Dr. Eliane Ubalijoro joined McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development in 2008 as an adjunct professor. In 2013, she was appointed as a professor of Practice for Public and Private Sector partnerships. Her research interests focus on innovation, gender and sustainable development for prosperity creation. She is a member of the Ducere Global faculty. In 2017, she facilitated conducted the leadership experiences module in the newly created Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development program, co-led by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Canada. Eliane teaches and advises in Leadership programs to help equip executives in science, innovation and international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity. 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). A former scientific director in a biotechnology company, she has co-led Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Exploration grants related to neglected tropical disease drug discovery and innovative participatory feedback from female smallholder farmers. She has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame since its inception in September 2007.
Eliane has been a reviewer for the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health program since 2012. 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 climate resilience and inclusive green growth pathways.
Eliane lives in Canada with her husband and daughter where they enjoy watching the oak trees they planted in their garden grow and travels regularly to Rwanda where she loves spending time on her family’s farm and watching different varieties of trees also mature.
Dr Ubalijoro holds an MSc and a PhD from McGill University with a specialization in plant-microbe molecular genetics, and a BSc from McGill University in General Agriculture.
Dr Ubalijoros' first term of office expires in December 2021.