New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

Amanda Ellis, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representative for United Nations

Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations Office in Geneva, (Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Francophone Africa)

Amanda Ellis was previously  Deputy Secretary – International Development – leading 220 staff in New Zealand and offshore that manage over half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually

Prior to this, Ms Ellis was Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, which includes 23 CEOs of leading companies such as Nike, Cisco, Exxon Mobile, PwC and Standard Chartered Bank.  In 2004 Ms Ellis founded the Gender Entrepreneurship Markets (GEM) global programme at the International Finance Corporation, providing advice to governments and companies in developing countries on private sector development.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms Ellis was Head of Women’s Markets and National Manager Women in Business for Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia. Her team grew annual revenues from a standing start to over half a billion dollars in just three years.

An economist specialising in international trade and development, Ms Ellis began her professional career with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1988 as an economist and diplomat, and served subsequently at the OECD in Paris, as Consul in the French Pacific Territories and manager of NZ aid programmes in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia.

In 2012 Ms Ellis received the East West Center Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 2011, the International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award.  TIAW’s award acknowledged Ms Ellis’ consistent commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment in developing countries and reducing gender disparities in the areas of business, finance and management.

Ms Ellis serves on the Advisory Boards of New Zealand Global Women, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Global Banking Alliance and WE Connect International.   She is a member of Rotary International.


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