Founder and Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum
"With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of the Broadband Commission has taken renewed importance, as the enabler to accelerate progress of the SDGs. ICTs are the golden thread for advancing the global goals, and this can best be achieved through innovative partnerships. In order to improve economic and social environment, we need to move the needle from talk to action. The time to act is now!"
Amir Dossal is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnerships Forum, a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide changemakers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges, which he established in 2010.
Amir is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program promoting transparency and accountability in the Middle East, and the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership to protect coastal and marine seas around the world. Amir is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. In 2015, the UN Global Compact appointed Amir as Special Adviser for Strategic Relationships. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships. In 2014, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., President of Palau, appointed Amir as his Special Representative for Global Partnerships.
United Nations Service
Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and was the UN's Chief Liaison for Partnerships. As Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, he managed the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner; and forged strategic alliances with private sector and civil society, to address the UN's global agenda.
In 2005, Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked Amir to establish and manage the UN Democracy Fund, whose core mission was to strengthen institutions around the world, and enhance democratic governance in new restored democracies. In 2006, Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked him to set-up the Peacebuilding Support Office, to assist post-conflict countries in bridging the gap between peace, security and economic development.
Over the years, Amir has worked on a number of global development and humanitarian programmes in support of the UN's mission. These efforts threaded together the leadership role of international organizations, multilateral and bilateral institutions, linking them with non-state actors, to encourage innovative collaboration. They included major initiatives such as women's empowerment, the role of media in democracy, and the innovative use of technology in economic and social development programmes, etc. From 1993 to 1997, Amir served as the Chief of Finance Management in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where he oversaw finances for 24 peacekeeping operations worldwide (annual budget of $3 billion). During his tenure, he set-up a sophisticated military asset management system, to increase transparency and accountability.
Amir Dossal works globally across sectors, including Education, Environment, Finance, Health, Media, Technology, as well as Peace, Security & Human Rights. Over the years, he has built alliances with numerous organizations, such as the Arab Foundations Forum, BCIU, Canterbury Cathedral, Chambers of Commerce, CECP, Commonwealth Business Council, European Foundation Centre, Foreign Policy Association, IDP Foundation, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Jewish Children's Museum, NEPAD, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, United Nations Associations, USCIB, US Department of State, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.
When spearheading the UN's engagement with industry, Amir Dossal developed working relationships with leading companies, including BASF, BT, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Google, GSK, HSBC, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, Pfizer, DSM, Standard Chartered Bank, Vodafone, and Walmart. Amir has championed partnerships with high-profile personalities on humanitarian causes, including The Countess Sondes, Cherie Blair, Geena Davis, Francine LeFrak, Petra Němcová, Julia Ormond, the late Joan Rivers, Russell Simmons, June Sarpong, Inge Solheim, Joss Stone, Christy Turlington Burns, Ali Velshi, among others.
Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress. By nature a social innovator, his work is an endeavor to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.
Awards and Recognition
In October 2010, he received the Humanitarian Award from the UN Association of New York, for his accomplishments in Partnerships to End Poverty and World Hunger. In December 2010, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco appointed Amir as Ambassador for Peace and Sport. In February 2011, Amir was appointed Special Envoy to the World Youth Peace Summit.
In 2016, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales bestowed the Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement, for his work in uniting public and private organisations to address the world's economic and social challenges.
Board and Advisory Roles
Amir serves on the board of several non-profits, including CITYarts, Global Social Compliance Programme, Humpty Dumpty Institute, Hunger Solutions Institute, a Trustee of the LDNY Foundation, and a member of the Ambassador Council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. He is a Patron of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP), a founding member of the Advisory Board of The Ethical Capitalism Group℠ LLC, Strategic Advisor to the DNA Summit, and Advisor to Ideapod, a new social media platform for ideas.
Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA), having qualified from Deloitte, Haskins & Sells London, which subsequently merged with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America. He regularly undertakes speaking engagements and frequently serves as a moderator for high-level panels for the UN system and other international organizations, engaging Heads of States and Ministers.
Amir is married to Tas, and they have one son, Zecki.