Elissar Sarrouh


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.

Banking and Financial Services
Capacity Development
Civil Society and Institutional Strengthening
Conflict Resolution, Peace and Security
Counter Terrorism
Donor Coordination
Human Resource Development
Humanitarian Assistance
Natural Resources Management
Organizational Development
Oversight, Audit and Evaluation
Participatory Approaches
Private Sector Development
Project Management
Project Planning and Design
Strategic Planning
Technical Advice
Other (Field of Expertise): 
Corporate Goverance - Competent and Sustainable Boards
Membership in Professional Societies: 
Canadian Evaluation Society, Canadian International Council, DEVEX; DevNet;The Canadian Association for the Study of Intenational Development; Sustainable Development Solutions Network;