Elissar Sarrouh is a seasoned executive leader and former UN Diplomat with over 30 years of experience in international development, global governance, diplomacy and political representation. She brings a wealth of expertise with particular strength in areas of Agenda 2030, development, peace and transition in conflict and fragile states, financing for development; Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy; corporate governance and sustainable boards, business development, and women economic empowerment with focus on gender impact investment. Ms. Sarrouh brings strong geographical knowledge and in-depth understanding of the history, culture, politics and development challenges of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab Gulf States. Ms. Sarrouh is Founding President and CEO/ Expert Consulting on Governance, Visiting Professor at Ottawa University and Professor of Practice at ISID/McGill University Canada. A former United Nations Diplomat with extensive expertise in UN Conventions, Human Rights Instruments, UN development policies and frameworks, humanitarian responses and UN representation and coordination. She held senior leadership positions and diplomatic postings in Egypt, Belgium, Lebanon, New York, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman.She is Vice-President of the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Administration Canada.