Susan C. Kaai

Ph.D., PMP

Research Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, ITC Project, University of Waterloo, Canada

Susan Kaai is a Research Scientist for the ITC Project and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health Sciences (SPHS), University of Waterloo (Canada). Her primary role at the ITC Project is to synthesize research for multiple global audiences including government agencies, researchers, practitioners, media, policy communities and the public. She also publishes peer-reviewed articles for academic audiences and makes presentations in national and international conferences. Prior to joining the ITC Dissemination team, she worked as the ITC Project Manager for Abu Dhabi, Kenya, Mauritius, Zambia, Malaysia, and Spain. She was responsible for leading, organizing, managing, implementing, and monitoring longitudinal surveys in these respective countries.  

Susan completed her Ph.D. studies (Public Health) on tobacco use at the SPHS, University of Waterloo (Canada). She has a M.Sc. degree (specialized in Applied Human Nutrition) from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Bachelors of Education from Kenyatta University (Kenya). Prior to joining the ITC team, Susan worked for two US health non-profit organizations in Kenya: The Population Council as a Research/Program Officer, and Population Services International as a Research Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Susan has a multi-disciplinary academic qualification (Tobacco use, HIV, Education, Human Nutrition, and Epidemiology) and diverse professional international research experience in evaluating HIV, tobacco use, nutrition, reproductive health, and maternal and child health programs. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, reports, and presented in national and international conferences. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the SPHS, University of Waterloo (Canada), Susan supervised a PhD Student. Susan has received formal training in Project Management and she holds the global Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.