Susanne is the Regional Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for the Arab States. In this capacity, she leads UN Women’s normative, program and coordination work in the Middle East and North Africa.
Susanne brings with her over 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Before joining UN-Women, she was Director of Humanitarian Assistance at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), managing SIDA´s single largest budget, covering over 25 countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen.
With a long experience from the UN system, including being the Resident Program Coordinator of UNICEF in South Sudan as well as the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, and UNICEFs Office for Emergency Operations, her experience from some of the most fragile settings including active conflicts, includes both humanitarian works as well as programs gearing towards accelerating the transition to development. She has also supported World Bank’s programs on economic development in fragile settings. In 1999, Susanne started her international career at the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Susanne is a national of Sweden and Egypt and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Uppsala University of Sweden.