Dr. Susann Roth
Foresight and futures lead at the Asian Development Bank
Susann works on ADB’s knowledge and innovation program. The program aims to support ADB’s teams across the bank to enhance innovation in ADB project design and implementation. Susann supports business development in public and private sector, cross-sector project design and projects which apply new technologies. She leads ADB’s Futures and Foresight program and she has designed ADB’s first innovation price challenge. Before this role, Susann co-led the preparation of ADB’s new Operational Plan for Health, which aims at doubling ADB’s health sector operations by 2020. She also managed several ADB trust funds, which piloted innovative approaches in malaria and communicable diseases interventions. Susann launched the first ADB health bond, developed a digital health flagship program and championed health impact assessment across sectors. She joined ADB in 2009 as Social Development Specialist in Central and West Asia, where she worked on social development issues across all sectors. Susann, a German national, holds a Medical Doctor degree and a PhD in medical science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and a Master of Public Health and Policy from the University of the Philippines. She is board certified in emergency medicine, attended a fellowship program in dermatology and tropical medicine in the Philippines, and joined post-graduate courses in adult education and didactics. She has worked in public and private sector before joining ADB. She is trained in Futures Strategic Thinking and Foresight techniques.