Suzanne Kelly-Lyall has over 20 years of academic and professional experience in Asia. She has a regional expertise in South and Southeast Asia with special focus on Thailand, Vietnam, Burma and ASEAN more broadly. Capacity building (government and civil society), environment, climate change policy, non-traditional security (NTS), adaptation to climate change in Asia, and sustainable development, governance and political transition, human rights, population mobility, and human trafficking. Most recently, she provided intellectual and strategic leadership to the $15 Million-USAID funded Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) project. Prior to this Suzanne co-developed PISA's Climate Change Leadership Initiative, a multi-year foundation funded project to address climate change through targeted capacity building, mainstreaming climate adaptation into development planning, and introduction of Climate Wise Development models to government officials in Vietnam and Myanmar.
Suzanne designs and leads multi-stakeholder activities that incorporate systems dynamic problem solving tools, foresight planning exercises, and active learning techniques that emphasize participatory decision-making. She has exceptional skills in strategic planning, staff management and mentoring, and budgeting. As Deputy Director of The George Washington University's PISA program, Suzanne conceptualized, drafted, and secured funding for issues of transnational concern on both sides of the Pacific. Her work on sensitive emerging issues within the Asia-Pacific region includes direct experience with policy-makers, academics, and civil society leaders/organizations. She offers a wide and deep network of regional contacts in multiple sectors.
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Video development, social media use for civil society organizations including advocacy, awareness raising and development campaigns. Suzanne is a featured speaker and panelist at events such as the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (Bangkok) and numerous on campus events at George Washington University. Suzanne wrote and produced her video short, Adapting Our Lives, Changing Our Legacies to highlight the ways in which climate change in impacting the lives of women in rural Vietnam. She blogs regularly on: www.wordpress.PisaSpeak.com and guest blogs for online publications such as the CSIS's Southeast Asia, the Wilson Center's New Security Beat and Tides Foundation's Momentum. Suzanne collaborated with Washington Post videographer, Sandra Moynihan on a video short about PISA's work in Burma. She wrote and directed PISA's noted climate change video short; Adapting our Lives, Changing our Legacies" shot on location in Vietnam.
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