Susanne von Bassewitz is President 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
Susanne has been a Zontian since 1994 and is a member of the Zonta Club of Düsseldorf II, Germany. She
was elected 2016-2018 President-Elect and 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. Her personal interests include reading, music and tennis, and she enjoys spending time
with her family and friends.
Message from the International President
Just a few days after nearly 2,500 Zonta members and guests gathered for Zonta International's
memorable and inspiring 64th Convention in Yokohama, our host district experienced a natural disaster.
Floodings and landslides caused by torrential rainfall have ravaged western Japan, and the danger is still
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese Zonta members and their loved ones who have been
affected by the flooding and landslides, and to all people who have lost a family member or friend, saw
their homes destroyed or damaged, and still live in fear.