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Mark Hanis

2006 Global Fellow
Founder of Genocide Intervention Network

Mark Hanis 2006 Global Fellow

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Empower ordinary citizens to prevent and stop genocide by providing them with tools to educate their communities, lobby their elected officials, and fundraise directly for civilian protection.


Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net) changes the way the United States and the international community respond to the world’s worst crime. GI-Net’s aim is to recruit a committed and diverse group of individuals and communities to form an active network that realizes the “never” in “never again.” GI-Net members educate their communities, lobby their elected officials, and fundraise directly for civilian protection. In 2011, the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network merged to become United to End Genocide.


Mark Hanis is currently a White House Fellow working in the Office of the Vice President. Mark is a serial social entrepreneur, and is also currently working to launch the Organ Alliance to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Previously, Mark was the co-founder of United to End Genocide which empowers all sectors (public, private, non-profit) to prevent and stop mass atrocities. As the founding President for six years, Mark helped transition UEG from a student group into a multimillion dollar non-profit whose impact included establishing over one thousand student chapters, playing key roles in passing state and federal legislation, and acquiring and merging other organizations in the same sector. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. In 2003, Mark worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador. Mark has been awarded several fellowships for social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mark and his work have been featured in various media outlets including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, CNN Headline News, MSNBC and NPR. Hanis serves on the Board of Stakeholders of the University of the Pacific's Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, is a faculty member with Public Squared, and an advisory board member of Generation Citizen (an Echoing Green supported organization).

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