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Elissa Golberg

Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada


Elissa Golberg was named Assistant Deputy Minister – Partnerships for Development Innovation in Canada's Ministry for Global Affairs in February 2015. 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 2011 to 2015, she 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 global processes including in relation to a fissile material cut-off treaty, polio eradication, violence against women, human rights special procedures, and refugee protection. Other recent roles have included Director-General of the Canadian Government’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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.