Ms. Elissa Golberg was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy at the Canadian department of Global Affairs in September 2017. In that role she is responsible for developing, leading and coordinating Canada’s emerging foreign, economic and international development policy agenda. From February 2015 to September 2017, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Partnerships for Development Innovation, where her team programmed some $330 million annually in development aid to reduce poverty in 126 countries, working with Canadian civil society, academic, professional associations and the private sector. 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, she has held a number of other responsibilities within the Canadian government including Director-General of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ms. Golberg holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (1997). She is a recipient of the NATO ISAF General Service medal, 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, served on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Violence and Fragility, and is currently a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Global Governance, Public-Private Partnerships and Sustainable Development”.