Amir A. Dossal is a British chartered accountant and a social innovator. He is the founder and chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum (GPF), an international platform to address economic and social challenges, through innovative partnerships. Dossal is also co-initiator of the Pearl Initiative, which promotes transparency in the Gulf Region, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships.
Until September 2010, Dossal was the United Nations' Chief Liaison for Partnerships. He developed strategic alliances with governments, corporations, foundations and philanthropists to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. One of Dossal’s many responsibilities was as the UN's Representative for the partnership with media mogul Ted Turner's $1 billion donation, through the UN Foundation, supporting over 450 programmes and projects for women and children’s health, population, climate change, and biodiversity. In addition, Amir oversaw management of the UN Democracy Fund, which he established in 2005, to strengthen institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies.
Since joining the United Nations in 1985, Dossal has led a number of new initiatives. In 1997 he set up the Management Policy Office to oversee reform within the United Nations and two years later he established the UN Fund for International Partnerships, as the interface for the UN Foundation. In 2005 he set up the UN Democracy Fund followed by the UN Office for Partnerships in 2007 to oversee multiple partnership functions.
In 2012 Dossal helped to establish the Foundation for a Digital UN, one the latest initiatives of the United Nations.