Business Plan for Peace has ambitious long-term aims that challenge the status quo. These are based on solid evidence and recognition of both what is possible and of the urgency to change how humanity operates within our fragile world.


We envision a global shift in culture away from destructive conflict, towards a manifest commitment to build sustainable peace throughout the world.


To generate a groundswell of people from all sectors who believe that a world without destructive conflict is possible and necessary and who consequently are actively engaged, through inner growth and outer action, in hastening this change. We consider Business Plan for Peace as a catalyst for peace.



Since “the future belongs to those that can see it”, we demonstrate how a world without destructive conflict can be built and we turn vision into action, knowing the future is now. We are committed to the irrefutable reality that destructive conflict is neither necessary nor inevitable.


From experience we have learned that inner work and self-knowledge are essential to make a profound contribution toward peace. Our individual and team reflective practices are where we find wisdom and nourishment for effective work.


We know that work is most effective when diversity is embraced and collaboration modelled. We work to re-balance right and left brain intelligence, in order to prevent and resolve destructive conflict.

Power & Presence

We engage consistently with the realities of political power and military might, bringing the skills of awareness to have courageous conversations when necessary. We find our power through practising being fully present with empathy, because it enables greater authenticity and constructive progress.

Light & Resourceful

We remain light and agile, mindful of our precious resources. We facilitate connection and collaboration and catalyse change. We work in partnership with people across the globe challenging traditional power structures and reimagining failing systems.

Local support, global vision

We seek opportunities to transform conflict at home as well as abroad, partnering with like-minded people and collaborators from the UK and across the globe to support a locally led, human centered model of change.

“It’s in practising being fully present that we realise our power.”

Meet The Team

Our Directors

Our Board of Advisers includes:

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC;

Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE;

Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf;

Mohamed El Ashry;

Sir Mark Rylance;

Professor Dr Kingsley Moghalu;

Lord Browne, former Labour Defence Secretary;

Dr Gertie Arts, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands;

Ravi Venkantesan.

Scilla Elworthy

Dr Scilla Elworthy, Founder

Three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. She now leads Business Plan for Peace to help prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace throughout the world, because it is possible; based on her latest books The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War (2017), The Mighty Heart: how to transform conflict (2020), and The Mighty Heart in Action (2022).

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’.

Scilla gives regularly gives keynote speeches and media interviews. For enquiries, please email:

Isla Glaister

Isla Glaister, CEO
A deeply committed peacebuilding leader and facilitator, Isla has 16 years’ experience working overseas in conflict contexts, and 10 years’ experience in senior management positions leading country offices in the not-for-profit sector.

Michelle Arnell

Michelle Arnell, Mighty Heart Course Manager
Michelle has worked with BPP throughout its early years of start-up, as Operations Manager and now as Mighty Heart Course Manager. She is a highly skilled project manager with a background in accounts, events and technical management.

Elizabeth Besa

Elizabeth Besa, Finance & Operations Manager
Elizabeth has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years, including for organisations experiencing rapid growth. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is pursuing an MSc in Charity Financial Management.

Simon Hilditch

Simon Hilditch, Communications Officer
Simon has several years’ experience managing communications strategies for a number of NGOs, including in the international development and human rights sectors and an academic background in conflict resolution.

Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher, Chair
After a long career in the mainstream financial sector at Bankers Trust, SBCI and Citibank, and as Senior Partner of Actis, the leading pan emerging markets investor, Paul previously led CDC, the UK’s development finance institution. He is Chair of Teach for All, the global education movement, and on the boards of Crisis Action and Greenwood Place.

Darshita Gillies

Darshita Gillies, Director
Darshita is a millennial, born in Mumbai, India. After qualifying as ‘47th all-India rank’ Chartered Accountant she worked at board level of Standard Chartered Bank. She has now founded Maanch: the first and fast-growing global impact platform to facilitate funding to worthy projects using the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Bob Berg

Bob Berg, Director
Bob founded the Office of Evaluation at the US Agency for International Development, was chair of evaluation for the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, served as President of the International Development Conference, and as senior advisor for various UN bodies including UNESCO and UNDP. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, whose 100+ member organisations work on conflict resolution and conflict prevention in 156 countries.


Dr Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Director
Professor of International Relations and director of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is chair of Southeastern European Studies at Oxford and Council member of the European Council of Foreign Relations.

Dr Madeleine Mosse, Programme Development Manager
Madeleine has led grassroots peacebuilding projects in Kosovo and supported social cohesion organisations in the UK. She has written policy recommendations on social cohesion for local and national government. Madeleine is committed to supporting people at all levels of society to find creative and collaborative solutions to building peace.