ISID Professors of Practice

On this page: Joe Clark | Mark Berlin | Shannon Gorman | Timothy Hodges | Rachel Kiddell-Monroe | Aruna Roy | Jamal Saghir | Kim Samuel  | Elissar SarrouhEliane Ubalijoro |


The 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.


Mr. 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.


Ms. Shannon Gorman

ISID Professor of Practice


Mr. Timothy Hodges

ISID Professor of Practice

Timothy Hodges is Professor of Practice in Strategic Approaches to Global Affairs, at McGill University’s Institute for the  Study of International Development  (IISD) where his research will focus on the application of strategic foresight methodologies in global affairs and on role indigenous communities in the negotiation and implementation of international sustainable development treaties. Concurrently, he is co-lead and founding member of Foresight and Environmental Scanning Unit at Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) and is President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO).

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Tim is a career Canadian diplomat, with a focus on a range of sustainable development issues and relevant fora, including, for example, in: the UN General Assembly, G8/G7, WTO, APEC, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Food and Agricultural Organization, UNESCO, OECD, Organization of American States, NAFTA, and Arctic Council. His recent assignments include: Co-Chair, intergovernmental negotiating committee for the United Nations treaty on Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources (Nagoya Protocol), 2006-2010; Head, Canadian Delegation to the CBD negotiations, 2003-2006; Inaugural Co-Chair of Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Access and Benefit-sharing, 2004-2006; Co-Head of the Canadian delegation to the Biosafety Protocol negotiations, 1997-1999. Timothy’s most recent posting was to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he first served as Economic Counsellor and, in turn, Head of the Embassy’s Environment and Fisheries Section.


Ms. 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.

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Rachel has also lectured on international development at McGill University and consulted for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (www.dndi.org), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime (www.aidslaw.ca) and MSF (www.msf.org).  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 (www.isglobal.org) governance seminar in November 2013.


Aruna Roy

Professor of Pratice in Global Governance

Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy is a prominent socio-political activist and is a part of many socio-political  movements in India. After graduating with an M.A. in English Literature, she was in the civil service from 1968 to 1975. In 1975 she resigned from the Indian Administrative Service to work with the rural poor in Rajasthan. She moved to Devdungri, Rajasthan in 1987, along with Shankar Singh, and Nikhil Dey to collectively build a peoples’ organisation - the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS -1990). She has worked with democratic campaigns for the access of the poor to constitutional rights for equality and justice- the Right to Information, Employment , Food Security and PUCL. She worked as a member of the National Advisory Council from 2004-06, 2010-13. As member of the Council she played a crucial role in the passage of national legislations for the Right to Information and the Right to Employment (MGNREGA) in 2005. [Anchor]

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She is a prominent member of many campaigns, and currently the President of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW). She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2000, the Nani Palkiwala Award and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management in 2010, and listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the TIME Magazine for 2011.

She was conferred the degree of doctorate (honoris causa) by the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 2nd October 2013. The MKSS Collective has received many awards including the Rule of Law Award in the World Justice Forum held in Barcelona, Spain in June 2011.The MKSS has been a part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) an international platform, and was in the Steering Committee till 2014.


Mr. Jamal Saghir

ISID Professor of Practice Jamal [dot] saghir [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 


Dr. 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. Eliane 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. 

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Eliane 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. Eliane 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. Eliane 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. Eliane 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 Eliane 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. Eliane 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, Eliane 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. Eliane 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. Eliane recently co-lead a scoping exercise on Current and Future Science Leadership Development Needs for the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa.