International Center for Research on Women
Dr. Suzanne Petroni is the Senior Director for Gender, Population and Development at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she works to improve development programs and policies by expanding the evidence base regarding the relationships between gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, adolescence and demographic and socioeconomic outcomes. She has more than 20 years of experience in foreign policy and global development, with particular expertise in gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and adolescent health and development. Currently, she designs and directs ICRW’s research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the slums of Bangladesh, trains and supports young leaders from the global South in policy advocacy, advances the public’s and policymakers’ awareness of the harmful practice of child marriage, and analyzes the policies of governments and nongovernmental organizations to ensure that they are gender-sensitive. Prior to joining ICRW in 2012, Suzanne served as Vice President for Global Health at the Public Health Institute, Senior Program Officer for Adolescent Reproductive Health and Youth Leadership at the Summit Foundation, and in a variety of roles in the U.S. government, including Program Officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department. In this capacity, she served as the government’s officer-in-charge for the five-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+5).