Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy


Peace Building, Conflict Resolution, Societal & Political Change


Core Team Advisor, UK & the World



War on Terrorism (2002, Co-author with Prof Paul Rogers, Oxford Research Group, 2002.

Peace and Security Now (2009, Author Fetzer Institute, USA).

Soul Power (2009, Co-author with Anne Baring)

Peace Begins with Me (2011, Author – World Peace Partnership)

Power & Sex, (1996, Author)

The role of women in peace research, peace negotiations and the improvement of international relations. (1980, Author & Appointed Consultant on women’s issues to UNESCO.

Pioneering The Possible

Making Terrorism History

The Business Plan for Peace



TED talk on non violence (viewed by over 1,000,000 people)

Scilla is a three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policymakers worldwide and their critics.

Scilla founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas, was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003 and advised Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,500,000 people.

She now leads The Business Plan for Peace to help prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace throughout the world, based on her latest books The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War (2017) and The Mighty Heart: How to transform conflict (2020), which is now an on-line course. This course enables us to consult the power of the heart, to resolve conflict by deep attention, to turn anger into a fuel for change, – and thus break down silos in families, companies, and communities.



My intention is to use the rest of my life having a georgeous earthy sensual loving time, while devoting the rest of my energy to speaking out loud about how the world can be, if we bring the deep feminine back into balance and power with the masculine.”



I’m busy working on ways to break through the ‘macho’ group-think that bonds men – and the women who join in because they do not see a viable alternative – in their response to threat.

Writing articles and speaking in public about how our current response to terror precisely exacerbates that terror, by creating more rationale for jihad; and that the threat we now face is utterly different from any previous, in that it has nothing to do with hardware; it’s all about software – how people think and react

Thinking with others about a methodology to encourage the British public to think globally rather than nationally, when currently they are being encouraged in the opposite direction.

Advising Darshita Gillies with her ‘Re-generation Generation’ to put Millennials on the boards of major companies obliging them to enact regeneration policies.



Peace Nobel Price (Nomination: 1988, 1989, 1991)

Dialogue with NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation, working with Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert MacNamara, Lord Carrington.

Niwano Peace Prize in 2003,

Adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’.

Launch of The Elders in Johannesburg on Nelson Mandela’s 89th birthday

Appointed Chief Strategist of the World Peace Festival, held in Berlin, August 2011.

Lifetime Achievement Award (2013, presented by Voice of a Woman)