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. Together with staff members of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, Susan was recognized as a finalist for a UN Secretary-General Staff Award for Managing Change in 2016, for work to enable civil society participation in the UN General Assembly Dialogues with UN Secretary-General Candidates. 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 a 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 graduated from Yale University.
David Lönnberg, Coordination Specialist
David joined UN-NGLS as a fellow from Swedish SIDA in September 2015. Together with staff members of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, David was recognized as a finalist for a UN Secretary-General Staff Award for Managing Change in 2016, for work to enable civil society participation in the UN General Assembly Dialogues with UN Secretary-General Candidates. 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.
Rory Mondshein, Team Assistant
Rory is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the London School of Economics, and 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.
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.