"Mark has a BA from Swarthmore College and is currently advising philanthropists and foundations on social impact projects. He is Founder and president of Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net), Mark has inspired thousands of people to take action and raise funds to fight poverty and injustice in the Darfur area of Sudan."

Mark Hanis


GI-Net’s aim is to recruit a committed and diverse group of individuals and communities to form an active network that realizes the “never” in “never again.” GI-Net members educate their communities, lobby their elected officials, and fundraise directly for civilian protection.

As a grandchild of four Holocaust survivors with a background in human rights, Mark was compelled to focus on genocide prevention. A Swarthmore College graduate, Mark has been featured in The New York Times and The New Republic, and has appeared on CNN Headline News and NPR.

Mark´s thoughts and learnings from Academia Cotopaxi

How would you describe the experience you had when building your own business?

It’s fun, hard, and humbling.

If you were transported back to your high school days, how would you describe it?

Some of my fondest memories.  It’s all about the people.  Some of my favorite people are classmates, faculty, and staff.  

What did AC do well in order for you to reach your dreams?

It taught me about the importance of critical thinking inside and outside the classroom and the importance of giving back to those less fortunate.

How have you grown since you graduated from AC?

(I’ve gotten taller, wiser, and fatter.  Ha!)  I have grown to, hopefully, be a more responsible member of my community - at the city, state, country, and global level.