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John Marks

Guest - sr advisor social entrepreneurship

J.D. Marks
+31 71 527 2171

Please send emails to jmarks@sfcg.org or telephone him at +31638503841.

More information about John Marks

Visiting Scholar in Peacebuilding and Social Entrepreneurship
Senior Advisor, Leiden Islam Academy


email: jmarks@sfcg.org
phone: +31 6 3850 3841


John Marks was until 2014 President of Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding NGO he founded in 1982 that has 700 staff and offices in 35 countries.  He also founded Common Ground Productions and is still a Senior Advisor to both organisations.  He is a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, and an Ashoka Senior Fellow.  A best-selling, award-winning author, he was a  US Foreign Service Officer, Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.  He received an honorary doctorate from the UN University of Peace.


1990: Co-Editor (with Igor Beliaev), Common Ground on Terrorism (W.W. Norton)
1979: Author, The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate" (Times Books)
1974: Co-Author (with Victor Marchetti), The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence (Knopf)
1972-present: Articles in New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Negotiation Journal (Harvard University), Rolling Stone, Ramparts, Washington Monthly, Harper's Weekly, The Humanist, Saturday Review, Playboy, Columbia Journalism Review, Middle East Insight, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, and Huffington Post

Television and Film

2015: Executive Producer, “Madam President,” Arabic-language, 15 episode, dramatic series
2012: Executive Producer, “Under the Same Sun,” dramatic  Israeli-Palestinian feature film
2006-present:   Executive Producer, “The Team,” dramatic TV and radio series – 327 episodes produced in 19 different countries
2003-2005: Writer and Producer, “The Shape of the Future,” four-part documentary series on Middle Eastern peace issues

Guest - sr advisor social entrepreneurship

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