Elissa Golberg is a member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Board of Directors and the assistant deputy minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada. She is also currently the department’s champion for innovation and experimentation, and head of performance management and results. She has held several senior Canadian government positions, including assistant deputy minister – Partnerships for Development Innovation (2015–2017); ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament (2011–2015); director-general of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (2009–2011); and representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2008–2009).
Elissa holds a master’s degree in international relations. She has been a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and has published articles on humanitarian, fragile state and public policy-related matters.