Susan Jolly works from the foundation’s Beijing office. Her grant making has supported the integration of gender, sexuality, and reproductive health education in schools, universities, and communities and through online media.
Before joining the foundation in 2010, Susie founded and convened the Sexuality and Development Programme in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. The program explored how international development organizations could be more effective in reducing poverty and improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, through understanding the intersections between sexuality and the economy. She earlier served as communications officer in the IDS gender information unit, BRIDGE, from 2000 to 2006. From 1994 to 1998, Susie lived in Beijing, working on poverty reduction for the United Nations Development Programme.
Susie was awarded an MPhil in development studies, with distinction, at IDS in 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oxford University and undertook further study at China Women’s University in Beijing. She has published widely on gender, sexuality and development.