Susannah Rodgers

Technical Adviser, Disability Inclusion, Economic Empowerment, 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. In total, Susie has won 30 international medals throughout her career at all levels of competition, including 17 gold. She still holds a number of European records in her class in Para-swimming nearly a decade later. Susie has a First Class honours degree from Newcastle University in Modern Languages, holds a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership and studied a course on leadership at IESE business school in Spain. She recently completed executive education courses in Sustainability at Stanford University and in Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. 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, working previously on economic development and now focusing on global health. She has been advising on a number of projects of over £4bn investments in companies around the world, pioneering new inclusive approaches, designs, thinking and strategy around ensuring the most vulnerable are not left behind in international development. She has worked as a consultant on disability inclusion for many years in addition to her career in sport and is an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council. Susie is a sought-after public speaker, podcast guest and has hosted and spoken on panels as well as individually at events including at Davos, academic and education institutions, NGOs, gender diversity conferences (SHE conference), universities, businesses and events in both the public and private sectors. She has also worked previously for a number of organizations, including in the elite sport sector and with young people on education and cultural mobility programmes in different countries. She is an experienced non-executive director, currently sitting on two boards in the UK, including a technology start-up in 3D printed upper limb prosthetics and is currently 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 activity 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, working collaboratively to reduce bullying and harassment in elite sport, as well as supporting efforts to fund young aspiring athletes. 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. Her interests and expertise include diversity and inclusion, raising awareness globally around disability, empowerment for all and ocean conservation. She is passionate about education, cultural exchange and collaborative working. She was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen.

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