Peace Activist and Non Violence Advocate
Scilla is founder of the Oxford Research Group in 1982 and director for 20 years, developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. This work included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and western nuclear scientists and military which formed the basis for later treaties, and for which she was three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She founded Peace Direct in 2002 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. Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005. She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by Voice of a Woman in 2013. She is the founder of the Bee School, to provide skills to young people who want to serve the planet; and adviser to the DO School in Hamburg, offering training, mentoring, and education for outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to kick-start their own ventures all around the world. She advises the executive leadership teams of selected companies who want to make a positive contribution to the planet.