Board of Directors
Previously, Mark spent 20 years as retail executive with Target Corporation. Mark’s first 15 years at Target were in brand management, with his last role as general manager of one of Target’s billion dollar grocery business units. During Mark’s last five years at Target, he served as Director, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role he was responsible for a $100 million philanthropic portfolio, as well as responsible for co-leading Target’s corporate wide effort to create a more business aligned CSR and Sustainability strategy.
During this same period, but outside of Target, Mark has created and run several profitable businesses in the industries of real estate, investment, construction and management consulting. This includes being the Founder and CEO of Global Poverty Advisors. Global Poverty Advisors is a consulting firm that works with social businesses, impact investors and international development non-profits to help them leverage business toward the goal of ending global poverty.
As an experienced marketer and management professional, he likes to build cross-associations and believes in fostering and nurturing creativity and ideas amidst strict strategic frameworks. Riad has worked in Bangladesh and North America, takes a hands-on approach to every challenge and likes to lead by example.
Riad has an MBA from Clark University, MA, USA. He is a strong believer and champion of human rights and social justice in every endeavor he undertakes. He is passionate about design, modern art, and architecture. He loves travelling and cooking, and Real Madrid.
Before joining CARE BD, he previously spent 7 ½ years at CARE Ethiopia as Manager of Audit and Risk Management and Administration Director/ACD-PS equivalent. In total, he has 28+ years’ experience working 18+ years with governmental and prominent private national and international for-Profit-organizations having complex businesses. While being in charge of leading all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Administrative functions, and systems, he has been regarded for innovation for effective policies, procedures, processes, change management and systems improvements. Simultaneously, he is also a committed advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality, with a track record of promoting gender equity in the workplace and communities.
Berhanu has a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University and a Post Graduate Diploma (with Distinction) in Port, Shipping and Transport Management, Shipping and Transport College of International Maritime Transport Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has pursued ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountant) studies with ACCA UK, one of the largest renowned international Accountancy body in the globe.