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Mark Surman


A community activist and technology exec of 20+ years, Mark currently serves as the President and Executive Director of Mozilla Foundation.

At Mozilla, he is focused building learning and leadership offerings that are widely respected and impactful in the field of education as Firefox is in software. He had lead the development of Mozilla's global web literacy effort, which has built out a network of local mentors and instructors in over 80 countries. He has also helped build up a number of learning and innovation programs for professionals who are bringing the web and Mozilla values into fields like journalism, science and public policy. Mark is also focused on improving participation, community and the long term sustainability of the Mozilla Project.

Prior to Mozilla, Mark served as the Director of, a $26M Government of Canada initiative to connect community technology centres around the world. Earlier in his career, Mark was president of Commons Group, a firm that supported social technology projects and social enterprises around the world.

Mark has raised more than $60M for projects he has led, authored two books, presented at 100+ conferences, written dozens of papers, and traveled to more than 40 countries. He holds a BA in the History of Community Media from the University of Toronto. He was also awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship in 2008 to to explore the application of open source thinking to the field of philanthropy.


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