Founder, President and CEO, BRAC USA
Susan Davis is a leader in international development and civil society innovation. She is a founder and current president and CEO of BRAC USA, an organization created to support BRAC, a pioneering development organization from Bangladesh, introduce its innovative development approach to improving the health, wealth and well-being of the poorest women and their families in Africa and other countries in Asia.
Davis has been a senior advisor to New York University’s Catherine B. Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship since its inception. Susan led Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and serves on its international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows. She also oversaw Ashoka’s expansion to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia and served as a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the International Labor Organization. She was the executive director of Women’s Environment & Development Organization, 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 to 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, she organized the Grameen Bank, BRAC and Proshika donor consortia to scale up microfinance. She also helped to start Ashoka in Bangladesh and served as its first volunteer representative. Susan also served as the assistant director of the first quasi-public export trading company launched in the 1980s by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.