Amir A. Dossal
Executive Director, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Amir Dossal is the United Nations representative for public/private
partnerships as the Executive Director of the United Nations Office
for Partnerships. He guides the development of strategic alliances
with corporations, foundations and philanthropists for achieving the
Millennium Development Goals.
Amir is the UN's Chief Liaison for Ted Turner's $1 billion donation
for UN causes, which involves over 450 programmes and projects
in the areas of children’s health, women and population, climate
change and biodiversity. This includes "investments" from
other donors and partners (such as the American Red Cross, the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company, the Rockefeller
Brothers Fund, Rotary International, etc.) which to date total over
$550 million. He also oversees the management of the UN Democracy
Fund, which he established in 2005, to strengthen democratic
institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.
Amir has developed numerous partnerships for the United Nations, including
with the Commonwealth Business Council, the European Foundation Centre,
Google.org, the LTB Foundation, the Synergos Institute, the US Chamber
of Commerce, and others. He has also spearheaded the UN's engagement
in new areas including the technology sector working with Cisco Systems,
Ericsson, Microsoft and Vodafone.
Since joining the United Nations in 1985, Amir has led a number of
1997: Set-up the Management Policy Office to oversee reform within the
1999: Established the UN Fund for international Partnerships, which serves
as the interface for media mogul Ted Turner's $1 billion contribution
to the United Nations.
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
(the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) to support
the role of the private sector and attract new investments.
Amir is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) having qualified from Deloitte,
Haskins & Sells, London in
1975. He has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle
East, and North America. He is married with one son.