Mark Drewell

Global Programmes Advisory Group

Mark Drewell is a thought leader and practitioner at the interface between business and society.

He is a Senior Partner at the ForeSight Group and is the former CEO of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a UN-founded international partnership of companies and business schools taking action to develop the next generation of globally responsible leaders.

He is also Chairman of the Swedish-based World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child Foundation.

He is a past board member of San Francisco-headquartered, 14,000-member International Association of Business Communicators; senior associate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of South Africa’s Centre for Corporate Citizenship and Chairman of Africa’s largest indigenous environmental NGO, the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Born in the UK and educated at Oxford University (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), Mark’s business career began in 1984 in mining finance in the City of London.

He moved to South Africa in 1989 and joined international diversified industrial company Barloworld Limited.

Starting out in the steel and ferrochrome business, where he was deeply involved with South Africa’s political transition, he then moved to cement business PPC, and then for a decade headed Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations and Group Marketing.

He has business interests in property, a distillery and an asset management company, lives in Devon and is married with four children.