Elizabeth Cousens

Elizabeth Cousens

President and CEO, UN Foundation

Elizabeth is the President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, after serving four years as Deputy CEO where she oversaw all the Foundation’s policy, advocacy, and communications work.   

Before joining the Foundation, Elizabeth served as the Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the UN and later served as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly. 

She was previously Director of Strategy for the HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which promotes and conducts mediation of armed conflict; Vice President of the International Peace Institute, where she led initiatives on global crisis management and UN reform; and Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. 

Elizabeth has a D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as a B.A. in history and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound.  

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