Annie Demirjian

Annie DemirjianDirector, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs

Anne Demirjian was appointed the Director of Glendon School of Public & International Affairs, York University. From 2014-2015, she was the Director of Political Affairs & Mediation Group at the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). She was responsible for the peace building and state building portfolio, including: military/civilian interface & stabi-lization, political reform, state formation (federal/state), conflict prevention & local rec-onciliation and constitutional review. From 2004-2013, working with the UN Missions in the field, she headed UNDP’s Democratic Governance portfolio in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Eastern European countries & Central Asia. At UNDP-Iraq (2004-2007), Somalia (2008-2009) and Libya (2011-2012) she was responsible for transitional administration, the constitution drafting process, elections, institutional development and capacity building, public administration reform, local governance and civil society development. In 2010, she was seconded to Haiti to lead the Post Disaster Needs Assessment for the UNDP/World Bank after the earthquake in Haiti.

Anne has 20 years of senior management experience, in policy and programming, with the Federal Government of Canada (central agencies/line departments, including at the Security Intelligence & Review Committee (SIRC). For the United Nations and the World Bank she also worked in the following countries: Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria.

Teaching experience includes:
‘Canada’s role in conflict countries: Middle East & Africa’, Ryerson University, Spring Semester 2016;
‘Transitional governance & comparative experiences’ – EU accession process and the Arab Spring countries;
‘Peace-keeping & state-building in conflict/post conflict countries and the challenges facing the UN Missions’, at the following universities:

Almaty University and the Public Administration Academy in Astana, Kazakhstan;
Mathias Corvinus Collegium, Budapest, Hungary;
University of Tripoli, Libya;
American University of Armenia, Yerevan;

Multilingual (English, French, Arabic), high energy, results oriented, consensus builder and good communicator. Holds MSc (Université du Quebec à Montreal), B.A ,York University, (Glendon College) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Diploma.