A former U.S. Army captain, Mark Kilbane has 25 years of experience in business, government, the military, and intergovernmental organizations. He has extensive project and program management experience in the defence sector and private industry.
In Ukraine, Mr Kilbane has worked as a strategic advisor on macroeconomic stabilization and privatization. He was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the Donbass conflict zone with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he led over 100 patrols across the Line of Contact. He was selected as Project Officer for a long-term, complex Hub relocation effort that was briefed to senior officials, as well as a small committee of senior leaders responsible for an optimization effort under time pressure. He was nominated for a senior leadership position by the U.S. government but withdrew to attend a mid-career degree program at the University of Oxford.
With NATO, Mark worked for Operations (G-3) in Turkey for Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), where he monitored the conflict in Ukraine and was selected for a senior committee on hybrid warfare. His military career includes service as a Fire Direction Officer and Civil Affairs captain. Mr Kilbane has extensive service education including resident courses at National Defense University, as well as NATO, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force special operations schools.
In academe, Mr Kilbane has several publications in national security including a book chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Oxford Strategic Studies Group. He graduated With Highest Distinction from the U.S. Naval War College, where his essay on Naval Special Warfare was awarded the Colbert Prize for “best student paper.” He also received the Naval War College Foundation writing award, as well as a nomination for the McGinnis Family Award (honour graduate).
Mr Kilbane volunteers with several veterans organizations. He also formed his own film company and is an actor and screenwriter. He was educated at Western Illinois, The U.S. Naval War College (Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies), and the University of Oxford (Master of Public Policy).