Photo: Mark LazarMark S. Lazar, Chief of Client Engagement, Private Sector & Academic Institutions, leads IIE's work with corporations, foundations, academic institutions and U.S. Department of Defense. Major programs include: the Ford Foundation Global Travel and Learning Fund, the GE Star Scholarships, the WeTech Program, Cargill Global Scholars, global outreach for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars Program, and the National Security Education Program's Boren and Language Flagship initiatives.

Mark is an expert in designing and implementing groundbreaking international education and leadership initiatives. Examples include: partnering with a Fortune 50 corporation to develop a program that developed hundreds of leaders in STEM and business fields from communities around the global and developing IIE's global outreach services to identify top students for pioneering global higher education initiatives in China and the Middle East.

In his time at IIE, Mark has served in variety of capacities, including international operations, program management and business development. He also expanded IIE's programming in Europe as the Regional Director of IIE's office for Europe in Budapest Hungary in the 1990s. Before joining IIE, he served as a program coordinator for the Soros Foundations and the Central European University.

Mark holds Master's degrees from New York University in Urban Planning and Columbia University in European History. He has a Bachelor's degree in History from University of Wisconsin-Madison. An avid student of international cities and urban development, when not at work, Mark can usually be found exploring New York City with his family or watching the New York Mets.