Director, Healthcare Initiative School of Management,
University College London
Susana trained as a scientist and has since been seeking solutions to challenges in global health. A belief that an understanding of the various perspectives is needed has led her to pursue research, work in the field, and with international organisations and governments.
She has worked in the UK, Portugal, The Gambia, Switzerland, USA, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique, Angola.Susana developed and leads an innovative healthcare initiative at the University College London. She acted as consultant with the UN (UNDP, UNAIDS, Department of Peacekeeping Operations) and Ministries of Health for a decade on developing national health, monitoring and evaluation, and emergency/humanitarian strategies and implementation. Prior to that, she spent eight years at the University of Oxford where she studied, taught, and conducted research; she worked in a Phase-I clinical trial for an HIV vaccine.
During this time Susana was part of the Founding Committee of Oxford Entrepreneurs and acted as Secretary, Oxford University Strategic Studies Group. She has conducted research at the NIH, Fort Detrick, USA, and at the Medical Research Council, The Gambia.
She successfully piloted an innovative health system for real-time surveillance with the European Space Agency, which led her to be named Social Capital Markets Entrepreneur 2012. She is co-founder and was Executive Director of IES -Social Business School, Portugal. Susana acts as scientific advisor for the MPP, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and as health innovation expert for the EU.
She seats on the Advisory Boards of the Institute Global Health Georgia, Oxford Entrepreneurs (Oxford), IES (Portugal), and Center for Business and Poverty (Oxford). She is Mentor for Oxford Women in Business and Global Thinkers Forum, and Member of the Economic Research Council, UK.Susana holds a Doctorate in Clinical Medicine (HIV Immunology), University of Oxford, an MBA, Oxford SAID Business School (Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship), BSc and postgrad, Tropical Medical Microbiology, Portugal.