Elissar recently completed a most rewarding and thriving career with the United Nations. She served and represented the United Nations/United Nations Development Program/UN Women in various developed and developing countries, including conflict and stable contexts. She served as Resident and non-Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, as well as global and regional organizations such as the OECD/DAC, the World Bank and various global funds, as well as regional and national commissions such as UNESCWA, the UN/Spanish MDGs Fund and the UNDP/OECD Partnership for Democratic Governance (DGP). Elissar represented UNIFEM/UN Women at the EU in Brussels and led the UN Country Team in developing the EU gender policy. She is a highly skillful negotiator with a track record of building consensus around sensitive political reforms and unlocking stagnant processes and decisions.
In September 2015, she was appointed at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University, as a Professor of Practice where she engages in academic events, as a Guest Lecturer and Speaker in International Development conferences and Executive Educational Programs.