Global Conference 2017
Chief Strategy Officer and President, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mark Suzman is chief strategy officer and president for global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He 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. 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. Earlier, 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. 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.