Mark Sidel has worked on issues of development, governance and accountability in international and domestic philanthropy for many years, initially as a program officer with the Ford Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s law, governance and nonprofit programs in China, developed and directed Ford’s country program in Vietnam, and developed a regional program to help strengthen philanthropy and the voluntary sector in India and South Asia. He is currently Professor of Law, Faculty Scholar, and Lauridsen Research Fellow at the University of Iowa; President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR); and consultant to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), where he manages a MacArthur Foundation-supported program to strengthen nonprofit law and policy in China.
Sidel has also advised a number of foundations, international nonprofits, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and others on civil society development, philanthropy and legal reform in Asia and beyond. He is author or editor of seven books, including Regulation of the Voluntary Sector: Freedom and Security in an Era of Uncertainty (Routledge, 2009); Philanthropy and Law in South Asia (APPC, 2004, 2007); and More Secure, Less Free? Anti-Terrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11 (University of Michigan Press, 2004, 2007).
Sidel has served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, Melbourne Law School, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and other institutions. He is a board member at the Community Foundation of Johnson County (Iowa) and the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) and a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), foundations, and other institutions. He won the inaugural ICNL-Cordaid Civil Liberties Prize in 2008 for his work on counter-terrorism and the nonprofit sector.