Mark Suzman, president, Global Policy & Advocacy, leads a team that helps build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health priorities. He also oversees the foundation’s regional offices and strategic presence in Europe, Africa, China, and India.
Mark joined the foundation in 2007, where he initially served as director of Global Development Policy, Advocacy, & Special Initiatives. Prior to the foundation, Mark held multiple roles at the United Nations including senior advisor for policy and strategic communications in the Office of the Secretary General, and at the United Nations Development Program as policy director in the Office of the Administrator. Prior to working for the U.N., he was a correspondent for the Financial Times in Johannesburg, South Africa; London; and Washington D.C, working on issues ranging from the White House and international trade policy to welfare reform and the election of Nelson Mandela as President in South Africa.
Originally from South Africa, Mark holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard University.