Susan Collin Marks

Peace Ambassador, Search for Common Ground

Skoll Awardee


Susan Collin Marks is an internationally renowned peacemaker and peacebuilder. For nearly three decades, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on the planet, including mediating in the heart of her native South Africa’s transition from apartheid (see her book, Watching the Wind: conflict resolution during South Africa’s transition to democracy USIP 2000) facilitating ongoing dialogue in the Middle East, and establishing peacebuilding programs in Africa. She coaches high level political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, encouraging them to find common humanity with opponents. In September 2014, she stepped aside after 20 years as senior vice president. She now lives with her husband John Marks in Amsterdam. Honours include a Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award, a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, President Jimmy Carter’s Waging Peace Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the UN University of Peace. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all. She believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us.