Amanda Ellis


Amanda EllisAmanda Ellis currently serves as Global Director Strategic Partnerships for the Arizona State University Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Previously she was New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16), Ms. Ellis played a key role in New Zealand’s successful UN Security Council bid as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Francophone Africa.  She subsequently served as co-chair for the UN Security Council High Level Group on Humanitarian Access into Syria.  Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) in the New Zealand Foreign Ministry Ms. Ellis was the first woman to lead the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Programme, managing an annual budget of over US$600 million.

Previous roles include Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group of the World Bank Group where she led the project that created “Women, Business and the Law.” She was Head of the Global Gender Group at the International Finance Corporation, and National Manager Women in Business at Westpac Banking Corporation. The author of two best-selling Random House business books and five research titles on gender and growth in the World Bank Directions in Development series, Ms. Ellis is a founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment.