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Elissa Goldberg

Elissa Golberg was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister – Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada in September 2017. She is also currently the Department’s champion for innovation.  Ms. Golberg has successfully pioneered complex policy and multi-million dollar program initiatives, and led multi-disciplinary teams working on significant international peace and security, human rights, emergency management, and sustainable development challenges. 

From 2015 to 2017, she was Assistant Deputy Minister – Partnerships for Development Innovation at Global Affairs Canada, where she oversaw Canada’s multi-sectoral and multi-country investments in sustainable development through civil society organizations and led the department’s development innovation agenda. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2015, Ms. Golberg served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament (2011-15) where she chaired several important global processes including in relation to a fissile material cut-off treaty, polio eradication, violence against women, human rights special procedures, humanitarian action and forced displacement. Other recent previous roles have included Director-General of the Canadian Government’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (2009-11); and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2008-9).  

Born in Montreal, Ms. Golberg holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. She is a recipient of the NATO ISAF General Service medal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Public Service Award of Excellence, and 3 Ministers’ Awards for Foreign Policy Excellence. She has been a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Violence and Fragility. She has published articles on humanitarian, fragile state and public policy related matters.