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Mark Ward

Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies

Earthquakes, International studies, Middle East

Expertise: Humanitarian emergencies & natural/man-made disasters; public-private partnerships in disaster response

Mark Ward retired from the Foreign Service at the rank of Career Minister after more than thirty years. He served in high-risk environments like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and along the Turkish-Syrian border, overseeing U.S. government aid programs and coordinating international aid for the United Nations. Most recently, he was the U.S. government’s chair of a task force to improve humanitarian access for Syria, co-chaired with the Russian Federation, at the UN in Geneva. Ward also has extensive experience with public-private partnerships to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.