Dr. Rama Mani (India/France)
Originator, Theatre of Transformation, Senior Researcher, CIS, University of Oxford, Co-Founder Rising Women Rising World.
“Each one of you in the Founding Circle brings such unique gifts into the world. We would like to pour all your gifts of vision and wisdom into the collective vessel of the world that we want to co-create, and into this Academy which serves above all as a vessel to enable that world to come into being. Through the Theatre of Transformation Academy, we seek to transform the paradigm: to bring peace to countries at war, liberation to countries that are occupied, to give refugees a sense of being at home, whether safely back in their own homes or in far-off places, to ensure that all human beings can live in dignity and fulfillment, wherever they are.”
Dr. Rama Mani is an expert in international peace and security, a poet and performance artist. In 2013, Rama received the Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany for the combined impact of her scholarship and practice in peace.
Rama developed Theatre of Transformation based on her 25 years of experience at both policy and grassroots level in peacebuilding, governance and leadership. Rama’s transformative performances, seminars and teaching raise funds for the peace and solidarity missions she undertakes in countries in conflict, and the innovative humanitarian projects she supports directly.
Rama is a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies. With Prof. Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Rama is the Co-Founder of ‘Rising Women, Rising World’. She serves on the Jury of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ or the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.
Rama offers transformative seminars and teaching for leaders, policy makers, students and grassroots activists. She teaches policy makers at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she is an Associate Fellow. She also teaches on the MA in Transitional Justice at the Geneva Academy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and at St. Gallen University, and is invited to teach at universities and institutes around the world.
Rama was earlier Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Sri Lanka). She was Africa Strategy Manager for Oxfam GB, working in warzones across Africa. She was Director of the Global Peace and Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Senior External Relations Officer of the Commission on Global Governance.
Since 1992, Rama has partnered with and advised United Nations agencies. She has served on several international boards including the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS); Advisory Board of NATO Defence College, and UNESCO-CISH International Centre for Human Sciences (Lebanon). She authored “Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War” (Polity/Blackwell: 2002/2007) and co-edited “Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South” (Routledge: 2011).
Rama has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in Political Science and French Literature from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She is a French national and overseas citizen of India, where she grew up.