Mark Buell is the Director of Indigenous Programs at Connect Humanity.
Prior to joining Connect Humanity, Mark spent six years with the Internet Society, most recently as the Regional Vice President, North America. In this role, he worked with a variety of stakeholders in Canada, the United States, and around the world, from policymakers and community members to the technical community and civil society. It was at the Internet Society that Mark initiated the Indigenous Connectivity Summit, a community-driven event dedicated to addressing the connectivity gap in Indigenous communities across the United States and Canada.
From 2009 to 2016, Mark worked for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the registry for the .CA country code top-level domain. At CIRA, Mark provided senior-level support for the organization’s activities in the domestic Internet policy and global Internet governance fora.
Mark began his professional career working for 10 years in Indigenous health policy, first at an Inuit land claim organization in the Western Canadian Arctic, then as Director of Communications and Research at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Inspired by the potential of Internet access to enhance the health and wellbeing of communities, Mark became interested in Internet policy.