Skip Navigation
Portrait of Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Global Director, Governance, at World Resources Institute (WRI)

Mark is Global Director, Governance, at World Resources Institute (WRI). In this capacity, Mark is responsible for leading WRI’s Governance Center and providing strategic and intellectual leadership around analysis, strategy, fundraising and management. He also supports the integration of governance perspectives across the full range of WRI’s programs.

Mark’s career in international development spans more than 25 years. He has held a number of leadership and management roles, most recently at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) where he led a large group of governance and conflict professionals and served as deputy director of the Research and Evidence Division. Mark has extensive research and applied policy experience on governance, transparency and conflict issues. He previously held senior positions at the Institute for Development Studies, Ford Foundation, and the Overseas Development Institute.

Mark earned his PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Sussex specializing in the politics of contemporary India. He also holds a BA honors degree in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Agrarian Relations from the University of Sussex.

Mark is from Brighton in the south of England and currently lives in central DC. His partner is a lawyer specializing in housing rights, with a son working in film production and a daughter completing high school.

Authored Content

A new era for OGP: Launching an independent entity

When the Open Government Partnership (OGP) was founded in 2011, the OGP Support Unit and Independent Reporting Mechanism had a skeleton staff and a huge mandate. This has now expanded beyond all expectations, with the team playing a vital role…

Show More