Amanda Ellis Named Honorary Patron for the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Awards
Monday, November 18, 2013
Amanda Ellis Named Honorary Patron for the
2013 TIAW World of Difference Awards
The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is pleased to announce that Amanda Ellis has been named Honorary Patron for the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Awards. One of the most influential global champion’s of women’s economic empowerment, Ms. Ellis currently serves as New Zealand’s Head of Mission and Ambassador, PR, to the United Nations in Geneva. She is also special envoy for the New Zealand Prime Minister. In 2011, Ms. Ellis was the recipient of the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award for her longstanding and effective support of women’s economic empowerment.
"Amanda Ellis has had an enormous impact on the economic empowerment of women in every single role she has taken on in her career,” said Lisa Hickey, President of TIAW. "She uses her influence at the global level to pave the way for women at all levels of the economic spectrum, but particularly for women who are most disadvantaged through gender disparities in income, opportunity, culture and social norms. We are delighted that she has agreed to be the Honorary Patron of the awards as she is the exemplar of everything the TIAW World of Difference Awards stand for," said Ms. Hickey.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ellis has had a huge impact on advancing women. 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.
Moving to the corporate world, she 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.
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. From there she joined the World Bank in Washington, DC as Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group, where she also managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, working with the world’s most powerful CEOs to promote women’s economic empowerment.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Ellis was Deputy Chief Executive of the New Zealand ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of the New Zealand Aid program, leading 220 staff in New Zealand and offshore to manage over half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually.
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 for her 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 is a member of Rotary International, serves on the Advisory Boards of New Zealand Global Women, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Global Banking Alliance, WE Connect International and has been a longstanding advocate of TIAW’s mission.