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John Marks

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John Marks

John Marks was until 2014 the President of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a peacebuilding NGO he founded in 1982 that now has 700 staff with offices in 34 countries.  He also founded Common Ground Productions (CGP) and produced and/or executive-produced TV series in more than 20 countries.  He remains a Senior Advisor to both SFCG and CGP. 

In addition, he is Visiting Scholar in Peacebuilding and Social Entrepreneurship at Leiden University in the Netherlands.  With his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, and, additionally, he is an Ashoka Senior Fellow.  A best-selling, award-winning author, he graduated from Cornell University, and he was a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.  He has an honorary PhD from the UN’s University of Peace in Costa Rica.