Susan Abbott has more than 20 years of experience working in international development, with a focus on democracy promotion, independent media and civil society strengthening, and internet freedom/digital rights.

Prior to joining Counterpart, Abbott provided consulting services in the areas of business development and monitoring, evaluation, research and learning to a variety of organizations, including: Access Now, Albany Associates, the Center for International Media Assistance, Cloudburst Consulting, Free Press Unlimited, Global Forum for Media Development, Global Investigative Journalism Network, ICFJ, International Media Support., Internews, IREX, Media Defence, NORC, University of Chicago, Social Impact, Thomson Foundation, and World Association of Newspapers.

Abbott has work experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Jordan, Macedonia, Mozambique, Serbia, Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Ukraine as well on many global/international advocacy and network projects. Abbott works closely with media outlets, NGOs, and civil society organizations on developing advocacy strategies, monitoring and evaluation systems, capacity building, and on sustainability and business development strategies.

Abbott previously worked at the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Internews, and IREX. She is a non-resident fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University and is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Westminster in London. Abbott’s research focuses on the impact of donor assistance on the democratization of media systems. Abbott is also co-chair of the media sector development working group at the International Association of Mass Communication Research. Abbott has also served as an adjunct instructor at the Univerisity of Colorado in Boulder.

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