A National Gathering of the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders
Mark Quarterman, Director of Research and Programs, is responsible for helping to formulate the Enough Project’s policy prescriptions to end genocide and crimes against humanity, and oversees the production of reports and other publications based upon rigorous field-based research and analysis. Prior to joining the Enough Project, he was a senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focused on effective multilateral responses to global issues.
Quarterman has also served at the United Nations in a number of capacities for nearly 12 years. Most recently, he was chief of staff of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. At UN Headquarters, Quarterman served as special assistant (chief of staff) to the UN under secretary general for legal affairs and legal counsel; special assistant to the assistant secretary general for political affairs; and in other capacities in the UN Office of Legal Affairs and Department of Political Affairs. In the field, Quarterman served in Jerusalem and Gaza as chief of staff to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and in East Timor and Indonesia as political adviser to the special representative for the East Timor Popular Consultation.
Before joining the United Nations, Quarterman was a staff member of the Africa Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; a program officer at the Ford Foundation for South Africa and Namibia; and an associate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Earlier in his career he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone.
Quarterman holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.