Chief Strategy Officer & President, Global Policy & Advocacy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mark Suzman leads the foundation’s efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, private philanthropists, and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health. He also manages foundation-wide learning initiatives and critical strategic trade-offs in our work in both the U.S. and abroad.
Additionally, he oversees the foundation’s regional offices and strategic presence in Europe, Africa, and China, as well as a grant portfolio supporting cross-cutting policy research, advocacy, and select country-level delivery efforts. Mark joined the foundation in 2007 as director of Global Development Policy, Advocacy, and Special Initiatives. In 2012, he was appointed president of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Mark held multiple positions at the United Nations, including senior advisor for policy and strategic communications in the Office of the Secretary General, and policy director in the Office of the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program. Prior to working for the U.N., he was a correspondent for the Financial Times in Johannesburg, London, and Washington D.C. 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.