Ziyad Marar is an author and President of Global Publishing at SAGE Publishing. He was born in 1966 in Iraq, and moved to London aged 10. He has published four books combining his interests in psychology and philosophy. His fourth "Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood" will be published in February 2018.
Marar left the Middle East in 1975 before moving to London.He attended Exeter University where he obtained a BSc in psychology. He completed an MA in the philosophy and psychology of language from Birkbeck College, London University. Marar joined SAGE in 1989 and has worked across all aspects of publishing. He was appointed Editorial Director in 1997, Deputy Managing Director in 2006, and took on a more global role in 2010 as Global Publishing Director. In 2016, Marar was promoted to President, Global Publishing where he has overall responsibility for SAGE's publishing strategy .
In recent years at SAGE, Marar has also focused on supporting the Social Sciences more generally. He has spoken and written on this theme in various international contexts and in early 2015 was appointed to the board of the Campaign for Social Sciences (CfSS). More recently Marar was invited to sit on the board of trustees for the UK academic news site, The Conversation.
He also sits on the boards of the Big House Theatre Company, and The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights. 
Marar has written four books. The Happiness Paradox (2003; covering how philosophy and psychology can create a better understanding of modern identity), Deception (2008; about people's relationship with truth and the possibility of a truly honest life) and Intimacy (2012). and now "Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood".
- "Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood", Bloomsbury, 2018
- Intimacy: Understanding the Subtle Power of Human Connection, Acumen Publishing 2012
- Deception, Acumen Publishing 2008
- The Happiness, Reaktion Books 2003
- Denny, Neil (22 September 2008). "Ziyad Marar - Deception: The Art of Living". The Skeptic. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- http://thebighouse.uk.com/ and https://www.ceasefire.org/
- Crichton, Paul (26 October 2003). "I'm happy, if that's alright with you". The Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- http://web.archive.org/web/20081210101627/http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk:80/pages/authors/author.asp?AuthorID=84 Profile at greene heaton
- http://little-atoms.blogspot.com/2008/09/little-atoms-with-ziyad-marar.html interview with little atoms
- Response to annual Edge Question
2017: What scientific term of concept ought to be more widely know? https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27118 2016: What to you consider the most interesting recent scientific news? What makes it important? https://www.edge.org/response-detail/26755 2015: What do you think about machines that think? https://www.edge.org/response-detail/26105
- SAGE Connection: What's the big deal about big data?
- Times Higher Education: Academic freedom and freedom of voice: Yale's ‘shrieking girl’ and the rush to judgement
- The Guardian: Unloved and sidelined – why are social sciences ignored by politicians
- The Bookseller – Opinion piece on Social Science in the US
- Research Information – Interview on eBook Development
- YouTube – Campaign for Social Sciences Annual Lecture
- The Guardian: Why Does Social Science have such a hard job explaining itself?
- Open Access essay published with the British Academy http://issuu.com/thebritishacademy/docs/debating_open_access-marar-creating
- The Guardian: Social Sciences need a collective voice
- Research Information – Opinion blog on cuts to social science funding http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=971
- Times Higher Education: Self Confidence crisis in social research