Amanda Ellis is Executive Director Hawaii & Asia-Pacific for the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, based in Hawaii, where she serves on the boards of Hawaii Green Growth, Bishop Museum, East-West Center and the Institute for Climate and Peace.

Previous roles include Lead Specialist Poverty Reduction and Economic Management for the World Bank Group, New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) during the negotiations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, co- chair for Humanitarian Access into Syria on the UN Security Council and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) Amanda Ellis was the first woman to lead the NZ Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Programme, managing an annual budget of over $0.6billion.

The author of two best selling Random House business books and five titles in the World Bank Directions in Development, Ms Ellis contributed most recently to the HRD 2018 Book of the Year, Leadership and Power in International Development.