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Author, How to be an Amazing Volunteer Overseas: Rules of the Road, Stories from the Field

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Mary-Lu Bakker-Cole

She has served on the board of the Thomson Reuters Foundation (2018 - 2021), the International Rescue Committee (IRC-UK) (2012 - 2018) and remains involved in refugee issues, including housing refugees at home. She was in TPW’s Cohort 19 in 2013, was Vice-Chair on the Carter Center UK board (2010 – 2014) and was Co-Chair of the Human Rights Watch London Committee (2006 – 2010).

Susan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and was based in New York in the 90s for her career in the development sector. Along with her husband and son, from 2001 she lived in London for 20 years, but for the last three years has been based in Washington D.C.

Susan is a part of the Search for Common Ground's President's Leadership Council - read more by clicking here.

In March 2014, on an IRC-UK board trip to Jordan and Kurdistan in Iraq, Susan made the following five minute video in order to communicate the situation for Syrian refugees. A week later, she presented the video at a Names Not Numbers conference. By chance, Christiane Amanpour, of CNN, was present and decided to use a portion of it on her program a few days later (video #2). You never know when someone might be able to amplify your voice.

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Susan has been involved in the NGO (non-governmental organisation) world for 40 years. She has worked and volunteered in 70 countries. 

In 1992, Susan went to Bangladesh where she got her training in microfinance at Grameen Bank from Professor Muhammad Yunus. Prior to that, she had a background in consumer banking at Scotiabank and fundraising at the United Way. From 1992 – 2001, Susan was a consultant providing technical assistance and conducting workshops in team building, communications and microfinance principles for NGOs, UN agencies and donor governments. 
She is an Ambassador for the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) in Dhaka and is on Search for Common Ground’s (international peacebuilding) Presidential Leadership Council.

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