Suzanne Siskel joined the Ford Foundation in 1990, serving as Program Officer for Rural Poverty and Resources, and Assistant Representative in Indonesia, Representative for the Philippines, and Representative for Indonesia. Her work in Southeast Asia included development and expansion of indigenous and social justice philanthropy; strengthening civil society; promoting socio-economic development and community-based natural resources policy and management; and building local capacity for socio-economic research and analysis. Trained as a social anthropologist, Suzanne has taught at Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities in the United States and Brawijaya and Airlangga Universities in East Java, Indonesia. Suzanne first worked in Indonesia in 1974 as a Luce Scholar of the Henry Luce Foundation and later as a Fulbright scholar. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association and is its current president. She holds degrees in social anthropology from Harvard University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Johns Hopkins University.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.