Mark German
Executive Director, Rise at Schmidt Futures


Mark German is the Executive Director, Rise. An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Rise will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others. In this role, Mark leads the Rise team and manages a wide array of partners and stakeholders in bringing the program from concept to reality.

Formerly supporting initiatives for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, E-Line Media, Intel Education, XPRIZE, World Science Festival, and other organizations, Mark has led the development of over 200 products and a dozen large-scale programs that have enhanced the lives of more than 12 million students and educators in 75 countries.

Mark has a Master of Arts in Communications Management from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Teaching from National College of Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

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