Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Amir A. Dossal
Former Executive Director

Amir Dossal was the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships between 2005 and 2010. He developed strategic alliances with governments, corporations, foundations and philanthropists to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

He was the UN's Representative for the partnership with media mogul Ted Turner's $1 billion donation, through the UN Foundation, supporting over 450 programmes and projects for women and children’s health; population; climate change; and biodiversity. This includes social investments of over $560 million from other donors and partners, such as American Red Cross, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Rockefeller Foundation, Rotary International, and many others.

Amir worked globally across sectors, including Health, Education, Environment, Peace, Security and Human Rights. He built strong links with governments, multilateral agencies as well as key umbrella associations and foundations, such as the Arab Foundations Forum, Business Council for International Understanding, Chambers of Commerce, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Commonwealth Business Council, European Foundation Centre, Foreign Policy Association, LTB Foundation, NEPAD Business Group, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Synergos Institute, United Nations Associations, US Council for International Business, and numerous others.

He spearheaded the UN's engagement with leaders in the finance, technology and pharmaceutical sectors, including 3Com, BT, Cisco, Ericsson, Google, GSK, Merck, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, Pfizer, Standard Chartered Bank, Telefonica, Vodafone, and Walmart. He also works with high-profile personalities to support humanitarian causes, such as the Countess Sondes, Cherie Blair, the Duchess of York, Petra Němcová, Julia Ormond, Joan Rivers, Russell Simmons, Joss Stone, Christy Turlington Burns, and others.

Amir also oversaw management of the UN Democracy Fund, which he established in 2005, to strengthen institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.

Since joining the United Nations in 1985, Amir has led a number of new initiatives:

1997: Set-up the Management Policy Office to oversee reform within the United Nations

1999: Established the UN Fund for International Partnerships, which serves as the interface for media mogul Ted Turner's $1 billion contribution through the UN Foundation.

2005: Established the UN Democracy Fund, to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.

2006: Set-up the first ever Peacebuilding Support Office to help bridge development gaps in post-conflict countries.

2007: Created a Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Region to attract foreign direct investment in North East Asia, in the energy, environment, transport and tourism sectors. This unique public-private partnership involves business and government from five countries: People's Republic of China; Mongolia; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.

Amir is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) trained with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, London in 1975. Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked in business for over 15 years. Amir has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America. He regularly undertakes speaking engagements, and serves on the boards of several non-profits. He is married to Tas, and they have one son, Zecki.


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