“We need to create a lasting movement… How can we be not just bystanders but upstanders – to make ‘never again’ more than an empty promise, but an actual commitment we can keep?” -Mark Hanis
As college students, Mark Hanis and his friends heard about the Darfur genocide – and engaged millions of their fellow Americans in working to stop it. Hear what Mark learned about being an “upstander,” and the simple steps we can all take to prevent genocide today.
Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He most recently helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Previously, he co-founded the Organ Alliance (now ORGANIZE) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Before that, Mark was the co-founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Mark also served as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights. Mark graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador. From February – August 2003, Hanis worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan fellow, a 2006 Echoing Green fellow, a 2008 Ashoka fellow, and a 2009 Prime Mover fellow. Mark was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.