ISID Professors of Practice

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

ISID Professor of Practice

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 is a lawyer and an activist, specializing in humanitarian assistance, global health, governance and bioethics. She is passionate about social justice and finding ways to show humanity and solidarity for people and our planet. In 2018 Rachel founded SeeChange initiative, a non-profit organization which works with a radical community first approach to health to promote principles of community self-empowerment and solidarity. The first project is co-creating an innovative platform for change with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic to enable them to address the tuberculosis epidemic at the community level.

This initiative builds on Rachel’s long history of humanitarian work which began in 1989 when she left her legal practice to work on indigenous rights and East Timorese independence with grassroots organisations in Indonesia. From there, Rachel joined Médecins sans Médecins Sans Frontières and headed various emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Rwanda (before, during and after the genocide) and Democratic Republic of Congo. After becoming programme director of MSF Canada, she was appointed Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in Costa Rica. She also led the MSF Access to Medicines Campaign in Canada until 2007.

Rachel became the founding President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in 2007 and most recently, she served as a Director on MSF's International Board, its highest governance platform. In 2013, Rachel was invited to be a Professor of Practice at McGill University where she lectures on international development, humanitarian action and access to medicines. She completed her LL.M in Bioethics at McGill and her thesis focused on a multicentric approach to global governance for health. Rachel has (co)authored several peer-reviewed publications, most recently on access to medicines, humanitarian ethics and the global refugee crisis.

Christian Novak

ISID Professor of Practice

Christian Novak joined ISID in 2018 as Professor of Practice. He focuses on development finance, particularly on the effective use of public and private capital to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The topics that he covers include: the operating models and methods of development finance institutions, blended finance, funding needs for the advancement of priority sectors and underserved segments of the population, environment finance, and impact investing.

Christian Novak possesses over 29 years experience in investment banking and in economic & social development, having worked for renowned international banks and for a prominent regional development finance institution. As Managing Partner of FMA - Frontier Markets Advisors, he provides advisory services in the field of development finance and impact investing. He played leading roles in launching various initiatives for the development of the private sector, namely through the use of innovative financing, including starting up a microfinance institution, two foundations aimed at fostering infrastructure and education, the 'impact investing' team of an investment bank, and the private-sector arm of a development finance institution.

He graduated as a Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Argentina.


Jamal Saghir

ISID Professor of Practice

Mr. Jamal Saghir is an Economist and former Director at the World Bank, Washington D.C. He is an expert in Energy, Water, Transport, Infrastructure, International finance, and Economic Development with over 25 years of experience at the World Bank Group.

Mr. Saghir is currently Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, Montreal, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines and Affiliated Scholar at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He is also Special Advisor to the Executive Committee of Bollore Transport and Logistics, France; member of Board of directors of CICA S.A; SATRAM-HUILES SA; SAMC-COMBUSTIBLES SA and SM TANK, Switzerland; member of Board of directors of FFA Private Bank, Lebanon and Dubai; member of the member of Board of directors of AMEA Power LLC, Dubai; member of the Advisory Board of GRV Global Ltd, London and member of the Council for Sustainable Development Goals 1, End Poverty, The World Government Summit, Dubai.

From 2010 to 2016, he was Director of Sustainable Development and Senior Regional Adviser at the World Bank. He held directorships in Africa 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 departments of the World Bank Group with over 400 staff. He was responsible for a portfolio of nearly $25 billion.

From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Saghir served in senior management and leadership roles in a variety of private and public sector development operations in Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. In 1999 he served as Sector Manager in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Saghir served as Resident Advisor to the Prime Ministry in Tunisia and Country Director for Scientex Corporation, Center for Privatization (1988-1990), and from 1985-1988, he held the positions of Economic Adviser and Chief of Staff to the Associate Minister of Finance and Privatization in Quebec (Canada). From 1982 to 1985, he served as Economist at the National Assembly of Quebec.

Mr. Saghir was appointed in 2009 by the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon as core member of the United Nations Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group, and he was also appointed as core member of the Global Energy Assessment from 2008-2011. He contributed to the delivery of major reports to the UN Secretary General and international community on Energy and Climate Change. ­­­­­­Mr. Saghir has contributed to over 40 publications, essays and books. He holds a B.A and M.A. in economics from Laval University, Canada He has also attended management executive programs at the Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.



Elissar Sarrouh

PhD (ABD) Carleton University

ISID Professor of Practice

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

ISID Professor of Practice

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.


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