UCL School of Management

Susana Frazao Pinheiro

Senior Teaching Fellow


Susana worked in science, entrepreneurship and policy, and at the intersection of these fields. Before moving to London in 2014, she conducted work in Portugal, Angola, The Gambia, Switzerland, USA (Maryland and New York City), Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique.

As a scientist, Susana conducted and published research in HIV immunology for a decade in Oxford, the MRC in The Gambia and the NIH in the USA (Fort Detrick). After her D.Phil in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, she acted as postdoc Fellow and Analytical Project Manager in a Phase-I Clinical trial for an HIV vaccine. During this time, she was past of the founding committee of Oxford Entrepreneurs and Secretary of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group. Her search to find solutions to the HIV epidemic led her to pursue an MBA at the Oxford Said Business School (Skoll scholar in social entrepreneurship) and to start an initiative with mobile phones in The Gambia in 2007. In 2008 she co-founded and was Executive Director of IES - Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Portugal. After the earthquake in Haiti, Susana worked with locals to develop an innovative real-time, data-driven health surveillance system, co-funded by the European Space Agency; this led her to be named Social Capital Markets Entrepreneur 2012 (San Francisco). She spend eight years working with the UN (Department of Peacekeeping Operations in NYC, UNDP in Geneva and Angola and UNAIDS in Angola), and Ministries of Health.

She has been working with the EU and Innovation Fund Denmark on the assessment of health innovations/ technology. She acts as scientific advisor for the MPP, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She seats on the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Global Health Georgia, Oxford Entrepreneurs, IES. She is Mentor for Oxford Women in Business and Global Thinkers Forum.