Mark Hanis is the Founder and President of the Genocide Intervention Network. As a grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, Mark has a deep understanding of individual persecution and of hope. Several events in his personal life put him on a course of anti-genocide activism, including work with Columbian asylum seekers and torture victims. He spent seven months in Sierra Leone at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), during which time he worked alongside many refugees which opened his eyes further to the conditions of the underclass. Mark has been elected as an Ashoka Fellow, and won Fellowships of Echoing Green and Draper Richards.
In 2009 he also became a World Economic Forum Global Leader. Mark and Genocide Intervention Network have been featured in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and The New Republic. Mark has appeared on a number of media outlets, including CNN Headline News, NBC, MSNBC and NPR. He is also a speaker and presenter on a range of topics, including: Genocide Past and Present, Darfur/Sudan and emerging conflicts, Grassroots Activism.
Genocide Intervention Network’s mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Outraged by the international community’s inaction when the Darfur conflict began, the Genocide Intervention Network started on a journey that still continues today. Genocide Intervention Network’s mission and programs are grounded in a deep commitment to the communities of those who face or are at risk of genocide. Its members educate their communities, advocate for action from their elected officials, and fundraise directly for civilian protection and human security. It is an unprecedented organization whose goal is to change the way the United States and the international community respond to the world’s worst crimes against humanity. Genocide Intervention Network has expanded its efforts beyond Darfur, to include conflict areas such as Burma, Sri Lanka and Congo, by building a broader movement that calls for a restoration of the moral and practical legitimacy of international leadership.