Ms. Elissa Golberg was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister – Partnerships for Development Innovation at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development on 2 February 2015. Her unit programs some $330 million in development aid to reduce poverty in 126 countries working with Canadian civil society, academic, professional associations. From September 2011 to February 2015, Ms Golberg was Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament. Prior to that, Ms. Golberg has held a number of other responsibilities within the Canadian government including Director-General of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan and Executive Director of the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan. Ms. Golberg holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (1997). She is a recipient of the NATO ISAF General Service m edal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Public Service Award of Excellence, and several Ministers’ Awards for Foreign Policy Excellence. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Violence and Fragility.