Susan Collin Marks

Peace Ambassador, Search for Common Ground

Skoll Awardee


Susan Collin Marks is an international peacebuilder. For over 25 years, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on earth establishing peacebuilding programs, facilitating dialogues, mediating conflicts and coaching political leaders. A native South African, she was deeply engaged in her country's transition from apartheid to democracy, captured in her book Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy (US Institute of Peace, 2000) (Arabic, Dar Al Ahliah, Amman, Jordan, 2004.)
Honors include a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace, Institute for Noetic Science's Creative Altruism Award, Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, and Honorary Doctorate from the UN University for Peace. She was portrayed in the PBS documentary Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines. Susan believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us. She works to make it so.