President and CEO, BRAC USA
Susan is President and CEO of BRAC USA, a member of Ashoka's International Selection Committee for Ashoka Fellows and she has also led the Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship since its inception. She also oversees Ashoka's expansion into the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia regions. Susan also serves as a senior advisor to the Director General of the International Labour Organization on globalization and gender issues. She helped to found and now chairs the board of the Grameen Foundation USA. She also serves on the Human Rights Advisory Council of Mary Robinson's Ethical Globalization Initiative and on the boards of Project Enterprise and Aid to Artisans. Susan was the Executive Director of WEDO, a global women's advocacy organization that pioneered new mechanisms for the global women's movement to influence negotiations at global United Nations meetings from 1993-1998. Prior to that, she led innovative initiatives aimed at scaling up microfinance institutions that were owned and governed by poor women at Women's World Banking and the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh. During her four and half years in Dhaka from 1987 to 1991, she helped to start Ashoka in Bangladesh and served as its first volunteer representative. Susan served as the Assistant Director of the first quasi-publicexport trading company launched in the 1980s by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Susan was educated at Georgetown, Harvard and Oxford universities and is from Louisiana.