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David Jensen
Head of ECP

Matti Lehtonen
Inter-Agency Affairs

Andrew Morton
Greening of Peacekeeping

Dag Seierstad
Extractive Resources
and Environmental Change

Pauliina Upla
Environmental Peacebuilding

Katrine Sorensen
Renewable Energy

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Adrienne Stork
Adrienne Stork is a Project Advisor working in the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding (ECP) Programme of UNEP's Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. She has been working with UNEP in Geneva, Switzerland since October 2009. Adrienne's work in ECP is focused on policy development and inter-agency partnerships. Her current work focuses on women, natural resources and peacebuilding in partnership with the UN Development Programme, UN Women and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. She is also the focal point for the UNEP-UNDP Joint Initiative on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and natural resource management, including the development of new policy guidance for the UN Integrated DDR Standards, a forthcoming policy report (2013) and training materials. Within the UN, Adrienne has also worked with UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative on promoting sustainable value chain development for reintegration in peacebuilding settings. Prior to joining the UN, she worked with the US National Marine Protected Areas Center and the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as community development and conservation with a private foundation in Latin America. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina and a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

David Jensen
David Jensen heads the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding programme of the UN Environment Programme. His portfolio of work focuses on how natural resources contribute to conflict, as well as how they can be managed in ways that create jobs, sustain livelihoods, and contribute to economic recovery and peacebuilding, without creating new grievances or significant environmental degradation. He has worked on 15 post-conflict operations from Afghanistan and Iraq to Sierra Leone and more recently in Cote d'Ivoire. In addition to field work, he also focuses on integrating natural resource risks and opportunities across UN policies on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. He is currently co-managing a new series of six flagship books on natural resources and peacebuilding involving over 230 contributors capturing lessons learned from over 50 different post-conflict countries. He is also the co-editor of one of the books within the series entitled “Assessing and Restoring Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding” published on 6 November 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science from the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Oxford.

Matti Lehtonen
Matti Lehtonen is a Policy Officer in the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). Serving as the environmental focal point in the PBSO, Matti Lehtonen’s special focus is on environmental sources of conflict and environmentally sensitive peacebuilding. His work includes good practices in environmental security and peacebuilding as well as policy advice with a view to mainstreaming environmentally related concerns into peacebuilding strategies and plans. Previously Matti has worked in the Balkans, assessing the political situation and stability in the framework of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy missions. During 2005-2007, he was the Head of EU Monitoring Mission’s Mission Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Other assignments have included two years in the European Commission’s Delegation to Venezuela, work in the waste management sector of the Baltic states, and the Council of Europe as well as the Council of Europe's Bank.

Ivan Blazevic
Ivan Blazevic is a Programme Officer at UNEP’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, leading UNEP’s technical assistance to the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO and DFS) that aims to reduce the environmental impact of peace operations. This assistance includes policy and guidance development, implementation of projects in the field and provision of training across a wide range of environmental topics including energy, water, waste management, environmental management and assessment, green building, ecology, and protection of cultural and historic heritage. Ivan was a key member of the team behind the recently published policy review report titled, “Greening the Blue Helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations", which is the first comprehensive assessment of the way UN peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by the environment and natural resources. Prior to joining UNEP in September 2011, Ivan worked as a civil engineer and a green building expert for major international engineering consultancies and in the post-conflict humanitarian sector.  He initiated the first environmental assessment of a humanitarian shelter project using the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) methodology in the Nahr el-Barred refugee camp in Lebanon. He holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Westminster and an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales.  He is a licensed BREEAM assessor, and is a BREEAM and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional.

Cassidy Travis
Cassidy Travis is a member of the Disasters and Conflicts policy coordination team in the Post-Conflict Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) in Geneva, Switzerland. She assists with project development and coordination of the Branch’s field operations, resource mobilization, and provides research and policy support. Her work in ECP is largely focused on analyzing the links between gender, natural resources and peacebuilding. Cassidy is also supporting the development of a natural resource management risk index. Prior to joining PCDMB, Cassidy worked in various sectors of environmental policy including the Clean Air Markets Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of Conservation Voters an environmental nonprofit active in voter education, policy making and advocacy efforts, and the United States Senate. Cassidy holds a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University and a M.A. in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University and certificate in International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy.”

Nicolás Cisneros
Nicolás Cisneros, works for the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding Programme at UNEP’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch. He has been working with UNEP in Geneva since August 2012. During his time at ECP he has worked on the development of a natural resource governance index, an assessment of natural resources in Côte d’Ivoire, and a report entitled Haiti-Dominican Republic: Environmental Challenges in the Border Zone. He is interested in the development of economic policies that enable governments to harness natural resource windfalls and contribute to growth and development. Prior to joining UNEP he worked in investment banking and the financial services industry, working at Wachovia Securities, Merrill Lynch, and for a leading financial and management consultancy in the water and wastewater utilities sector. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College, an M.A. in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and a certificate in Intellectual Property from the World Intellectual Property Organization.


Dennis Hamro-Drotz
Dennis Hamro-Drotz is a Finnish national who worked for UNEP's Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding programme during 2009-2013. Today he works as Commercial Director / Senior Consultant for Alleco Ltd., a Finnish environmental consultancy company specialised in the marine and freshwater environment. In his work for the UNEP, Dennis focused on natural resource management, conflict prevention, mediation and resolution in conflict and disaster areas. Mr. Hamro-Drotz has been involved in UNEP projects and assessments in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Sahel region in West Africa and Central Asia. Prior to his engagement with UNEP he worked for the Nordic Investment Bank as environmental expert. He has also previously worked within the private sector, served as a diver with the Finnish Navy and directed documentary films for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. He holds a Masters of Science in physical geography and marine biology from the University of Helsinki as well as a Masters of Science (economics) from the Hanken School of Economics.

Brendan Bromwich
Brendan Bromwich brings together extensive practical experience in natural resource governance and peace-building with a background in conventional water and environmental strategic planning and project management. He coordinated UNEP's work in Sudan from 2007-2013 following a period of WASH project management, community peace-building and action research in Darfur from 2004-2007. UNEP's innovative Sudan Integrated Environment Project included the development of a number of new approaches to environment, peace-building and humanitarian interventions that have now been taken up elsewhere. Prior to his assignments in Sudan, he worked as an engineer and strategic planner Europe, Asia and the Gulf on water supply, waste water and pollution control. He has particular interests in Integrated Water Resources Management and in the links between good governance, peace-building and conflict mitigation.

Carl Bruch
Carl Bruch is a Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI); he also co-chairs the IUCN Specialist Group on Armed Conflict and the Environment. Mr. Bruch's research focuses on making environmental law work. He has helped many countries develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage water resources, biodiversity, forests, and other natural resources. He is an authority on the means to prevent, reduce, mitigate, and compensate for damage to the environment during armed conflict. He edited and co-edited six books, including The Environmental Consequences of War: Legal, Economic, and Scientific Perspectives (Cambridge University Press 2000), and authored dozens of scholarly articles. He holds a JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, MA in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and BS in physics from Michigan State University. - See more at:

Erin Mccandless
Erin McCandless has close to twenty years experience, over nine years in conflict and post-conflict recovery contexts globally, with in-depth experience in Africa. She has authored over fifty publications, including three books - on social movements and change in Zimbabwe, peace research methods, and a reader on peacebuidling and development in Africa. Her areas of specialization include: peacebuilding and development related strategic frameworks, conflict sensitivity, inter-agency and UN Mission coordination, civil-society-government and donor relations, governance related capacity-building, addressing post-conflict war economy challenges, poverty reduction strategy processes, evaluation methods – in particular peace, conflict impact assessment related. She is a (Ph.D. American University) scholar, practitioner and policy advisor focused on peacebuilding, statebuilding and development.

Josie Lianna Kaye
Lianna Kaye is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR)and a Staff Associate at Columbia University. Josie has worked with various United Nations agencies in Kenya, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and New York on issues such as mediation support, border management and security, humanitarian aid, and natural resource management. Josie also worked as a research consultant at the International Peace Institute (IPI) looking at the assessment tools donors use to grapple with country context.

Patricia I. Vasquez
Patricia Vasquez is an independent energy expert, a former Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and an advisor on energy and sustainable development issues. Previously, she was the head of the Latin America Department at Energy Intelligence and is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Policy Group. She specializes in the oil and natural gas sectors and has authored a new book "Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations and Natural Resources".

Belinda Bowling
Belinda Bowling worked as head of UNEP PCDMB's Afghanistan office from 2009 to 2011. Prior to her appointment as Programme Manager, she worked in the Afghanistan office as the Environmental Law, Policy and Conventions Expert for four years. During the time she was employed in this capacity, she was instrumental in the design, development and implementation of an environmental regulatory framework for Afghanistan, including the drafting and promulgation of legislation. She has worked extensively with environmental authorities towards improving the institutional and technical capacity of Afghan officials, particularly in regard to implementing environmental law and multilateral environmental agreements. Before joining UNEP in October 2003, Belinda worked as an environmental attorney and legislative and policy consultant, working with both the public and private sectors, primarily in the southern African region. Prior to specializing in environmental law, she worked as a commercial attorney. She holds a BA LLB LLM (Marine and Environmental Law) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Oli Brown
Oli Brown has been involved with UNEP PCDMB's work in some fashion since 2007. First he was as a senior researcher for the Canadian think-tank, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which partnered with PCDMB to help convene its Expert Advisory Group. In that capacity Oli co-authored the publication "From Conflict to Peacebuilding: the role of natural resources and the environment". In 2010 Oli moved to Sierra Leone where he managed a small country programme on environmental cooperation for peacebuilding, reporting both to PCDMB and the the UN Department for Political Affairs. Since April 2012 he has been an independent consultant, affiliated with Chatham House and working closely with the UNEP Afghanistan office on a variety of projects, including one that maps the natural resource management risks and opportunities for peacebuilding in that country. His academic background is in international relations and social anthropology.

Alec Crawford
Alec Crawford is an Associate with the Environment and Security team at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Since joining IISD in 2004, his work has focused on examining the links among environmental change, natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding. His most recent work has involved research and training on both conflict-sensitive conservation in East, West and Central Africa and greening UN peacekeeping operations, as well as field research on the links between climate change and the risk of violent conflict in the Middle East and Africa. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, a Master of Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, and completed post-graduate research on environmental institutions and discourses and the economics of ecology and sustainable development that underpin them.

UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding:

Alexander Carius: Founder and Director, Adelphi, Germany
Alexander is a leading expert on environment, conflict and cooperation. His team at Adelphi has been a driving force behind many political initiatives on climate change and energy, and environment and security, advising domestic government agencies, international organizations and the European Union.

Ken Conca: Professor, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA
Ken’s research has focused on environment, conflict and cooperation, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of environmental peacemaking, stakeholder models of conflict management and conflict transformation, and watershed-scale resources conflicts. He has written extensively on topics related to environment, peace, security, conflict and global governance.

Geoff Dabelko: Former Director, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, USA
Geoff has facilitated dialogue among policymakers, practitioners and scholars grappling with complex links between environment, population, conflict and security for more than 15 years. His research focuses on environmental pathways to confidence-building and peacemaking, with an emphasis on managing transboundary freshwater resources.

Mike Davis: Team Leader, Conflict Resources, Global Witness, London, UK
Mike heads the Global Witness Conflict Resources Team, which works to break the links between conflict and extraction of natural resources. His work with Global Witness has encompassed field investigations, managing information-gathering networks, international lobbying and working with the media.

Juan Dumas: Independent Conflict Resolution and Mediation Expert
Juan is a practitioner in conflict resolution methodologies for natural resources in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He joined Partners for Democratic Change-Argentina in 1999, from where he conducted various public conflict resolution and policy dialogue interventions. In 2003, Juan joined Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano as Director General.

Mark Halle: Executive Director, IISD-Europe, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Switzerland
Mark’s expertise spans across environment and security, climate change and international trade of natural resources. His distinguished career has included positions with UNEP, WWF and fourteen years with IUCN, including as the head of Global Policy and Partnerships. He is the European Representative and Global Director for Trade and Investment at IISD.

Patricia Kameri-Mbote: Programme Director for Africa, International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), Kenya
Patricia is an Associate Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. An internationally renowned scholar and a Senior Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she holds a Doctorate from Stanford University. Her areas of specialization include environment and natural resources law and policy, human rights, property rights, and women’s rights.

Richard Matthew, Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, University of California Irvine, USA
Richard’s research focuses on the environmental dimensions of conflict and security in the developing world, especially South Asia and East Africa, where he has collaborated with IISD to study environmental change in relation to violent conflict, human security and post-conflict reconstruction in several countries including Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor: Director, Sustainable Development Initiative, Liberia
Silas exposed then-President of Liberia Charles Taylor for using the profits of unchecked logging to cover the costs of a brutal fourteen-year civil war. His work led the UN Security Council to ban the export of Liberian timber in 2003. He has since been working with Liberia’s new leadership to create sustainable timber practices. Silas was awarded the 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa.

Erika Weinthal: Associate Professor of Environmental Policy; Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, USA
Erika’s research focuses on environmental and natural resources policy, regional water cooperation, and the politics of the “resource curse”. She has carried out field work in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Russian Federation, and the Middle East. She is the author of “State Making and Environmental Cooperation: Linking Domestic and International Politics in Central Asia”.