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Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy

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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:

  • Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works
  • The power of dialogue in times of hostility and insecurity
  • Dealing with a bully without becoming a thug yourself
  • The power of non-violence: why Peace Direct gets behind local people risking their lives to stop armed conflict
  • How Millennials are changing the way corporations think about values, and making them act
  • The global issues that top companies are addressing most effectively
  • The emerging power of feminine intelligence, indispensible in building the future that we want for ourselves and our children

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.

Her latest book is 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 1,070,000 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.

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."

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