Susannah Rodgers

Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion, Climate and Environment Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

A successful former professional Paralympic swimmer who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning six medals across both Games including gold in the 50m Butterfly in Rio and 5 bronze medals. Susie has won 30 international medals throughout her career at all levels of competition, 17 of them gold. Susie is an expert adviser for global clients on disability inclusion and currently works for the UK Government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion. She has advised on a number of projects of over £4bn investments in companies around the world, pioneering new inclusive approaches, designs, thought leadership and strategy to ensure no one is left behind in international development. She is an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council. Susie has a degree from Newcastle University in Modern Languages, holds a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership. She recently completed executive education courses at Stanford University, Harvard Kennedy School and Cambridge Judge Business School. Susie is a sought-after public speaker, podcast guest and has hosted and spoken on panels and individually at events including at Davos, for academic and education institutions, INGOs, gender diversity conferences (SHE conference) and at summits in both the public and private sectors. She is an experienced non-executive director and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Panel at Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, which funds projects promoting wellbeing in communities through social cohesion, volunteering, the arts and physical and mental well-being in the UK. She previously chaired a sub-committee for an organization leading high profile cases and successful pro bono investigations into athlete welfare and safeguarding in the UK elite sport system. She is a patron of various charities and an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and recently created a series of paintings of marine life which have been sold as prints to raise money for UK marine conservation efforts. She is passionate about education, inclusion, climate change and ocean conservation. She was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen.

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