ISID Professors of Practice

Right Honourable Charles Joseph (Joe) Clark

P.C., C.C., A.O.E., M.A., L.L.D.
Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark is active in international affairs, most recently (2006) as leader of the Carter Center Election Observation team in the first elections in 42 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and (since 2004) as co-chair of a joint committee of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Government of Cameroon preparing an independent electoral commission for Cameroon. Among other organizations, Mr. Clark serves on the board of the Canadian Council for Africa, the Canadian Foundation for Latin America (FOCAL), and the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Canadian Institute of Governance Innovation (CIGI). He is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation head-quartered in London, the Inter-American Dialogue head-quartered in Washington, the Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas head-quartered at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor General of Canada.

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Mark Berlin

MPhil, Cambridge
ISID Professor of Practice

A graduate of the University of Toronto (BA) ; University of Ottawa, (LL.B) ; and Cambridge University (M.Phil.), Mark L. Berlin was appointed as a Professor of Practice at ISID in 2012. He brings to McGill a wealth of experience in academia and government practice. For 25 years he was Adjunct Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Ottawa and authored various articles and co-published "Human Rights in Canada" (Buttersworth). At the same time, he worked for the Department of Justice. Over the course of his career at Justice he had the good fortune to directly serve as legal and policy counsel to 4 Attorneys General; Senior Counsel - Criminal Law Policy; was Senior General Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Special Advisor on the Middle East to the Minister of Justice and Director General of International Legal Programmes. His focus was on legal technical assistance and institutional capacity building in failed and fragile states establishing justice sector reforms in diverse areas such as Sudan, Bangladesh, Ukraine, and the Palestinian Authority to name a few. He was also appointed in 2012 to a 3 year term on the Law Commission of Ontario and continues to serve on various executive committees for both the Ontario and Canadian Bar Association.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown is a regular consulting advisor to the United Nations (UN) on natural resource and land conflicts, mediation, indigenous peoples and peacebuilding. He is a Professor of Practice in Conflict Mediation at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. His work focuses primarily on natural resource and land conflicts.  He was the UN's Senior Mediation Expert on Land and Natural Resource Conflicts for the Department of Political Affairs' (DPA) Standby Mediation Team, and a Senior Expert on Natural Resources, Environmental Diplomacy and Mediation for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He has held leadership and senior advisory positions with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN DPA, the World Bank, and UN peace missions.

Among many professional and academic publications, Michael is one of the principal contributing authors of Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners (United Nations, 2015). His experience spans dozens of countries through Latin America, Asia, Africa and North America. His natural resource conflict expertise covers extractive industries, land and water disputes, particularly when local and/or indigenous communities are involved or affected. In Canada, he has worked on environmental law, aboriginal law, policy development and alternative dispute resolution. He is now focusing on consensus building, mediation, and the design and strengthening of policy and institutional frameworks to promote conflict prevention and resolution. He was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario, and is a Certified Mediator in the Province of Québec. He speaks English, Spanish and French.

Timothy Hodges

ISID Professor of Practice

Timothy Hodges joined the Institute in 2015 as Professor of Practice – focusing on the application of strategic foresight methodologies in global affairs and on the negotiation and implementation of international sustainable development treaties.

A principal focus of his research at ISID is understanding how indigenous communities, in both the South and the North, participate in and benefit from the implementing international sustainable development treaties (such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.  Currently, he is reviewing the experience of Indigenous Peoples representatives in both negotiating the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources and traditional knowledge and developing case studies in Indigenous community implementation of the Protocol. Hodges aims to produce pragmatic results in the form of best practices and lessons learned -- which he hopes will in turn support reconciliation in Canada.

Hodges also serves as ISID’s project lead in the newly forming joint Network on Global Trends.  The Network is an innovative pilot project among select Canadian academic institutions and federal government departments through which experts from participating institutions will “virtually” provide their collective knowledge to help policy makers anticipate and shape emerging global challenges and opportunities.

Concurrently, Hodges is Adjunct Professor in the School of Liberal Arts and Science at the TransDisciplinary University (TDU) in Bangalore -- where he is developing a course on global sustainable development treaties for TDU’s new M.Sc. in Conservation Futures.

Hodges is A former career Canadian diplomat and the immediate past President of the Canadian Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO).  He brings to ISID over thirty-five years of experience in a wide range of international forums, including within the United Nations System, the G8, World Trade Organization, APEC, OECD, Organization of American States, NAFTA, and the Arctic Council.

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

LLM, McGill
ISID Professor of Practice

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, a lawyer and an activist, specializes in humanitarian assistance, global health, governance and bioethics. She is currently a member of the MSF International Board of Directors.  Rachel was President of the Board of Directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines from 2007 to 2013 and now serves as UAEM’s Senior Policy Advisor.  She was recently appointed to the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee (adult).  After working on indigenous rights and East Timor independence with grassroots organisations in Indonesia from 1989 to 1992, Rachel joined Médecins sans Frontières. With MSF she headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and Rwanda before, during and after the genocide. After becoming programme director of MSF Canada, she was appointed Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in CostaRica from 1999-2003. Returning to Canada in 2003, she led the MSF Access Campaign in Canada until 2007.

Rachel has also lectured on international development at McGill University and consulted for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime ( and MSF (  Rachel has specialised her academic and professional career on global health and institutional governance. She completed her LL.M in Bioethics at McGill in 2013 and her thesis focused on a multicentric approach to global governance for health. Rachel has authored several peer-reviewed publications in this field and most recently a working paper on her proposal for multicentric global governance for health was published and presented at the international ISGlobal ( governance seminar in November 2013.

Cristina Larrea

Ms. Larrea is a Senior Project Manager with 15 years of experience, 7 of which she spent directly in the field, in the areas of economic and financial inclusion, impact investment and sustainable development, working directly with women, youth, indigenous population and agriculture and forestry small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). With a Master Degree in International Development, an Executive Development Course from McGill, and a Bachelor in Business Administration, she has led several international projects aiming at the growth of agricultural SMEs in Latin America and East Africa, including the advance of sustainable practices, the promotion of market access and the improvement of SMEs’s bankability to access finance. Some of her achievements include the establishment of three cooperatives in Chiapas, with one entering the export market with organic certified coffee, and the development of an internationally recognized impact measurement framework to measure the triple bottom line impact of investments in agricultural SMEs. Proficient in English, Spanish and French, her publication record has covered the fields of economic development, sustainability and impact investing

Christian Novak

Christian Novak possesses over 25 years experience in investment banking and in economic & social development, having worked for renowned international banks and for a leading regional development financial institution. As Managing Partner of FMA - Frontier Markets Advisors, Mr. Novak’s consulting services have included projects in the spaces of financial inclusion, development finance, and impact investing, with focus on microfinance (namely reaching uniquely underserved communities, like women, smallholder farmers, displaced and refugee populations), SME finance, sustainable agriculture, and innovative impact investing structures. He graduated as a Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Argentina. Mr. Novak is proficient in English, Spanish and French, with basic level of Portuguese.

Jamal Saghir

ISID Professor of Practice

Jamal Saghir was appointed as a Professor of Practice at ISID in April 2016. He brings to McGill a wealth of experience in development. He received his MA in economics from Laval University. Mr. Saghir joined the World Bank in 1990, where he focused on privatization and restructuring of State Owned Enterprises and Public-Private Partnerships. From 2010 to 2016 he was Director of Sustainable Development and Senior Regional Advisor at the World Bank. He held directorships in agriculture and rural development, energy and infrastructure, environment, climate change, water, transport, and Sustainable Development. He provided intellectual and operational leadership and managed one of the largest department of the World Bank Group with over 400 staff, an equal number of consultants. He was responsible for a portfolio of close to around US$25 billion.

From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Saghir was Director and Chair of the World Bank Group’s Boards for Energy, Transport and Water. In this capacity, he led the Bank Group’s activities and guided its lending and operational strategy in energy and infrastructure sectors and its implementation. During this period, the Bank strongly increased its engagement in infrastructure investments.

From 1990 until 2000, Mr. Saghir served in senior positions, management and leadership roles in a variety of private sector development, restructuring operations in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) designing and delivering innovative operations and analytical work. In 1998, he was named the Bank’s Sector Leader in the MENA's Infrastructure Development Group, and promoted to Sector Manager in 1999.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Saghir served as Resident Advisor to the Prime Ministry in Tunisia (1988-1990) and Country Director for the Scientex Corporation, Center for Privatization. From 1985-1988, Mr. Saghir held the positions of Chief of Staff and Economic Adviser to the Associate Minister of Finance and Privatization in Quebec (Canada).

Mr. Saghir was appointed in 2009 by the UN Secretary General as member of the United Nations Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group, and he was a member of the Global Energy Assessment from 2008-2011. He contributed to the delivery of major reports on Energy and Climate Change.

Kim Samuel

Kim Samuel has over two decades of leadership experience in business, philanthropy, development of multi-stakeholder partnerships and academic research. As President of The Samuel Family Foundation, Ms. Samuel has actively engaged in a number of collaborative partnerships directed toward global poverty eradication, global environmental sustainability and conservation, youth empowerment, Indigenous rights and human rights advocacy, preservation of traditional arts and wisdom, disability rights and family support. As a Director of The Samuel Group of Companies, founded in 1855, comprising a network of operations across North America engaged in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of steel and other metals, Ms. Samuel has also advanced leadership in corporate social responsibility.

A pioneer in the field of social isolation and connectedness, Ms. Samuel combines academic research, writing and lecturing with direct programmatic and partnership building experience supporting communities across the globe facing diverse challenges. Her work focusing on social isolation as a critical experiential and measurable component of multi-dimensional poverty underscores the importance of social connectedness to human dignity and human rights struggles globally.

Ms. Samuel is Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, Montreal, Canada and is actively engaged in several joint programmatic and research efforts.  Now in its 10th iteration, Ms. Samuel co-created the innovative Environmental Performance Index with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University.  The index supports governments in accessing and addressing environmental sustainability targets and is closely linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Samuel works in partnership with the Synergos Institute, Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation and the Foundation for Community Development advancing advocacy and programming that supports social connectedness for children.  Ms. Samuel plays an active and ongoing role with Special Olympics International and in particular with regard to the Family Support and Unified Sports programming initiatives.  Ms. Samuel is also engaged in partnership with Indigenous communities in northern Canada including Misipawistik Cree Nation, supporting community driven strategies for strengthening education and employment.

Ms. Samuel’s Academic record includes a Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography) (1983), University of Toronto as well as serving as Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (2013-2014) where she continues to serve as Policy Advisor.  She also served as Chair of the External Advisory Board (2007-2015) for the Environmental Measurement Taskforce of the Yale University Center of Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP).  Among other appointments and memberships, Ms. Samuel is a Founding Member of the Global Philanthropists Circle; Trustee of Temenos Academy, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Oxford Philharmonic; Director of Synergos Institute and Quincy Jones Music Consortium; and Member of the Advisory Committee of TakingITGlobal, the Africa Advisory Committee and the Disability Rights Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch. 

Elissar Sarrouh

PhD (ABD) Carleton University

ISID Professor of Practice for Governance and Sustainability

Elissar Sarrouh is a Professor of Practice on Governance and Sustainability at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is the Founder/CEO of Expert Consulting on Governance Inc., and former United Nations Diplomat/Representative.

During her career with the UN, she held several senior representational, leadership and advisory positions in several countries including New York, Belgium, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Sultanate of Oman.  Her professional profile includes extensive experience in Canada with the Parliamentary Centre, CIDA, IDRC, and Canadian Development and Humanitarian organizations. She served on several Canadian and International Boards including the Parliamentary Center Board of Directors and the Laussane based The Evian Group - Economic Order in the Global Era Board of Directors.

Elissar Sarrouh is a leading expert on governance reforms, development planning and strategies, and CSR for sustainable inclusive development.  Her areas of expertise include in-depth knowledge of governance institutions, policies and models; development priorities, public institutions and public service reforms, social policies, inclusive economic policy challenges, and political institutions reforms in transition and post-conflict countries. While her expertise is of a global scope, her specialized expertise is MENA and Arab Gulf states.

Professor Sarrouh is an author of several policy and research papers, Governance and Development Global and Regional Reports,  UN development frameworks and strategic plans, national development strategies and programs and key UN/UNDP publications. 

Eliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. She is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus on innovation and sustainable development for prosperity creation. Éliane teaches and advises in Leadership programs to help equip executives in international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity. She was a facilitator in the International Health Leadership Development Programme (IHLDP) commissioned by the Kenya Red Cross and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance offered by Lancaster University’s Management School. She teaches leadership in the International Parliamentary Executive Education program run by McGill University (in English) and by Université Laval (in French) in conjunction with the World Bank Institute. 

Éliane was the principal investigator on a Gates Grand Challenges Phase I grant looking at Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development. She is a past member of FemStep, a research network highlighting rural girls’ and women’s perspectives for engendering poverty reduction strategies in Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo and Ethiopia using arts based methodologies. Éliane has been developing Ashes to Light, a multimedia project to document intergenerational dialogue on resilience as a platform for wisdom sharing and youth leadership training in peace building. Éliane is an advisor to the Social Enterprise Yambe V&P located in Rwanda. Previously, she was an assistant professor (special category) in McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as an expert consultant for the non-profit group: The Innovation Partnership (TIP). She has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame since its inception in September 2007. Éliane was the project manager and an investigator on a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health phase project led by Professor Timothy Geary, the director of McGill’s Institute of Parasitology from 2009 to 2014.  As a result of this work, she has been a reviewer for the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health program since 2012. In 2013, she also became the chair of the International Advisory Board of the African Institute of Biomedical Science & Technology.

Prior to going back to Academia, she was a scientific research and development director in a Montreal-based biotechnology company for five years in charge of molecular diagnostic and bioinformatics discovery programs. She was a member of the Advisory Board of Ecosystems Restoration Associates, a Canadian based pioneer in global forest restoration and conservation based carbon offset programs from 2010 to 2012. This work led Éliane to undertake consulting work in Haiti and in Africa related to sustainable climate resilient economic growth. She is a contributor to the 2012 released book “The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century” by Berrett- Koehler Publishers. She was a panellist at the joint event sponsored by the New York Times and International Leadership Association (ILA) in partnership with the Global Coalition on Aging entitled Intergenerational Leadership: The Challenges of a Shifting Workforce on March 7th, 2013. Éliane chaired the 15th ILA Annual Global Conference bringing close to a thousand leadership scholars and practitioners to Montreal from October 30th to November 2nd 2013. She is now a board member of ILA. In 2014, Éliane gave a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. She is a Founding Signatory of the Fuji Declaration that was launched in Japan in May 2015. Éliane contributed a book chapter with Dr. John Baugher to the 2015 ebook, Becoming A Better Leader. In December 2015, she contributed a piece to the Leading Thoughts section of the New York Times in Education on Leadership online platform on Leadership lessons from experiences of innovation, trauma and grief. She contributed to the 2016 book Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World. Éliane recently co-lead a scoping exercise on Current and Future Science Leadership Development Needs for the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa.