AIB US Southeast Fellow
Dr. Cedric Suzman retired at the end of 2015 as founding Executive Vice President and Director of Programming with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, affiliated with the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. In this capacity he was responsible for developing and implementing the public outreach and business programs for the Council.
Dr. Suzman served as Director of Programming for the Southern Center for International Studies from its inception in 1977 until his retirement in 2009. He was appointed Vice President and elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Center in 1988. From 1974-1977, Dr. Suzman was an Associate Professor in the College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1969-1974, he was Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand, and served as Coordinator of the school’s Executive Development Program. He also served as the school’s Acting Director in 1973.
Dr. Suzman holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and MBA and DBA degrees from the Harvard Business School. He has edited and co-authored a number of publications on foreign direct investment, export management, and on strategic planning. He has lectured on executive management courses, including the Emory University Executive/Evening MBA programs, the University of Pittsburgh Management Program for Executives, and the University of Michigan International Marketing Management seminar.
Dr. Suzman has also written a number of Op Ed articles on South Africa and frequently addresses forums on the country. Cedric Suzman has lived in Atlanta since 1974 and has participated in numerous community activities. In 2004, he was appointed by Mayor Shirley Franklin to the Atlanta Sister City Commission and continued to serve under Mayor Kasim Reed until the end of his third term in 2016. He is a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Ministers and Laity, Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College and in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business Southeast USA Chapter.
He has served on the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Community Relations Committee, on the Board of Directors of the King Baudoin Foundation United States, the Advisory Council of the International Community School, the Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech Center for Business Education & Research (GT CIBER), and the International Affairs Advisory Board at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Suzman was married to the late Wendy Miller Suzman and has three children and eight grandchildren. He is engaged to be married to Maxine Hull in June 2016.