Mark Kisner has lived and traveled abroad, which has enriched him personally and professionally. While still in high school, Mark was one of the leaders of the Hanoar Hatzioni youth movement in Lima, Peru. After studying political science, he embarked on a career in journalism. He has worked as a news editor/reporter for CNN in Atlanta, GA, and traveled to the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa where he reported for nine different countries in Latin America. Mark is also a business owner. He created an Internet start-up company that developed projects for many Peruvian Government entities and private companies. He worked for the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru, a U.S. airline and an American retail company. All these jobs have given Mark the expertise to deal with different situations, people and the various challenges he has encountered. Mark is a passionate, charismatic, fun, loving person who always thinks about the world and the people around him.
Mark lives in Lima, Peru, where the Jewish community is very small with around 3,500 people. The community has three synagogues, one social/sport club and one youth movement. During the 1980s, Peru’s population suffered because of many factors, including hyper-inflation, bad government and terrorist groups (Shining Path) that made life in Peru very difficult. Many of Mark’s peers (Mark included) fled the country to seek other opportunities. Over the last few years, the situation in Peru has improved dramatically and as a result Mark and many others have returned. Mark has always been involved in the Jewish community and is seen as one of its leaders. His project is to teach children core values through soccer. The goal is to use soccer as a motivator to start cultivating the Jewish leaders of tomorrow.