Amanda Ellis

Special Adviser to the President, The East-West Center

BA (1st class Hons) in French and Economics; MA in Communications and Political Science. Currently Visiting Senior Fellow and Special Advisor to the President, East West Center. Formerly: PR and Ambassador of New Zealand to the UN Geneva, Prime Minister's Special Envoy, Deputy Secretary NZ Ministry Foreign Affairs, Head of the NZ Aid program. Managed the World Bank President's Global Private Sector CEO Forum; Lead Specialist, World Bank Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Group; founded IFC Gender Entrepreneurship Markets (GEM) global programme to mainstream gender into all IFC operations. Founder and Former Chair, Global Banking Alliance for Women. Author of two Random House best selling business books and five research publications in the World Bank Directions in Development series. Expertise: international development,public-private partnerships, economics, finance, gender and behavioral change. Interests: innovation.impact investing.