Samantha Durdock has four years of experience working with social businesses and projects aiming to enhance access to fundamental goods and services within East Africa, the Middle East and North Africa regions.
As a senior program officer with R4D’s market shaping practice, Ms. Durdock supports the practice’s flagship project to increase access to childhood pneumonia treatment in high-burden countries.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Durdock spent several years working with start-up social businesses in Tanzania. During her time at a health start-up, she led the organization’s business operations and supply chain management to develop a newborn survival kit and clean delivery pack. She applied a similar analytical skill set to her work with an affordable education start-up, where she directed the organization’s monitoring and evaluation framework and produced Tanzania’s first toolkit for opening private schools within the country. Prior to her work in Tanzania, Ms. Durdock held a fellowship with the Grameen Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, and a graduate research position with Catholic Relief Service’s East Africa Office.
Ms. Durdock holds an MPP focused in international development from the University of Maryland, as well as a BA in government and politics, also from the University of Maryland.