Marc is currently employed at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva where he advises the Mission and the Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a range of issues including, most notably, international human rights policy and environmental policy. For the past year, Marc has led efforts to draw attention to the human rights implications of climate change as a means of creating a greater moral, legal and ethical imperative for the world to take decisive action. This included the drafting and negotiation of United Nations Resolution HRC7/23 on Human Rights and Climate Change. He also made a significant contribution to the Maldives’ four-year democratic and human rights Reform Agenda which resulted, in late 2008, in the smooth transition of the Maldives into a modern liberal democracy with strong human rights safeguards. Marc has worked with the Maldives Government for the past five years.
Previously, Marc worked in Brussels as an EU lobbyist for Hill & Knowlton International, a large multinational communications consultancy, where he headed the Foreign Relations and Trade Policy Group. During his time at Hill & Knowlton Marc advised a range of Governments including Botswana, Singapore, Croatia, Thailand, Mexico and Japan on EU foreign policy. Marc began his career at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union where he advised multilateral companies on EU foreign and trade policy.
Marc has a Masters Degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in International Politics, a Masters Degree in European Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), and a Bachelors Degree from Keele University in the UK.
Marc has co-authored a number of books on EU governance and policy, and has also written articles for a number of publications including the European Voice (Economist stable) on EU trade policy, the International Herald Tribune (ghostwritten Op-Ed) on human rights and climate justice, and the MEA Bulletin (International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD) on a rights-informed approach to climate change.
Marc is married and has two children.