Susan Davis is a founder and current president and CEO of the U.S. arm of the Bangladeshi non-governmental organization BRAC. Davis has been a senior advisor to New York University's Catherine B. Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship since its inception.
She 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 Labour Organization (ILO). From 1993–1998, Davis was the executive director of Women's Environment & Development Organization.
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.
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Last Updated: May 14, 2012