Mark Hannafin

Mark Hannifan
Deputy Executive Secretary

Mark Hannafin is the deputy executive secretary in the Office of the Executive Secretariat. He oversees the liaison team and executive correspondence communications. Prior to moving to the Office of the Executive Secretariat, Hannafin served for five years as deputy director and senior conflict advisor in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) in the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). In CMM, he covered the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Sudan, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia and helped design programs to stop violence. 

While in DCHA, he led the task team in planning for the Sudan referendum for self-determination. He is co-chair of the new USAID policy on youth in development and primary author of USAID’s action plan for engaging diaspora in conflict and development activities.

Prior to joining the USAID office in Washington, Hannafin was the Conflict Prevention program manager for the USAID mission in Central Asia. He has lived and worked for over ten years in the former Soviet Union engaged on conflict prevention, economic development, local governance, trafficking in persons and political processes with USAID, the International Finance Corporation/World Bank and the International City/County Management Association. He was in the first group of Peace Corps volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic from 1993-1995. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations teaching a course on conflict programming and analysis. He holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University concentrating in International Finance and Business, and Islamic Civilizations. 

Last updated: May 31, 2012

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