About Mark

Mark Brand is a pioneering chef and entrepreneur in the field of Social Impact and Community Development. Along with leading his five organizations, Brand is a Stanford fellow, Professor of Innovation and Design Thinking, has served as executive chef for the American Refugee Committee and Pope Francis’s Climate Challenge, served as Entrepreneur in Residence for The City of Sydney, Australia, and received Canada’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to his country and community.

Brand also leads the United Nations Catalyst team focusing on food waste, poverty, and the impacts of current systemic structures on the most marginalized, travelling globally to learn and share best real-world practices and solutions from kitchens and stages alike.

Most recently, he launched “BETTER,” an iHeart Original radio show and podcast, bringing tools for us all to live better lives through stories of lived experiences from our most beloved citizens.

At the root of everything he works on, he believes that only true partnership and collaboration can create the successes we need and that there is no “Us and Them, only Us.”

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