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Mary Beth Markey named new President of ICT

July 15, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
July 13, 2010

Dharamsala, July 13 -- Prominent Tibet activist,
Mary Beth Markey, will be the new President of
the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the
Washington-based international Tibet advocacy
group's Board of Directors announced Monday.

"I've worked with Mary Beth for over twenty-two
years on this issue. Throughout our experiences
together- whether in the field or the halls of
political power - she has remained a skillful
navigator whose commitment and reliability take
shape from a vast understanding of the issue. It
gives me great pleasure to announce her new
position as President," Richard Gere, Chair of
the ICT Board of Directors, said in a statement.

Ms. Markey succeeds Tenzin N. Tethong, one of the
founders of ICT, Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy to the
Dalai Lama, and most recently John Ackerly as ICT President.

Markey joined ICT in 1996, and began her work
concentrating on building support for Tibet in
the U.S. Congress and Administration as director
of government relations and as executive director of the organization..

During her tenure at ICT, Markey played a key
role in the institutionalization of the Tibet
issue in the U.S. Government, including
contributing to the passage of the Tibetan Policy
Act (TPA) in 2002. At the time, Markey said:
"With this move, the U.S. Government has put the
force of law behind its longstanding support for
the welfare of the Tibetan people and a negotiated solution for Tibet."

Prior to accepting the position of ICT President
on July 6, Markey served as ICT Vice President
for International Advocacy, integrating a team
based in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam,
London, Kathmandu and Dharamsala in order to
further ICT's advocacy work internationally.

In March 2008, amidst growing anti-China unrest
in Tibet, Markey accompanied the U.S.
congressional delegation, led by Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, in Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.

Before joining ICT, Markey was a staffer on the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee for eight
years, where under the then Chairman Claiborne
Pell (D-RI), she began her work on Tibet.

In 1994, Markey participated in the launch of
Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party Mission in
Washington, D.C., as Director of Government Relations.

Markey has also led numerous delegations to South
Asia and plays a key role in advocacy for Tibetans in Nepal.

"She is known not only as an outstanding advocate
in the U.S. Capital but also as a strong
strategic thinker, a creative and compassionate
co-worker, and not least, as great company. She
takes over as President at a critical time for
Tibet," the statement said of Markey.

Her team at the ICT includes the Vice President
for Special Programs, Bhuchung K. Tsering, who
heads up ICT's Chinese outreach work; the
Executive Directors of the Amsterdam and Berlin
offices, six Directors, and colleagues in
research and monitoring, campaigns and advocacy,
communications and fundraising.
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