Finance committee; Outreach committee
Susan Fennell has been involved with Sub-Saharan Africa throughout her life, living and/or working in Lesotho, Nigeria, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania. She has traveled within Tanzania on a number of occasions, most recently with her family in 2010, to visit projects funded by the UK-based Tanzania Development Trust, and to provide equipment to the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam from funds raised by her children.
After obtaining a BA from University College, London and a graduate degree from Columbia University, she had assignments as a researcher at the UN Family Planning Association in NY and with one of the Big 4 accounting firms. She joined the IMF in 1983 as an Executive Board Officer. Over the next 30 years, she held positions across a broad range of areas: Financial Operations, Economist (Southern Cone of Africa, the Middle East), Managerial (Lending and Financial Operations, Financial Reporting), and more recently, Human Resources (Deputy Director). She also worked in the private sector in Hong Kong during 1998-2000, in the Research Department of JP Morgan Chase. She has been active as a volunteer in the DC community, tutoring in one of the public schools for some years and more recently volunteering at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Susan retired from the IMF in late 2015. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping, and as a post-retirement transition undertook a 6000-mile trip from Bozeman Montana to Corpus Christi Texas. With both of her children at University in the UK and parents/siblings living in London, she is looking forward to spending time in England.