Amanda Ellis serves as Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. Co‐founder of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge launched by the UN Secretary General in 2018 to promote women entrepreneurs as ‘solutionaries’, Amanda is thrilled to also be leading a collaborative endeavor to urge Parliamentary action on SDG5 with UN Women and the IPU.
Amanda served as New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013‐16) during the negotiations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy. She was also New Zealand’s inaugural Ambassador for Women and Girls. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) in the NZ Foreign Ministry Amanda was first woman to lead the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Programme, managing an annual budget of over $0.6 billion.
Previous roles include Lead Specialist Poverty Reduction and Economic Management for the World Bank Group, (where she managed the President’s Global Private Sector CEO Leaders Forum and led the project that created “Women, business and the law”), 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 Financial Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment.