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Scilla Elworthy


Three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Inspirational speaker on leadership and non-violence

Founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct

Dr Scilla Elworthy is a three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who has worked closely with Sir Richard Branson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the global leadership teams of major international companies. Her depth of experience enables her to talk with authority on:

    1. ‘Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works’ – “the essential skills and inner power to change the world, and have a great time doing it” (Chade Meng Tan, Google)
    2. The power of non-violence: how I set up Peace Direct to get behind local people risking their lives to stop armed conflict
    3. How Millennials are changing the way corporations think about values, and setting up ‘Guardians of Future Generations’.
    4. The power of dialogue in times of hostility and insecurity: how Desmond Tutu taught me to “deal with a bully without becoming a thug yourself”.
    5. How top companies are effectively addressing global issues like de-forestation, carbon disclosure, solar power, and de-centralised banking.
    6. The emerging power of feminine intelligence, and why it’s an essential tool for men and women in future decision-making to build the future that we want for ourselves and our children.
    7. The face of wealth is evolving: why investment banks are right to change wealth management to suit women….

Her new book, to be published in the summer of 2017, is entitled “Business Plan for Peace: Making Possible a World Without War”. HH the Dalai Lama says of it “We need individuals like Dr. Elworthy to start the work of preventing war…”.

Scilla founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. This work included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military, for which she has been three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2002, Scilla founded Peace Direct to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas. Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World, which advises the leadership of selected international corporations and teaches young social entrepreneurs.

She wrote Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (North Atlantic Books, 2014). She was acclaimed as one of “100 Women of Spirit” in 2016 and her TED talk on non violence (2012) has been viewed by over 1,100,000 people.

Scilla has recently been nominated as one of 100 Women of Spirit in the UK, 2016, and as one of 100 Visionary Leaders who are creating a better world in the Real Leaders Magazine, which serves over 21,000 CEO’s around the world.

Recent places that Scilla has been speaking include: MCE55 Brussels, UNESCO, The Vatican (Through Voices of Faith for international women’s day), 5th Global Baku Forum and she is leading a 4-day women’s leadership retreat on Leading with Grace and Resilience.

Our Comment

"Scilla has built a truly remarkable career, working with the world's most revered leaders to promote peace globally. She has invaluable lessons to impart to anyone in a leadership role, helping them think critically about the key issues they need to engage with, and the virtues they need to cultivate in order to achieve success."

Fighting with non-violence (2012)

[youtube https://www.ted.com/talks/scilla_elworthy_fighting_with_non_violence?language=en]

On Humanity (2014)

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