MARK YARNELL, UN LIAISON AND SENIOR ADVOCATE
Mark joined Refugees International (RI) in December 2011. Since then, he has led field assessments to Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, as well as conducted research in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Senegal. Mark has testified before the US Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and been a guest on NPR, PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CBC. Prior to joining RI, Mark was a Stimson Center Congressional Fellow, based in the office of Senator Richard Lugar. He has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a field officer with Merlin, a medical relief organization, and as a food security consultant for Oxfam. Additionally, he was a program associate at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and a senior program associate at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Mark earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and was a teaching assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He grew up in Ottawa, Canada.