Mark Hanis, the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, is working to build a permanent anti-genocide movement.
Hanis presents opportunities for individuals to have a direct impact on the ground where genocide is occurring: from projects in Darfur that provide protection for women and girls in refugee camps to monitoring and prevention programs in conflict areas such as Burma.
He joins the Council to discuss how empowering individuals to stand against genocide can change the way the international community responds to the world's worst crimes against humanity- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Mark Hanis was appointed by US President Barack Obama to serve in the 2012-2013 Class of White House Fellows and is placed in the Office of the Vice-President. A serial social entrepreneur, Hanis co-founded the Organ Alliance to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Previously, he was 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. From February to August 2003, he 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 2009 Prime Mover Fellow and a 2008 Ashoka Fellow. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.