Elissar Sarrouh


Elissar Sarrouh is a seasoned executive leader 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 intellectual leadership, consensus around complex policy issues, understanding of global emerging political and economic challenges, and advanced skills in strategic visioning, planning and business modeling. Ms. Sarrouh brings recognized expertise in conflict and post-conflict development challenges, statebuilding and peacebuilding. She also brings strong geographical knowledge, expertise and in-depth understanding of the history, culture, politics and development challenges in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab Gulf States.

Elissar Sarrouh is CEO at Expert Consulting on Governance, offering consultancy and advisory services in the following areas: Agenda 2030/SDGs; Democratic Governance; Corporate Governance; Sustainable Business Strategies; Peacebuilding and Statebuilding; Women Economic Empowerment with focus on Climate and Gender, and Gender Smart Impact Investment; Capacity Building, Leadership Development, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning and Change Management.

Elissar Sarrouh had the privilege to represent the UN/UNDP/UNIFEM/UN Women in 3 different regions and several countries as United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, UNIFEM/UN Women Director and other leadership roles. As UN Resident Coordinator in UAE, she pioneered the "Delivering as One" initiative in the UAE. As UNIFEM Director in Brussels, she coordinated and organized high level meetings for UNIFEM leadership with the EU in support of establishing UN Women, the UN's Entity dedicated to gender equality and women's rights. She is the author of numerous UN/UNDP Reports, development strategies and policies. She led UN Country Teams in developing UNDAFs and Country Programs, oversaw several Country Evaluations for development results and was appointed a Co-convenor of the UNDP MDGS Trust Fund. She was also appointed UNDP Designate Representative of the OECD/UNDP Partnership for Democratic Governance.

Elissar Sarrouh completed Harvard Business School's Sustainable Business Strategy Program certification and holds a Certified Competent Board Designation through Competent Board Canada (CB), and Gender Smart Impact Investment Certificate from Duke University, USA.

Capacity Development
Civil Society and Institutional Strengthening
Conflict Resolution, Peace and Security
Donor Coordination
Humanitarian Assistance
Natural Resources Management
Organizational Development
Participatory Approaches
Private Sector Development
Project Management
Project Planning and Design
Strategic Planning
Technical Advice
Other (Field of Expertise): 
Corporate Goverance - Gender and Environment and Gender Impact Investment
Membership in Professional Societies: 
CAIDP; CASID, DEVEX; DevelopmentAid; SDGs Academy Alumni; International Corporate Governance Network; Corporate Governance Professionals; International Leadership Association