Mark McGuffie is a Private Philanthropy Officer at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC).
He leads the development of IUCN Patrons of Nature partnerships throughout the Americas and the Asia-Pacific Region. As a key negotiator, Mark successfully secured the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress hosted in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the first Congress convened within the United States in IUCN’s 68-year history, far exceeding previous attendance records at 10,000 delegates from 190 countries.
Mark is the creative catalyst in forging new IUCN partnerships with China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) and East-West Philanthropy Forum (EWPF) to deliver scalable solutions that concentrate on critical initiatives for human and environmental well-being. CGPI was established by five Chinese and US philanthropists, Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, Niu Gensheng, He Qiaonyu and Ye Qingjun. The institute was founded to implement an education system that cultivates exemplary philanthropy in China.
After successfully reviving three Seto Inland Sea islands in Japan from disastrous environmental and economic conditions, philanthropist Soichiro Fukutake has launched the “Naoshima Method” applying art, culture and nature to rejuvenate communities. Mark has merged the resources of Mr. Fukutake, CGPI and EWPF to adapt the “Naoshima Method” focused on the “Rural Revitalization of China” starting on Peach Flower Island, Shandong Province.
Mark is also a Senior Advisor of the Resorttust Hawaii, LLC and Founder of the Ulumau Leadership Series.
Born in England, Mark has lived in Nigeria, France, Canada, Singapore and the USA, attended Cornell University for Professional Management Development, and resides with his wife Aloha in Honolulu.