Senior Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, New York University & Member of the ACUNS Board of Directors | USA & CANADA Overview of SDG17: Importance and Current Challenges of Multi-stakeholder Partnership for the Goals Sarmad Khan is an international affairs professional with over 20 years’ experience in United Nations development cooperation, international policy and programmes and executive leadership development. Mr. Khan has held several senior positions in the United Nations, most recently as the Head of the UN RC Office in the UAE, Senior Advisor on Planning and Partnerships, and Special Advisor on the UN’s engagement in Expo 2020, Dubai. He was Head of leadership policy and programme development at the UN Development Operations Coordination Office where he led UN’s work on leadership solutions and reform. He served as one of the lead authors of the UN’s first Leadership Model promoting systems leadership, a member of the senior UN committee charged by the Secretary-General to develop a system-wide leadership framework, and senior manager of the UN’s first high-level ‘Learning Advisory Council on the 2030 Agenda’. Earlier in his career, Sarmad worked with the United Nations System Staff College in Turin as an Instructor and Coordinator of its flagship UN Leadership Programme training senior and emerging leaders across the UN system. Sarmad is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University and a Board Director for the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). In 2020, Sarmad was recognized by the BMW Foundation Hebert Quandt as one of forty global Responsible Leaders for his contributions to the SDGs through positive change and collaborative action.