Ms. Susan Kupperstein has more than 20 years of experience successfully supporting international development efforts for clients including USAID, DoS and UN agencies, with specialization in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of peace-building activities, conflict reconstruction, democracy and governance, security sector reform, and rule of law. Currently, an IBTCI Senior Director for the Conflict, Crisis and Governance Practice, Ms. Kupperstein provides technical direction and oversight to several M&E initiatives from the home office and the field including the USAID-Somalia Program Support Services Contract. Her background includes extensive work overseeing elections over 15 programs in more than 10 African countries at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), managing large rule of law programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as nearly seven years spent at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where she held several positions, including Senior Program Officer, and was responsible for the design and implementation of multi-million dollar democracy and governance programs in such technical areas as political party strengthening, citizen participation, election monitoring and democratic governance/rule of law. Ms. Kupperstein’s field experience includes work throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. She received her Master’s in Social Science from the University of California Irvine, where she was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy and her Bachelor’s in Political Science and French Literature from the University of California San Diego. She is proficient in French.