Elia Armstrong


United Nations Ethics Office

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 13 August 2015 the appointment of Elia Armstrong of Canada as Director of the Ethics Office.  She succeeds Joan Elise Dubinsky of the United States, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service to the Organization.

Ms. Armstrong brings to the position more than 20 years of extensive experience in the field of governance, public administration and organizational ethics, having served in different capacities in the United Nations since 1999 and with the Government of Canada and non-governmental organizations.

Currently she has, since 2013, been Chief of the Development Management Branch of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Ms. Armstrong was Director of the Ethics Office at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2008 to 2012 and was Senior Ethics Officer, a.i., during the establishment of the United Nations Ethics Office in 2006.

Ms. Armstrong holds a master’s degree in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of British Columbia.