Director, International Cooperation and Assistance

Mr. Mark Albon

Mr. Mark Albon, Director, International Cooperation and Assistance Division

Mr Albon was appointed Director of International Cooperation and Assistance (ICA) in 2012 after previously serving as Head of Implementation Support within the ICA Division.

Mr Albon is a diplomat who joined the South Africa Foreign Service in 1989. His postings included Transkei (1991-93), Israel (1993-95), Switzerland (1997-99), and the Netherlands (1999-2002)

As a member of South Africa’s delegation to the OPCW Preparatory Commission from 1995-97 he was closely involved in the final phase of negotiations to establish the Organisation.  From 1997-99 he was a member of South Africa’s delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, where he was involved in deliberations and negotiations on all issues before the Conference. He was also a member of South Africa’s delegations to the NPT PrepCom, UNDC and BTWC verification regime negotiations.

From 1999 to 2002 Mr Albon was the alternate representative of South Africa to the OPCW. During this time he served as the Africa Group Coordinator, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, and Coordinator for issues related to old and abandoned chemical weapons.

From 2003 to 2008 Mr Albon worked in the private sector as marketing and communications manager for an international pulp and paper manufacturer, and then as global partner relations manager for an international IT services company. He joined the Technical Secretariat in 2009.

Mr Albon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).