President of Global Partnerships Forum | Founding Commissioner of Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development | Co-Founder and Executive Vice-Chair of Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development
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 to address economic and social challenges.
Amir is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, and Ocean Sanctuary Alliance. He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. Amir is a HeForShe and Planet 50-50 by 2030.Champion for UN Women. He is also co-founder of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development.
United Nations Service
Amir 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. He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of international diplomacy as well as extensive experience in global development and humanitarian issues, including managing complex technical assistance projects in emerging markets. These humanitarian endeavours have threaded together the leadership role of international organizations and governments, linking them with non-state actors, to encourage innovative collaboration.
Pioneering Partnerships and Global Outreach
Amir Dossal works globally across sectors, including education, environment, finance, health, media, technology, as well as peace, security & human rights. By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavour to bond the power of the private sector, governments, & civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good. These include engaging media in sustainable development, and innovative use of technology for positive social change.
Awards and Recognition
2010 Humanitarian Award from the UN Association of New York, for his accomplishments in Partnerships to End Poverty and World Hunger. In 2010, Amir was appointed Ambassador for Peace and Sport. In 2015, Amir and his son, Zecki received the Humanitarian Innovation Award for intergenerational partnerships. In 2016, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales bestowed Amir with their 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award, for his work in uniting public and private organizations to address the world’s economic and social challenges. In May 2017, he received the 2017 International Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his lifelong dedication to public service.
Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has lived and worked in five continents. He serves 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, and they have one son, Zecki.