Dr Scilla Elworthy is a distinguished activist for peace and has worked on peace related issues for over 30 years. In 1982 she founded the Oxford Research Group, dedicated to researching defense-decision making and developing an effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. For this work she was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the Niwano Peace Prize.
In 2002 she co-founded Peace Direct to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, leading to the acceptance by the UN of the value and cost effectiveness of ‘locally-led’ initiatives. It was named the “Best New Charity” in 2005.
She received her Diploma in Social Sciences from Trinity College, Dublin and a Ph.D in political science from the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University. She is the author of “Pioneering the Possible – Awakened Leadership for a World That Works”.
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