Marjan Ehsassi

Director @ Program Impact & Learning at Global Communities

Ms. Horst Ehsassi is also the Founder and President of BlackFish Advocates, an organization dedicated to engagement with civil society in complex and closed environments. She was Senior Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) managing democracy and governance programs in parts of Asia. At ABA-ROLI, she managed the organization’s rule of law programs in the MENA region. She also worked with the Gender Equality Group in the Office of the Chief Economist at the World Bank. She began her legal career with Blake Cassels & Graydon in Toronto and later trained as a litigator at the New York offices of Sherman & Sterling. Ms. Horst Ehsassi earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and an LL.M from McGill University in Montreal. Originally from Iran, she was born in Geneva and speaks English, French and Farsi with native fluency.