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Susan James

Executive Director of Operations

Susan James, MIM is originally from Minnesota, although she has lived in Arusha, Tanzania, since 2006. Her education includes a Bachelors degree in Journalism followed by a Masters in International Management. She managed strategic planning and new product development for two global manufacturing companies between 1981 and 1992. She moved to Personnel Decisions International (PDI) a global human resources consulting firm in 1992 as Director of Marketing and became Vice President of Marketing in 1995. From 1999 to 2001 she was Vice President of Marketing for the largest public radio station in the U.S. – Minnesota Public Radio. She started James Management Group in 2001 and provided clients with strategic management consulting, marketing research and business planning. Susan launched Savannas Forever Tanzania (SFTZ) with her husband, Prof. Craig Packer, in 2005 and manages SFTZ as Executive Director of Operations.