Marcus Hagberg joined 100 Resilient Cities after serving as a field-based Project Manager for Educational Development Projects Trust, a U.K. charity which focuses on delivering equitable access to education to marginalized youth at the secondary level in Ghana, West Africa. Marcus spearheaded the development, negotiation, and implementation of a $5.1 million Public-Private Partnership between the Government of Ghana and EDP Trust – the first in the education sector and first between the Government and a nonprofit organization. With experience working with diverse sets of stakeholders, Marcus led partner development efforts in Ghana and internationally, increasing strategic partnerships by 500 per cent over two years. Prior to this, Marcus drove a UNICEF-funded, field-based diagnostic study of alternative educational service delivery systems to vulnerable and/or marginalized populations in peripheral/ rural India through the Foundation for Sustainable Development as well as supported engagement efforts with United States Congressional Representatives and Senators around United Nations initiatives and programs through the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC.
Marcus holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London where he focused on alternative public/ social service delivery strategies and systems through civil society, non-profit, and the private sector. Marcus received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Butler University in Indianapolis.
Although born and raised in Chicago, Marcus has lived and worked in eight cities in six countries on four continents over the last eight years.