Dublin-born Mark attended Trinity College Dublin before becoming an award-winning foreign correspondent and TV anchor for the Irish national TV station RTE. He also presented the network’s top-rated current affairs programme, Prime Time, and was its first Washington correspondent. He has covered some of the biggest stories of our age, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the election of Barack Obama.
In 2010 he took a leave of absence to establish Storyful, a social news agency that pioneered new models of verification and collaboration. He sold it in 2013 and went on to work with Twitter, first as VP of Media Partnerships in Europe and later as MD. However, his innate entrepreneurial drive meant that eventually, in 2016, he left that role too, to set up the digital news venture NevaLabs, now called Kinzen, which launches its app in January 2019 and which its founders describe as a “a news community shaped by the conscious choices of its members, rather than the worst instincts of a crowd”.