North America

Adam Day

Adam Day is the Director of Programmes at the UN University Centre for Policy Research. Prior to UNU, he served for a decade in UN peace operations, including in Darfur, the Middle East, and as the Senior Political Advisor to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He currently oversees research programming on conflict prevention, peace operations, climate-security, and rule of law. He is the lead author of Conflict Prevention in an Era of Climate Change: Adapting the UN to Climate-Security Risks, and co-author of What can the UN Security Council do on Climate and Security? Adam is an adjunct associate professor of  international and public affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds Masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Brown University, a juris doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Law, and is a PhD candidate at King’s College London.

Hon. Sharon E. Burke
New America

Honorable Sharon E. Burke directs the Resource Security Group at New America, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, DC. 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 from 2010 to 2014. Her work with non-governmental organizations includes a stint as the Vice President of the Center for a New American Security and an Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA. Burke blogs, tweets, publishes, and serves on a number of advisory boards, including for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.