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,, 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 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 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.