Dr Rama Mani
Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy; Convenor of the Enacting Global Transformation at University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies
Dr Rama Mani is a transformative leader, peacebuilder, poet and performance artist whose life, work and art are devoted to human and global transformation. She was awarded the Peter Becker Peace Prize in 2013 at Marburg University, Germany, for the combined impact of her scholarship and advocacy for peace.
Rama is the Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy, a non-profit association registered in Geneva, Switzerland, whose purpose is to champion the creative power of humanity to shape our shared future.
She is the Convenor of the Enacting Global Transformation Collaborative Initiative at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies, which seeks to redefine paradigms of power, and shape creative, humane and effective responses to current global crises.
Rama is the Co-Founder of Rising Women Rising World, a global group of women leaders aiming to ‘co-create a world that works for all’, established jointly with Prof. Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy.
She was a Senior Advisor and Jury Member of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ or Right Livelihood Award.
Rama was earlier Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka’s pre-eminent policy and research centre addressing conflict, peace and human rights.
She was the Director of the Global Peace and Security Course for senior diplomats, military officers and international policy makers at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and still lectures there regularly.
She is a Faculty member of the Geneva Academy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, at the Graduate Institute and University of Geneva, teaching Transformative Justice for the M.A. in Transitional Justice.
She has been a Senior Research Associate at the CIS, University of Oxford since 2009. She is also a Research Associate at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa from 2018-2022.
Previously, Rama served as Oxfam GB’s Africa Strategy Manager and as Senior External Relations Officer to the Commission on Global Governance. Rama has collaborated with the United Nations since 1992. She served on the Board of global institutions, like Foundation for the Future, Academic Council on the United Nations System, UNESCO-International Centre for Human Sciences and NATO Defence College.
Rama has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and a B.A. Magna cum Laude in Political Science and French Literature from Bryn Mawr College, USA.
She is a member of the World Future Council.
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“Rama Mani, Founder, Theatre of Transformation Co-Founder, Rising Women Rising World” – The European Business Review