Mark Strohbehn is a Director in DT's Programs Unit and oversees a growing portfolio of contracts and cooperative agreements across the Middle East and North Africa region. His portfolio includes programming in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq on behalf of the U.S. State Department, USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives, and German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mark has more than a decade of experience designing and implementing stabilization programs within areas currently experiencing or emerging from conflict; designing and implementing programs to identify, address, and prevent root causes of violent extremism; civil society and governance capacity development; third party monitoring; and atmospheric reporting. He also supports new business efforts for this region and thematic areas.
Prior to joining DT, Mark was the Manager of Business Development with Making Cents International and secured procurements for programs directed at the financial inclusion of youth and vulnerable populations in the conflict-affected areas of Northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Pakistan. Prior to this, Mark worked at IRD/Blumont where he managed several U.S. State Department-funded programs to support minority groups living in areas of Northern Iraq affected by Syria’s instability and the intrusion of ISIL, and supported the management of the USAID-funded Peace through Development II program (PDev II), a countering violent extremism program in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Niger. Mark served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan from 2009 to 2011 and The Gambia from 2007 to 2009.
Mark holds a M.A. in International Security Studies at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Luther College. He enjoys spending time outdoors sailing, kayaking, and hiking in his spare time.