CEO of Oxfam UK
Mark will explore some of the development successes of recent years, challenges to eradicating poverty in the next twenty years and the role that we can all play in helping achieve this goal.
Mark brings the issues faced by the world’s poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders to influence them to act against the causes of poverty. He also manages Oxfam’s programme work across the world, and the organisation’s annual income of £400m, 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and overseas.
Mark has decades of experience within international development: as chief executive of VSO; in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as Oxfam’s country director in Bangladesh in the early 1990s.
Before joining Oxfam he was Chief Executive of the UK’s leading disability charity, Mencap, for five years. He led the continued growth of its support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy. In recent years he has served as Vice-Chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity, as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships, as Chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and as trustee of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development agency.
Mark read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to tackling poverty and disadvantage.