Founder and Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum
"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!"
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
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.