on the United States.


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