About us

Weathering Risk is a multilateral initiative, bringing leading researchers, a broad range of international partner organisations, as well as donor governments together to progress work on climate change and security beyond borders and sectoral silos.

Meet our Team

Weathering Risk is led by an interdisciplinary team from adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

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Janani Vivekananda

Project co-lead of this global climate and security risk and foresight assessment. Co-head of the Climate Diplomacy and Security programme at adelphi.

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Barbora Sedova

Project co-lead of this global climate and security risk and foresight assessment. Co-lead of the FutureLab - Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration at PIK.

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Adrien Detges

Senior Advisor at adelphi. Focuses on climate change impacts and their relevance to foreign, security and development policy. 

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Benjamin Pohl

Co-head of the Climate Diplomacy and Security programme at adelphi. Works on the interface of environmental change, foreign policy, peacebuilding and global sustainable development.

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Christian König

Analyst at adelphi, contributing to foreign and security policy responses to climate change. 

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Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth

Analyst at adelphi, focusing on the interplay between climate change, international security, peacebuilding, mediation and socio-economic challenges.

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Jacob Schewe

Senior Researcher at PIK. Leads the working group “Impacts of climate change on human population dynamics”, founder and coordinator of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP).

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Lisa Binder

Research Analyst at PIK. Focuses on the interplay between climate change impacts and conflicts of different types.

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Lukas Rüttinger

Senior Advisor at adelphi, working at the intersection of environment, development, foreign and security policy.

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Sidney Michelini

PhD student at PIK with the FutureLab - Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration. Focuses on how climate, climate shocks, and climate change impact conflicts of different types.

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Susanne Wolfmaier

Consultant at adelphi. Specialises on climate change, peace and security. Oversees the project- and budget management of Weathering Risk.

Strategic Advisory Board

Weathering Risk is guided by a multilateral Strategic Advisory Board of leading figures in development, environmental, foreign and security policy. 

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Adriana Abdenur

Co-founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ, dedicated to climate peacebuilding and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Inger Andersen

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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Benedetta Berti

Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO and Associate Researcher at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Focuses on armed groups, internal wars, and protection of civilians.

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Comfort Ero

Africa Program Director and Interim Vice President of the International Crisis Group. Her areas of expertise include Conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping and transitional justice.

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Shenggen Fan

CGIAR System Board Member and Chair Professor at the College of Economics and Management at China Agricultural University in Beijing. From 2009-2019 he served as the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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Saleemul Huq

Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh. Lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. He has held a wide range of diplomatic positions, including State Secretary (Dept. Foreign Minister) and German Ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

Head of Special Projects in the Office of the Executive Director at the Institute for Security Studies (South Africa). Her expertise lies in international criminal justice, international human rights law and migration trends and policy.

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Tom Middendorp

Principal Expert at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. Until 2017 he was the Chief of Defense of the Netherlands.

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Federica Mogherini

Rector of the College of Europe. She served as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019.

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Coral Pasisi

Director of the Sustainable Pacific Consultancy and President of Tofia Niue, a Non-profit Organisation focused on Ocean Sustainable Management. From 2015 to 2019 she was the Regional Advisor on the Pacific to the Green Climate Fund.

Achim Steiner
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Achim Steiner

Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. From 2006-2016 he was the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.