Mark Deli Siljander
Founder, President, & CEO
Mark Deli Siljander, a U.S. congressman, ambassador, and bestselling author, founded GSI in 1987. His life blends business prowess and 30 years in political power circles with life-shaping stories in over 145 countries. His private interactions with major political, business, and religious world leaders, especially in conflict hotspots around the world, defy the status quo of traditional business and diplomacy. Many of these stories are recounted in his award-winning book, A Deadly Misunderstanding. Frustration with ineffective politics led Mark to use his varied skill sets to engage in international business in more than 40 countries with projects from development and trade to strategic advice for leaders of nations. His pioneering a peace-making model has a 100% success rate in 7 real-world conflicts and netted the release of 50 prisoners.
Mark’s efforts led former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to publicly recognized his, “…efforts toward a more just, humane and peaceful world,” while he received the Mohandas K. Gandhi International Peace Award in 1996. His academic achievements include a Master’s Degree in Political Science and post-graduate work in International Business and Education. He has served on numerous boards and lectured in diverse and prestigious institutions including Oxford University, Edinburgh University, Khartoum University, and Wheaton College.