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Global Partnership Forum: Baroness Valerie Amos
 
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 Global Partnerships Forum
host a Luncheon
In Honor
 of Baroness Valerie Amos,
United Nations
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator


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Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum was privileged to host a Luncheon In Honor of Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  Guests included leaders of international organizations, businesses, civil society, and the United Nations. 

The Luncheon commenced with the guests introducing themselves and giving some insights into their connection to the important work of Baroness Amos and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Mr. Dossal welcomed everyone to the Luncheon and spoke of the great impact that Baroness Amos has had throughout the world.  At the end of his words recognition, he summarized the Baroness’s many contributions to humanity by presenting her with a gift and giving her the title of World’s Savior.

Baroness Amos thanked both Mr. Amir Dossal and Mrs. Tas Dossal for organizing the event and took the opportunity to enlighten those in attendance on why the work of OCHA is so important and necessary.  She spoke of the dire need that many people around the world are experiencing, citing a specific example of the 2 million people who have been displaced from Iraq since just the beginning of the year.  She urged those in attendance to join her in her commitment to helping people who have experienced such crisis.

The event provided a great platform to highlight the incredible efforts of the United Nations, specifically Baroness Amos and OCHA.  The attendees left engaged and motivated to find their own ways to contribute to the mission. 

 

Valerie Amos
is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Ms. Amos brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position.
 She was most recently the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Australia.

She has been a long time campaigner and advocate on human rights, social justice and equality issues. She is a former Secretary of State for International Development in the British Government and was also President of the Privy Council and
Leader of the House of Lords.

Born in Guyana, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in cultural studies as well as honorary doctorates from eleven UK and one US University. She was awarded the order of the Voltaby the Government of Ghana and has also been honored by the Government of Benin. She was also recognized by the Smithsonian Museum for African Art for her work on the continent.

Amir Dossal

Amir Dossal is Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, an international platform working to address economic and social challenges, through partnerships, which he established in October 2010.

Amir is Co-Founder of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program, promoting transparency and accountability in the Middle East. In 2013, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a global initiative to focus the need for healthy oceans in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Amir is also Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships.  In May 2014, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. appointed Amir as his Special Representative of Palau for Global Partnerships.

He is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and was the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships.  As Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, he managed the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner; and forged strategic alliances to address the Millennium Development Goals.

In 2005, Amir was asked to establish and manage the UN Democracy Fund, whose core mission was to strengthen institutions around the world, and enhance democratic governance in new restored democracies.  In 2006, he was asked by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set-up the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations, to assist post-conflict countries in bridging the gap between peace, security and economic development.  Over the years, Amir has worked on a number of peace, security and human rights-related activities and humanitarian programmes across the globe. These efforts threaded together the leadership role of international organizations, multilateral and bilateral institutions, linking them with non-state actors, with a view to encouraging innovative collaboration.   This included supporting concrete projects such as women’s empowerment, the role of parliament and media in democracy, the innovative use of technology in economic and social development programmes, etc.  From 1993 to 1997, Amir served as the Chief of Finance Management in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where he oversaw finances for 24 peacekeeping operations worldwide (annual budget of $3 billion).  During his tenure, he set-up a sophisticated military asset management system, to increase transparency and accountability.

Amir Dossal works globally across all sectors, including Education, Environment, Finance, Health, Media, Technology, as well as Peace, Security and Human Rights.  Over the years, he has built numerous alliances between governments, multilateral agencies, business groups, foundations and civil society, including the Arab Foundations Forum, BCIU, Chambers of Commerce, CECP, Commonwealth Business Council, European Foundation Centre, Foreign Policy Association, IDP Foundation, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Jewish Children’s Museum, NEPAD, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, United Nations Associations, USCIB, US Department of State, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.

When spearheading the UN's engagement with industry, Amir developed working relationships with leading companies, including BASF, BT, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Google, GSK, HSBC, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, Pfizer, DSM, Standard Chartered Bank, Vodafone, and Walmart. Amir has championed partnerships with high-profile personalities on humanitarian causes, including The Countess Sondes, Cherie Blair, Geena Davis, Francine LeFrak, Petra Němcová, Julia Ormond, Joan Rivers, Russell Simmons, June Sarpong, Inge Solheim, Joss Stone, Christy Turlington Burns, Ali Velshi, among others.

Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress.  By nature a social innovator, his work is an endeavor to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.

In December 2010, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, appointed Amir Dossal as Ambassador for “Peace and Sport.”  In October 2010, he received the Humanitarian Award from the UN Association of New York, for his accomplishments in Partnerships to End Poverty and World Hunger.  In February 2011, Amir was appointed Special Envoy to the World Youth Peace Summit.

Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA) from Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, London.  He has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America.  Amir regularly undertakes speaking engagements and frequently serves as a moderator for high-level panels for the UN system and other international organizations, engaging Heads of States and Ministers.

He also serves on the board of several non-profits, including CITYarts, Global Social Compliance Programme, and the Humpty Dumpty Institute.  In addition, Amir is a founding member of the DSM Sustainability Advisory Board, Strategic Advisor to the DNA Summit, and Advisor to Ideapod, a new social media platform for ideas.

Amir is married to Tas, and they have one son, Zecki

 

The Global Partnerships Forum (GPF)
 

The Global Partnerships Forum serves as a platform for building innovative partnerships and alliances, through knowledge sharing. It brings together leaders from across sectors to address global challenges, and fosters economic growth to help achieve greater prosperity around the world, by moving beyond aid to economic empowerment.

The Global Partnerships Forum provides an enabling environment to collaborate with policy makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, and thought leaders from across sectors– to encourage investments that also promote social good.
We provide lessons learned, best practice and information on projects that can have sustainable social impact.


www.partnerships.org 

 

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Baroness Valerie Amos, amir dossal
Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum

 Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum; Ms. Cynthia MacDonald, Social Advocate; Vice President for UN Relations, UN Foundation; Mr. Sergio
 Fernández de Córdova, Co-Founder, Infrastructure Media Group Holdings (IMGH)
 

Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva; Mr. Andrea Taylor, Former Director, North America Community Affairs, Microsoft

Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva; Mr. Andrea Taylor, Former Director, North America Community Affairs, Microsoft

Ms. M. Annette Ensley; Former Director of Administration & Human Resources, Nathan Cummings Foundation; Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Ms. M. Annette Ensley; Former Director of Administration & Human Resources, Nathan Cummings Foundation; Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator
Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City Mayor's Office; Mr. Sergio Fernández de Córdova, Co-Founder, Infrastructure Media Group Holdings (IMGH); Mrs. Tas Dossal

Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City Mayor's Office; Mr. Sergio Fernández de Córdova, Co-Founder, Infrastructure Media Group Holdings (IMGH); Mrs. Tas Dossal

gerard mc keon, baroness valerie amos
Gerard Mc Keon, Publisher, Black Tie International Magazine,
Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Nora Westcott and Laura Cienkowski, Programme Officers at the Global Partnerships Forum, and Mrs. Tas Dossal
Nora Westcott and Laura Cienkowski, Programme Officers at the Global Partnerships Forum, and Mrs. Tas Dossal
Mr. Daniel Schaefer, Director of Information Technology, Clinton Foundation; Mr. Ron Bruder, Founder, Education for Employment Foundation; Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
Mr. Daniel Schaefer, Director of Information Technology, Clinton Foundation; Mr. Ron Bruder, Founder, Education for Employment Foundation; Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum and Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator 
Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum and Baroness Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator 
 Mr. David Hryck, Partner, ReedSmith
 Mr. David Hryck, Partner, ReedSmith
Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners
Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners
Mr. Jean-Victor Nkolo, Spokesperson for the President, 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations 
Mr. Jean-Victor Nkolo, Spokesperson for the President, 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations 
Ms. Ann Nicol, Executive Director, UNA-NY
Ms. Ann Nicol, Executive Director, UNA-NY
Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
Ambassador Betty King, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
 Mr. Didier Bergeret, Head, Global Social Compliance Programme
 Mr. Didier Bergeret, Head, Global Social Compliance Programme
 Ms. Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher;  Mr. Daniel Schaefer, Director of Information Technology, Clinton Foundation
 Ms. Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher;  Mr. Daniel Schaefer,
Director of Information Technology, Clinton Foundation
 Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners and Mr. Christian Ewert, Director General, Foreign Trade Association
 Ms. April Gow, Partner, Canongate Partners and Mr. Christian Ewert,
Director General, Foreign Trade Association
 Ms. Cynthia MacDonald, Social Advocate and Mr. David Hryck, Partner, ReedSmith

 Ms. Cynthia MacDonald, Social Advocate and Mr. David Hryck, Partner, ReedSmith

Mr. Gerard Meuchner, Vice President and Chief Global Communications Office, Henry Schein; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mrs. Tas Dossal, Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum
Mr. Gerard Meuchner, Vice President and Chief Global Communications Office, Henry Schein; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mrs. Tas Dossal, Mr. Amir Dossal, Chairman,
Global Partnerships Forum
Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City Mayor's Office; Mrs. Tas Dossal; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Ms. Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City Mayor's Office; Mrs. Tas Dossal; Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

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