Dr. Scilla Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. Her work has included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military, and helped form the basis for later treaties.
She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote, and learn from local peacebuilders in conflict areas, leading to the wider acceptance of the value and cost effectiveness of ‘locally-led’ initiatives. Scilla Elworthy was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003; she has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Desmond Tutu, and Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’; director of programs for the World Peace Festival Berlin August 2011, and program co-ordinator for the Celebrate Life Festival near Bremen in 2012.
She is a Councillor of the World Future Council, patron of Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust, Voice of a Woman, and Oxford Research Group, an adviser to MasterPeace – a new international bottom-up peace initiative – and to Self Knowledge Global Responsibility. She is a member of the Steering Committee of PAX, a service to help prevent wars and genocides, and of the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Economics and Peace.
In 2013 she co-founded Rising Women Rising World 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), and her TED Talk on non violence has been viewed by over 1,000,000 people