Siamak Sam Loni

Sam Loni is a young global leader working in sustainable development. He is based at the Secretariat of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in NYC - an initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize global expertise around the design and implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement. 

In 2015, Sam founded and currently leads SDSN Youth, a program that empowers youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. As its director, Sam has mobilized thousands of young people globally to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement through research, advocacy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

Sam is also the Partnerships Manager of SDSN’s new Financing for Sustainable Development initiative - where he works with economists from universities, UN agencies, think-tanks, NGOs, and governments to analyze the most urgent financial and budgetary needs of low-income-developing-countries (LIDCs) for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


Previously, Sam worked at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), one of the leading interdisciplinary research and education institutes for sustainable development around the globe.

He has served as an advisor to several organizations and groups, including IIASA's, the SDG costing group (co-chaired by the IMF, World Bank, OECD), the UN Strategy Hub, the UNLEASH Innovation Labs, Global Citizen, the Commonwealth Science Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the Australian government. 

He is also a contributor to the Huffington Post (US) and News24, covering issues such as human rights, peace & security, sustainable development, and international law and was recently recognized as a young peace builder by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum for his work.

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