Mark Surman

Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

The web is one of our most valuable public resources -- it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest focus is building the movement side of Mozilla: rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with like-minded organizations and leaders and growing the open internet movement. Before Mozilla, Mark was the Managing Director of telecentre.org and ran a boutique consulting firm Commons Group. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy. Mark lives in Toronto with his wife Tonya, founding Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, and his sons Tristan and Ethan.