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Susan Kolodin

Social Protection and Health Lead Specialist – USA

Susan Kolodin is a Social Protection and Health Lead Specialist at the IDB. She has worked at the Bank since 1997, in the design and supervision of programs in early childhood development, education, health and support for indigenous peoples. In particular, she studies how culture influences health- and education-related behavior and how to improve project management to achieve development objectives.

Prior to joining the IDB, Susan worked in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social development programs. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural village in Thailand. She began her career as a social policy analyst at the White House during the Carter administration. Susan is a US citizen, and she has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and Education and a master’s degree in International Education for Development from Stanford University in the US. (


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