19 March 2023 – Ambassador (ret.) Mark P. Lagon is the newest member of the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) Foundation’s Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the CFHK Foundation, Mr Lagon previously served as President of Freedom House as well as having been Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking non-profit, Polaris. In the US government, he served in three successive roles at the Department of State: member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff; Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Organization Affairs; and Ambassador-at-Large directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. He was also a senior staffer at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responsible for international organizations and human rights; and served as deputy director at the House Republican Policy Committee.
Mark Lagon is currently Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – where he coordinates the non-profit’s congressional outreach, policy advocacy, and research content. He is also Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, and Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and A.B. from Harvard University.
The CFHK Foundation’s Advisory Board also includes award-winning author Ha Jin; artist and international activist Ai Weiwei; General Secretary to the Taiwan Parliamentary Human Rights Commission Wu’er Kaixi; former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and author of Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders Bennett Freeman; former Apple Daily columnist and author Stephen Vines; professor and author Perry Link; and chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Carolyn Bartholomew.
The CFHK Foundation’s President, Mark Clifford, said:
“I am delighted that Mark has joined our Advisory Board. His extensive experience at think tanks, in academia, in the executive branch, on Capitol Hill, and beyond will be invaluable as the CFHK Foundation expands our efforts in the US, UK, and around the world. Mark’s insights complement those of our existing Advisory Board. His expertise will serve to help secure freedoms in Hong Kong and to hold China accountable for its broken promises to the people of Hong Kong.”