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Mark Suzman

Title President, Global Policy & Advocacy
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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.

Posts By Mark Suzman

MUSIC VIDEO: African Celebrities Sing In Support of Farmers

When you think agriculture in Africa, “star-studded” probably isn’t the first adjective that springs to mind. So you can imagine my surprise when I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January for the African Union Summit’s launch of the Year of Agriculture and Food Security and discovered that the program included names like Nigerian hip hop artist D’banj and footballer Yaya Touré

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Accelerating Global Development Through Effective Partnerships

Although grantmaking is still an important piece of what we do, a growing part of our work now is about partnering with governments, other donors, international development organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

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"SMART" Goals Will Help Reduce Poverty

The report from the United Nations High Level Panel on the post-2015 development goals was released last week. It sets forth a bold vision and narrative that reflects the evolving and complex nature of development. But in order to be able to mobilize the necessary political will and resources to make the agenda actionable, the world will need to prioritize by agreeing to a short set of clear goals. The Panel has taken the difficult step of suggesting priority areas through its illustrative goals. No one will be perfectly satisfied with the hard choices that this entails, but this is a necessary step to coming up with a robust agenda.

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MDG Success Relies on Setting Smart Goals

While there are wide variations within and between countries, it’s clear that remarkable overall progress has been made in the last 15 years on the MDGs.

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Hunger and Poverty: Still Core to the MDG Agenda

This week saw two key events related to the Millennium Development Goals : the kickoff on April 5 of an ambitious global campaign focused on accelerating progress over the last 1000 days before the 2015 deadline and a critical meeting on April 4 in Madrid to assess how hunger, food security and nutrition should be tackled in any post-2015 framework.

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