Mr. Amir Dossal

Founder and Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum

Amir Dossal is Founder and President of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide changemakers with tools to build innovative partnerships for the SDGs.

Amir is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, and the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance.  He is a founding Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.  Amir co-founded the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development and serves as Executive Vice Chair.

Pioneering Partnerships and Global Outreach: Amir Dossal works globally across the economic and social spectrum.  He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of international affairs as well as extensive experience in global development and humanitarian issues, including managing complex technical assistance projects in emerging markets.  By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavor to bond the power of the private sector, governments, and civil society; in order to better serve the greater good.  These include initiatives on women’s empowerment, engaging media in sustainable development, and innovative use of technology for positive social change.  Amir is a champion of the HeForShe campaign and Planet 50-50 by 2030.  He is also a champion for the UN’s Safe Ground Campaign.

United Nations Service: Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations and served as Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships until September 2010, which he established in 1998 to manage the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner.  During his tenure at the UN, Amir set-up and managed several new initiatives: 

  • Department of Peacekeeping Operations: field finance and management
  • Management Policy Office: oversee reform within the United Nations
  • UN Fund for International Partnerships: interface with the UN Foundation
  • UN Democracy Fund: strengthen institutions and governance in new or restored democracies
  • UN Office for Partnerships: engage public and private sectors to support the UN’s mission
  • Peacebuilding Support Office: help bridge development gaps in post-conflict countries.
  • Business Advisory Council for the Greater Tumen Region: regional cooperation among nations

Awards and Recognition

Personal: Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has lived and worked in five continents.  He is on the board of several non-profits and regularly undertakes speaking engagements and frequently serves as moderator for high-level panels, engaging Heads of State and Ministers.  Amir is married to Tas, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder of the Global Partnerships Forum.  They have one son, Zecki, who is Senior Director, Solutions Development at Henry Schein.  He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Business School.

ICTs are the golden thread for achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Broadband Commission is a catalyst and a key enabler to accelerate progress for the 17 SDGs, and these can only be achieved through innovative partnerships.  The SDGs require $2.5 trillion of private capital annually and we need to make the business case and move the needle from talk to action!

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