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Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
Brussels

Crisis Group Role

As Chief of Advocacy, Elissa Jobson provides strategic direction and oversight for Crisis Group’s advocacy and is responsible for developing strategies to maximise the organisation’s policy impact.

Professional Background

Elissa previously served as Director of Africa Regional Advocacy and was the organisation’s main liaison with the African Union. Prior to joining Crisis Group, she was a media relations specialist with UNICEF in New York, where she helped co-ordinate public advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals. Between 2012 and 2014, she was a freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa working for The Guardian, Africa Confidential, The Africa Report and Business Day.

In The News

27 Feb 2020
While it's good to see that African Union leaders are showing real concern about the conflict in the Sahel, the deployment of troops isn't necessarily the right answer. AFP

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
10 Feb 2020
The [African Union] is trying to be more self-sufficient, less reliant on donors. Reuters

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
12 Oct 2018
Seeking the leadership of the Francophonie is clearly part of Rwanda's goal for a greater continental and global role. France 24

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
15 Mar 2018
At the moment, 60% of the [African Union] budget comes from the five biggest economies. So that means that even if you’ve got the other 50 countries on board, you still haven’t met even 50% of the budget. The Africa Report

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
14 Mar 2017
Building coalitions at the regional level and ... at the international level will be how [the head of the AU] can make an impact on many of the crises that the continent is facing. RFI

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
31 Jan 2017
If there is one thing that will in the longer term lead to a more peaceful Africa it will be an Africa trading more freely with itself. The Washington Post

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy

Latest Updates

100 Days of War in Ukraine: Russia’s Offensive in the East

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk about the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which continues more than 100 days after Russia launched its large-scale invasion of its neighbour.

The Ukraine War: A Watershed Moment for EU Foreign Policy?

This week on War & Peace, Elissa Jobson is joined by Crisis Group EU experts Lisa Musiol and Giuseppe Famà to talk about the EU’s transformative response to the Ukraine war and what it can do to help promote peace in other conflicts around the world.

Internal Displacement and Humanitarian Response in Ukraine

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk to Crisis Group expert Simon Schlegel about the mass displacement resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the conflict enters its third month and fighting continues in the east and south.

Can the OSCE Survive the Ukraine War?

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk to Dr. Cornelius Friesendorf about the OSCE’s future in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Podcast / Global

The Ukraine War’s Global Shockwaves

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and new co-host Elissa Jobson discuss the wide-ranging global ramifications of Russia’s war in Ukraine.