Susanne Courtney

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Susanne is the founder of Power of Voice International, a non-profit dedicated to building strategic
communications skills of CSOs around the world. She is also a freelance journalist and writer, and consults on
strategy, community-building, advocacy and new media communications. Susanne co-authored the ground-
breaking Report on Canadian Impact Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets published in November 2019. In
May 2019 Susanne wrapped up a fellowship in global journalism at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global
Affairs at the University of Toronto where her focus was on international development and development finance.

Prior to founding Power of Voice International, Susanne worked with TGNP Mtandao in Dar es Salaam– a
powerhouse Tanzanian women’s rights organization – to increase the strategic communications skills of all level of
executives. She previously led Action Against Hunger Canada and Amref Canada.

Susanne has deep experience in strategic communications planning and implementation. She founded and led an
award-winning North American communications agency based in Toronto. Typical client work included building
communities of activists for treatment access in emerging fields of medicine, and developing partnerships and
collaborations with sports industry thought-leaders on behalf of a high performance sports apparel brand. One
client in particular, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, re-ignited her passion for global development. With the
sale of the agency concluded, Susanne moved into the non-profit sector providing leadership in general
management including organization effectiveness and governance, while also contributing to strengthening in-
house marketing/communications and development programmes.

Susanne has significant experience working with all levels of government and in particular Global Affairs Canada
where she began her career as a Foreign Service Officer. Postings to the Canadian embassies in Paris, France and
Abidjan, Ivory Coast honed her skills in negotiation, writing and communications, sector research and insights and
created a life-long respect for international organizations.

Educated in Canada and Switzerland, Susanne earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from
Glendon College including a one-year exchange at Laval University in Quebec. She is fluent in English and French.

Domaine d’expertise

Accroissement de l'impact, Engagement constructif, Enterprise sociale

Langue(s) de travail

Anglais, Français

Autres clients

MotherFood International, women's rights CSOs in Tanzania

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