Yifat Susskind

Executive Director MADRE

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in United States


Current Occupation: Executive Director MADRE
Organization/Institution: MADRE

Yifat Susskind @YifatSusskind is the Executive Director of MADRE, a global women’s human rights organization which partners with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to meet their urgent needs and create lasting change in their communities. Yifat leads MADRE’s combined strategy of grant-making, capacity-building and legal advocacy.

MADRE  partners with community-based, women-led organizations on the frontlines of war, climate breakdown and their aftermath.

She has led successful initiatives to secure women’s rights, both in policy and in practice. Under her leadership, MADRE sustains women’s shelters in war zones while countering policies that lead to war, and runs projects that bring clean water to drought-afflicted communities while advocating for women’s voices in climate policy.

Yifat has over 25 years of experience in policy analysis and strategy development to build movements for social justice and human rights. Her extensive writing and critical analysis on US foreign policy and women’s human rights has appeared in online and print publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

She has been featured as a commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, and BBC Radio.