Considered one of the leading experts on the use of economic and financial sanctions, Mark Dubowitz is the CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute located in Washington, D.C.
At FDD, where he has worked since 2003, Mark is the driving force behind projects focused on Iran, sanctions, nuclear nonproliferation, and illicit finance. He also heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.
The 2016 book titled “The Iran Wars,” featured Mark as a “financial warrior” against Iran. Politico Magazine profiled Mark as leading efforts against the Iranian regime, noting that he is “…constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime…”
Mark Dubowitz has testified more than 20 times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures and advised the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations as well as members of Congress of both parties.
Mark has co-authored more than 20 studies on sanctions, Iran and nuclear issues and is widely published and frequently cited in U.S. and international media. Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, USA Today and other publications and blogs at The Huffington Post and Forbes. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CBS Evening News, NPR, PBS and BBC, among others.
Mark Dubowitz is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on international negotiations and sanctions. He has a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.
Born in South Africa and raised in Toronto, Mark has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003 and is a proud U.S. citizen.