Dr. Scilla Elworthy is a three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with the ‘Oxford Research Group’ to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics.
This work included a series of meetings between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military. She founded ‘Peace Direct’ in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas: Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. Scilla 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’.
Scilla co-founded ‘Rising Women Rising World’ in 2013. She founded ‘FemmeQ’ in 2016 to establish the qualities of feminine intelligence for women and men as essential to use in building a safer world. HerTed Talk on Non Violence has been viewed by over 1,130,000 people.
Her latest book ‘The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War’ (2017) and her book ‘Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works’ (North Atlantic Books, 2014) received critical acclaim from experts in the field.
“What I have seen of war and the building of peace, convinces me that human beings are well able to find better ways to resolve conflict. It’s not easy, but we know how to do it. The Peace Building will teach this know-how.”