DOCTOR MARK OTTENWELLER | Director of Development for Africa, HOPE Worldwide | Rep. to United Nations for Africa | OVC Task Team, D.C.

Doctor Mark Ottenweller has worked for many years doing a vast array of benevolent, charity, and non-profit work. His cooperative work to make a difference on the world stages have garnered much attention including project features on international news media such as CNN, ABC News, NBC News (USA), Reuters, TF-1 (French), SABC (South Africa), ZDF (German), BNN (Netherlands), CBC (Canada), Boston Globe, LA Times, USA Today, and Vogue Magazine. As a part of the HOPE team that presented President Nelson Mandela with the HOPE Unity Awards, he has been in the presence of many leaders including hosting Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Oprah Winfrey, Graca Machel, and others in visits to Soweto.

As Director of Development for Africa, he worked with the Africa team to help 47,000 little children with early childhood development in 4 African countries. As Global AIDS Coordinator/ Director of Development for Africa, he organized support for 172,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa with assistance from Coca Cola, USAID, CDC, Shell Oil, AusAid, and other donors. In his relief and recovery work in the Haiti Earthquake catastrophe, he organized Hope Worldwide Haiti, after the earthquake in January 2010, to provide 619,896 meals, 3,845 medical consultations, and jobs for 919 local residents. They also have built a school for 524 young Haitians in Bodarie. In his relief and recovery work in Ivory Coast Civil War, he assisted Hope Worldwide Ivory Coast with relief and recovery work following civil war there in 2011. Hope Worldwide provided jobs training for 281 local residents, small businesses were developed for 156 people, and jobs for 339 volunteers there. As Co-Executive Director for the ANCHOR Program (Africa Network of Children Orphaned and at Risk,) received $8,100,000 from USAID to Expand Care and Support for 145,000 orphans in Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, in Partnership with Rotary Fellowship For Fighting AIDS, Emory School of Public Health, Coca Cola Africa and International AIDS Trust. As Program Director for Abstinence and Behavior Change for Youth, – under USAID, received $8,000,000 to Educate 550,000 Youth in Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana, and South Africa. And, as Former Director of Africa, HOPE worldwide, with 17 volunteer AIDS projects in 13 African countries (Botswana, Gaborone – Cameroon, Douala – DR Congo, Kinshasa – Ghana, Accra – o Ivory Coast, Abidjan – Kenya, Nairobi – Namibia, Windhoek – Nigeria, Lagos – Somaliland, Hargeisa – South Africa, Cape Town – South Africa, Durban – South Africa, Johannesburg – South Africa, Port Elizabeth – South Africa, Umtata – Uganda, Kampala – Zambia, Lusaka – Zimbabwe, Harare.) His accomplishments are too much too name but here are a few more below.

  • Medical Doctor, Internal Medicine
  • Served as Director of Development for Africa, HOPE worldwide, Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor
  • Served as Global AIDS Coordinator, HOPE worldwide, Philadelphia, USA
  • Served as Director for Development, HOPE worldwide Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Served as Director of Centre d’Assistance Sociomedicale (AIDS), Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Member of OVC Task Team – Washington, D.C.
  • Member of American Medical Association
  • Member of American College of Physicians
  • Member of International AIDS Society
  • Member of SA HIV Clinicians Society
  • Selected for the American College of Physicians
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary International
  • Alumni of the Year, Mc Neese State University
  • Appointed representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • ABC News Person of the Week, World AIDS Day 1995
  • LSU School of Medicine, Earl K, Long Hospital, Internal Medicine Residency
  • University of Florida, Surgical Internship
  • Louisiana State University, School of Medicine
  • McNeese State University, Bachelor of Science Degree


Mark is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, yet he is as much a family man and a friend as he is a tireless worker. His wife also shares his enthusiasm and works to make an impact, and is also a gifted speaker. Mark was appointed by South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma to the SA National AIDS Council as representative for NGO’s. He was also appointed representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

He does presentations all over the world and is recognized as a person who has had great influence for positive change for the world at large. Mark continues to be a reliable speaker with experience in relief work. From the Ebola Relief and Recovery (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015) to the relief and recovery in the Ivory Coast after the civil war (2012) and from the Earthquake relief and recovery in Haiti (2010-2014) to the research for refugee relief in Somalia (July 1999), Mark has that experience and more. He is a great motivator who inspires governments, humanitarian organizations, big corporations, and people everywhere to live a life that has a lasting impact.

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