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From student of politics to international Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Mary Buckley will be ‘In Conversation with CEO Mark G. Wilson’ about his eclectic career path from university to journalism in Europe and Asia, humanitarian aid work with the Red Cross and now leading Cochrane, a not-for-profit international organization with over 40,000 members and one of the most respected health brands in the world. Mark’s varied work life began with political research in the House of Commons, before reporting in London and Hong Kong, including in Beijing up to the events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. He became a Communications Director in Geneva, involved with the UN’s first ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio; then joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and rose over the next decade to become a member of its senior management Chef de Cabinet and Head of Planning. He worked for the Red Cross in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Africa (including the humanitarian operations covering the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and Burundi), then manager for Red Cross operations in Croatia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as a Head of Delegation for flood relief in Mozambique. He became Executive Director of Panos London in 2004, an international organisation specializing in ‘communication for development’; then joined Cochrane, the world’s largest producer of systematic reviews which are the most reliable evidence to guide health decision making. He also has degrees in politics, journalism, Soviet and East European Studies, and management from Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow and McGill Universities.

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