Mark combines a strong drive for a more peaceful and equitable world with the art of bringing people and stakeholders together, and inspiring them to find creative and innovative solutions to let companies operate in a successful and responsible way in the most complex situations, such as fragile states and post-conflict situations. He has broad experience in investigating and analyzing business related human rights risks, as well as identifying economic opportunities in fragile contexts. With this experience, Mark is well positioned to advise and support companies and investors in a context of conflict and fragility, enabling them to operate in a conflict-sensitive way and in a way that fosters peace and stability. Mark also works with refugees and internally displaced people to help them develop economic opportunities in crisis-affected settings, supporting them to develop business plans for inclusive economic growth.
Mark has 25 years of experience on the role of business in fragile and conflict-affected settings, corporate social responsibility, socio-economic opportunity mapping in post-conflict settings, value chain development for SMEs, peace building, conflict-sensitivity, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, business & human rights, and natural resource management. The main thrust of his career is making the economy more resilient and sustainable in the most complex and challenging situations. He has deep sectoral knowledge of agriculture, forestry, extractives, oil and gas, renewable energy and natural resource management.
Mark has worked in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, DR Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania), Latin America (Colombia), Middle East (Iraq, Lebanon) and Asia (Pakistan), for different corporate clients, international NGOs, think tanks, universities, and donor agencies, including the European Union, IFC, UNDP, IOM, UNHCR, London School of Economics, and the Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands.