Mark Siljander is an experienced statesman at home and abroad...
He represented Michigan for 15 years, which includs three terms as a Member of the United States Congress, where he served on the International Relations Middle East Subcommittee and was Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee. He was the primary sponsor of the African Famine Relief Act. Mark was later appointed by President Reagan as a US Ambassador (Alt. Delegate) to the United Nations in New York, where he served as a member of the Middle East and Africa Strategy Group of permanent representatives.
Ambassador Siljander is a student of several languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Aramaic, and Hebrew, and has spent over ten years studying the three Holy Books of the Abrahamic faiths. With over 26 years serving in the power circles of Washington and semi-official travel to nearly 130 countries, he has generated unique opportunities for frequent access to world leaders. These experiences have led him to develop a unique paradigm for the peaceful resolution of conflict that has been successfully applied in several challenging areas of the globe.
Mark Siljander reinforces his conflict resolution efforts through regular travel overseas with Congressional and high-level delegations.
Congressman Siljander has received acclaim for his work in reconciliation. He received various leadership awards, including the 1996 Mohandas K. Gandhi International Peace Award, for “…recognition of his courageous statesmanship in international reconciliation.” In addition, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright honored Ambassador Siljander, at the United Nations, for his “…efforts toward a more just, humane and peaceful world.”
His complementary academic pursuits include Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science, a Ph.D. in International Business, a Doctorate in Humanities (Hon.) and has pursued advanced doctoral studies in education. He serves in a Board capacity at Samford University in Bangladesh, George Wythe College, UN chartered US Federation for Middle East Peace, served as advisor at Edinburgh University Center for Muslim Christian Studies and has lectured in such diverse institutions as from Oxford and Khartoum University Law School to Lancaster Bible College.