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Mark SURMAN

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Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
United States of America

A community activist and technology executive of 20+ years, Mark is Executive Director of Mozilla.

Mark's biggest passion is web literacy: he believes that the understanding of how the digital world works is as important as learning how to read, write and do math. Mark spearheaded the Webmaker project, which combines the power of Mozilla's community, and award winning tools, to teach web literacy at a global scale. In 2013, Mark kicked off Webmaker's premier global educational campaign, Maker Party, with U.S. President Barack Obama, resulting in more than 1600 educational events in 330 cities around the world.

Prior to joining Mozilla, Mark was the founding director of Telecentre.org, a $26 Million initiative to support the work of community cybercafes and local digital learning centres in over 30 countries. He was also the founder of the Commons Group and the Executive Director of Web Networks. Mark has served on the boards of the Association for Progressive Communications, Peer to Peer University, Digital Me, the Connected Learning Alliance and Telefonica's Think Big program.

Mark has raised over $50m, authored two books, presented at 100+ conferences, written dozens of papers and traveled to more than 40 countries. Despite his travels, his favorite place remains the armchair next to the fireplace in his living room.

Web site: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/

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