Dr Scilla Elworthy is a distinguished activist for peace and has worked on peace related issues for over 30 years. In 1982 Dr Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group, dedicated to researching defence-decision making and developing 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 2003. From 2005 to 2007 Dr Elworthy helped to set up The Elders Initiative and acted as an advisor to Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson. In 2002 she co-founded Peace Direct alongside Carolyn Hayman OBE.
Sir Mark Rylance
Sir Mark Rylance, Oscar winner, actor and former Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre, is a supporter of Conscience, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), The Peace Pledge Union and World Development Movement (WDM). He was born in England in 1960 and raised in America until 1978. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he was given his first job by the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow in 1981. Mark is also an Associate Artist of the RSC, a Friend of the Francis Bacon Research Trust and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. He is also a trustee of the Murray Cox Foundation, and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Helena Kennedy is one of the country’s leading barristers. She has been involved in a large number of prominent cases, including the Brighton Bombing, the Guildford Four appeal and the bombing of the Israeli embassy. She has also acted for many battered women who have killed their husbands. As a life peer, she also participates in the House of Lords on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture. From 1992 to 1997, she was chair of Charter88, the constitutional reform group, which persuaded the government to make devolution and human rights legislation central planks of their manifesto. From 1998-2004 she chaired the British Council, the most successful cultural organisation in the world, which she has led through a period of dynamic change. She is author of two books, and is also on the board of The Independent newspaper.
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal has been at the centre of Middle East Politics and diplomacy for many decades, in the course of which he has won exceptional respect for drawing attention to humanitarian and interfaith issues and the human dimension of conflicts. In the field of religion, His Royal Highness’ contacts and meetings have evolved into a systematic interfaith dialogue. In November 1999 at the 7th World Assembly of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), held in Amman, Prince El Hassan accepted the position of Moderator of the WCRP. His Royal Highness has initiated, founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees. Amongst his many positions, the Prince is President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum, and one of the founders of the recently formed Parliament of Cultures. Prince Hassan is the author of seven books, which have been translated into several languages.
Dame Emma Kirkby
Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby is an English soprano singer with over 100 recordings. In 1999 Classic FM Radio listeners voted her Artist of the Year, and in 2007, BBC Music Magazine placed Emma tenth in a survey to find the greatest sopranos.
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