Chief Strategy Officer & President, Bill and 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 foundation programs 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 grant portfolios supporting cross-cutting policy research, advocacy, communications, and select country-level delivery efforts.
As Chief Strategy Officer, he also manages foundation-wide learning initiatives and critical strategic trade-offs across all the foundation’s work.
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 and in 2016, was appointed the additional position of the foundation's first Chief Strategy Officer.
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 that, 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.