Susanne von Bassewitz is President-Elect of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation. Before starting her own consultancy, she held leadership positions at major international corporations for 23 years. Her responsibilities were corporate communications with brand management, corporate identity and change communications as areas of focus. Prior to this, she conducted university research on mass communications.
Susanne has been a Zontian since 1994 and is a member of the Zonta Club of Düsseldorf II, Germany. She was elected 2014-2016 Vice President. She served as Public Relations and Communications Committee Chairman from 2012-2014, International Director from 2010-2012, Area Director from 2006-2008, Vice Area Director from 2004-2006, and District Nominating Committee Chairman from 2000- 2002.
Susanne holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in mass communications research, Roman languages and philosophy. In addition to her professional endeavors and involvement with Zonta International, she is a frequent lecturer at German universities, where she presents seminars on communications management and other topics. She is also a member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (German Society of Professionals in Mass Communications and Research) at a German university. Her personal interests include reading, music and tennis, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.