Lisa Leander

Senior Advisor Membership

Lisa Leander is an international development expert with over 17 years of experience managing capacity building projects globally.   In her role as Senior Advisor, Membership at GBSN she supports member engagement strategies and international events.  In her previous positions she has overseen USAID, World Bank, U.S State Department trade and entrepreneurship projects globally with a project portfolio of up to $24 million. She has managed overall operations, implemented programs, conducted impact evaluations, negotiated contracts, and built systems in multiple developing countries and contexts.    

From 2008-2016 Lisa was the Membership Engagement Officer for GBSN where she managed membership strategies and executing international projects. She has managed international teams while working in-country on projects in Egypt, Jordan, India, Botswana, Tanzania, Tunisia, South Africa, Philippines, Mexico, and Cambodia.  

In addition to her advisory role at GBSN, she is the Capture Manager for the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council where she manages and captures international transactions between multi-national companies between the two countries.  Lisa has a MA in International Development Studies from Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and a BA in History and Spanish from Sonoma State University.