New York Office
Susan Alzner, Head of the New York Office
Susan has worked at UN-NGLS since 2010. Her leadership at UN-NGLS has included designing and facilitating the process for civil society to ask questions in the UN General Assembly dialogues with candidates for UN Secretary-General, as well as an open, transparent and participatory application process for the UN to identify civil society attendees and speakers for high-level events, Conferences and Summits. The open application process has been used for the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the Post-2015 development agenda negotiations and Summit, the President of the General Assembly’s high-level events and hearings, the Solutions Summit, the Financing for Development hearings, the meetings of the Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum and 2014 Climate Summit. As part of the 2014 UN Climate Summit Communications Team, Susan received a UN Secretary-General Staff Award for Teamwork in 2015. She coordinated and served as lead author for several civil society consultations for the post-2015 agenda, including the report Advancing Regional Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and briefs presenting civil society policy recommendations to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. She led consultations for the Secretary-General’s High-level Panels and Groups on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Energy for All, Global Sustainability and Climate Finance. Susan’s prior experience includes: coordinator for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA); Deputy Campaign Manager for Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s US Presidential Campaign; political project manager for musician and social activist Ani DiFranco; co-founder and director of the non-governmental organization Earth Challenge. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
Mareike Eberz, Associate Expert Sustainable Development
Mareike joined UN-NGLS in 2014 following her tenure with UNDP Ecuador, where she facilitated the UNDG post-2015 national consultation and served as an International Specialist for UNDP/UNV in the program “Strengthening Local Capacities for Peace and Development through a Human Security Approach in the Northern Border Zone of Ecuador.” Her previous experience includes: International Consultant on Social Protection and Employment at UNDP BDP Poverty Group in New York; Carlo Schmid Stipendiary at the ILO Regional Office Latin America and the Caribbean in Peru; Sector Programme Peace and Security at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ); Research Fellow with the human rights advocacy project ABColombia; and Project Manager of the Research and Competency Network OpTech-Net. Mareike holds two Master’s degrees, one in International Relations & Development Policy and one in Media & Communications. She speaks fluent German, English and Spanish.
David Lönnberg, Coordination Specialist
David joined UN-NGLS as a fellow from Swedish SIDA in September 2015. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, he graduated from St. Francis College with dual bachelors’ degrees in International Economics and Political Science. David has previously worked at the Clinton Climate Initiative of the Clinton Foundation. Additionally, David has experience working with two of New York’s elected officials, United States Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and New York State Senator Daniel L. Squadron. As a student athlete, David played NCAA Division 1 Water Polo. During this experience, David participated in the Final Four and won the NCAA Elite-89 award for men’s water polo twice.
Patricia Dichtchekenian, Team Assistant
Patricia graduated from the University of São Paulo, Brazil with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and holds another Bachelor's Degree in Social Communication. She worked as adviser at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations for six months, where she provided assistance in issues related to peace and international security. Prior to coming to New York City, Patricia worked for three years as a staff writer at Opera Mundi, a Brazilian news Website specialised in international politics, and as cultural reporter at Jornal Destak, a Portuguese Newspaper. She speaks fluent Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
Xin Guo, Team Assistant
Xin received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Economic and Political Development at Columbia University. As one of the first UN Studies specializers, her graduate project with UN Peace Building Support Office was focused on the role of national dialogues in peacebuilding. Xin was part of the event coordination team at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. She also served at the UNITAR New York Office for six months, where she coordinated training courses for delegates on multilateral negotiations and the 70th Session of the General Assembly. Prior to coming to New York, Xin worked as a training manager in Paris for over 3 years. She received her first Master in Arts and NGOs Management from EDHEC Business School in France. Xin speaks fluently Mandarin, French and English.
Shiling Xu, Team Assistant
Shiling graduated from George Washington University with a Master's Degree in Finance. Inspired by Kofi Annan, Shiling possesses a great passion to help people in need. She volunteered for an AIESEC development project in India, coaching underprivileged women and children from slum areas. She holds a Bachelor of Management and a Bachelor of Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in China and has a solid academic background in finance, statistics and computer science. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin.
Rory Mondshein, Team Assistant
Rory graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Social Policy. She has been involved with four political campaigns, interned in New York state offices, and served as a Student Liaison in the local government during her undergraduate career. In addition to her work with UN-NGLS, Rory currently serves as the Chief Community Officer at the Political Student where she founded and spearheads the "We Put the 'Able' in 'Disabled'" series. In her spare time, Rory serves as Oxford Global's Education Ambassador, and as a part-time contributor to the National Memo. In September, Rory will start a Master's program in Human Rights at the London School of Economics.
Bolin Zhou, Team Assistant
Bolin received a Master's Degree from Columbia University in Statistics and a Bachelor's degree from King's College London in Mathematics. He has previous working experiences with IBM and Supercomputer Center in China. During his travels to Europe, he helped set up a charity organization to assist foreign students to settle in large cities such as London. The organization, Xiaoyaoxia, is an online YouTube channel giving advice to new students in a foreign environment. At King's College London, he was also member of the league champion basketball team.
Hamish Jenkins, Officer in Charge, Geneva
Hamish works on issues related to social and economic justice and alternative development strategies at NGLS. He has also worked at the International Labour Organization on the social dimension of globalization, as research coordinator for NGO networks on access to environmental justice and as a freelance journalist. He was the lead author of an NGLS policy handbook: Decent Work and Fair Globalization: A Guide to Policy Dialogue. His background is in development studies.
Eya Turki, Team Assistant, Geneva
Eya joined UN-NGLS in May of 2015. Prior to working with UN-NGLS, Eya graduated from Ecole Supérieure d'agriculture de mograne in Tunisia. Eya speaks Arabic, French and English.