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Susan Davis, President & CEO, BRAC USA

Ms. Davis is a thought leader in international development and civil society innovation.  She is a founder and current President & CEO of BRAC USA, an organisation created to support BRAC’s programs all over the world. She co-authored the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Knowwith David Bornstein. In addition, she is a founding board member and immediate past Chair of the Grameen Foundation. She also serves on Ashoka’s international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows. She is also Senior Advisor to New York University’s Reynolds Programme on Social Entrepreneurship.

Previously, she led Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, co-founded the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship and oversaw Ashoka’s expansion to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.  In addition, she served as a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the International Labor Organisation.  Before that, she led the global advocacy group, Women’s Environment & Development Organisation.

She has extensive micro-credit experience from her years with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh, and from her work with Women’s World Banking.  She also served as a funder and volunteer representative to start Ashoka Bangladesh. Earlier, she was the Assistant Director of the export trading company of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

She serves on numerous other boards including Project Enterprise, Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, and African Women’s Development Fund USA, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was educated at Georgetown, Harvard and Oxford universities.

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