Mark Brand

Mark Brand is a pioneering chef and entrepreneur in the field of Social Impact and Community Development. Along with overseeing the 5 organizations under Upward Mobility Inc., Brand leads his charity, A Better Life Foundation in both Canada and the United States; he is a Stanford fellow, Professor of Innovation and Design Thinking, has served as executive chef for the American Refugee Committee and Pope Francis’s Climate Challenge and has received Canada’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to his country and community from the Queen. Most recently, Brand had been appointed to the United Nations Catalyst team focusing on food waste, poverty, and the impacts of current systemic structures on the most marginalized. At the root of everything he works on, his belief is that the solutions are all attainable with deep cooperation and the understanding there is no “Us and Them, only Us.”