Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Amanda Ellis is currently based in Hawaii as Executive Director Hawaii/Asia Pacific and Director Strategic Partnerships for philanthropist Julie Ann Wrigley’s ASU Global Institute Of Sustainability.
Amanda Ellis previously served as New Zealand’s head of mission and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) where she co-chaired the High Level Group on humanitarian access into Syria while New Zealand served on the UN Security Council. Concurrently Amanda also served as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Francophone Africa and was the inaugural Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues.
Prior to going to Geneva Amanda was Deputy Secretary International Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the first woman to head New Zealand’s Aid Programme, managing expenditure of more than half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually. Previous roles include Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group of the World Bank, where she also managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders CEO Forum, Head of the Global Gender Group at the International Finance Corporation, and National Manager Women in Business at Westpac Banking Corporation. Amanda is a founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment.
Amanda is the author of two best selling Random House titles, “Women’s Business, Women’s Wealth: Create the Life You Want at Work and in Business” (2002), and “Woman 2 Woman: New Zealand women share their experiences of career and business” (2004), and lead author of five World Bank titles in the Directions in Development Series on gender and growth in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.