We are a completely volunteer-based organization. We are committed to making this world a better place, driven by the vision that one day we can achieve peace for humanity and for this planet.
We know this is an audacious goal, but we are motivated and inspired by the goal of creating a critical mass of practical idealists, of dreamers who get things done. After all, what would this world be without dreamers?
We believe that this world needs more of these dreamers and more people with big visions. For they will truly make this world a more peaceful place.
Since we are a completely volunteer-based organization, not one of our core team or staff members receives any salary or monetary compensation for what they do. This includes our founders and our chairman.
We direct any donation we receive directly to the cause or project it is meant for after a small percentage is used to cover overhead expenses. That´s it.
World Peace is challenging enough, let´s keep our organization simple.
For general enquiries: email@example.com
Office of the Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising Angels India Project: Bala Varadarajan email@example.com
Somalia Clean Water Project: Hassan Ali Isaak firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising Angels Project Rwanda: Eddy Kalisa email@example.com
Tools for Peace Project and Educational Initiatives: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global volunteer network coordinator: Saurabh Matta email@example.com
Peace Pods project: Lienke Stam firstname.lastname@example.org
World Peace Foundation e.V.
The World Peace Foundation e.V. (not for profit) is registered in Cologne, Germany, under the registration number VR 17365 with the German authorities.
World Peace foundation e.V. (not for profit) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, non-political international acting organization with the aim to systematically initiate and foster processes for worldwide peace building. With support of our global network of partners we have been working with from the start – ranging from the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the UNDPI and the UNDP to NGOs around the world and corporate partners like Virgin Unite or Google – the World Peace foundation combines its own unique and holistic peace-building strategy with global initiatives and the long-standing practical knowledge of renowned peace building experts. The goal of the World Peace foundation is to create global movements that will serve to inspire systemic policy changes for peace and help to prevent and reduce conflicts between people, countries and creeds.
Based on a vision and starting a network from scratch, our founder Tom Oliver created the World Peace Foundation and World Peace Festival, supported by business leaders like Richard Branson and termed “the most influential peace gathering in history” by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu. The Dalai Lama has called the World Peace Foundation “a global community of millions of people who take an active stance for peace”.
PEACE STARTS WITH ME
We believe that peace starts with the individual. The mission of the World Peace Foundation is to inspire and empower people around the world to be more at peace with themselves, others and the environment. We are creating a global community that is actively working towards peace. One by one and together, we can all make a difference.
We believe that peace building has to be holistic. This is why we combine educational publications, educational initiatives, ongoing educational outreach programs, worldwide initiatives and programs with our partners and global events to have a holistic and systemic impact to reach a critical mass of individual around the globe that will serve as an army of peacemakers.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER, TOM OLIVER
Tom is a a world-renowned authority on disruptive innovation and holistic thought leader at the best business schools in the world. Tom founded the Global Leadership Circle at Manchester Business School while contributing to its being ranked as one of the top international business programs.
High in demand as a global keynote speaker, Google invites him to coach leadership, the World Bank seeks his business advice, the European Parliament, the United Nations, Austria and China invite him to speak to world leaders. “Fabulously placed to inspire those around him to learning whole new levels of solutions” (Google), Tom´s expertise is sought after by the premier financial institutions such as the World Bank, the best business schools in the world from the Manchester Business School to the Kellogg School of Management, political powerhouses like the European Parliament and the UN, heads of state from Austria to India and China and the world ́s cutting edge corporations from Puma to Pepsi and Google.
Tom is an award-winning “role model for the modern global social entrepreneur” (Peggy Dulany Rockefeller).
Tom has worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies throughout the world and has been granted lifelong seats in some of the most influential think tanks of our time, together with a wide range of Nobel Laureates and Heads of State. Praised as “a coach to many of the world´s most notable philanthropists, entertainers and CEOs” (McGraw Hill Professional) and achieving “highest ratings for his keynotes and workshops” (PEPSICO), Tom has perfected a unique and accelerated method of maximizing personal, leadership, and business potential.
Termed “an extraordinary leader” by Deepak Chopra, Tom is the Author of the McGraw Hill bestseller “Nothing Is Impossible” that has been endorsed by business leaders from SAP to Ebay and Google, and self-made billionaires from Africa to the US.
A “legendary singer & songwriter, music producer and live performer who has headlined many of the biggest music festivals in the world” (Riviera Buzz, France), Tom has been called “one of the most creative people on the planet” by the masterminds behind Barack Obama´s multi-award winning viral “Yes, we can” campaign. The world´s best creative agencies from Saatchi&Saatchi to Interbrand have named Tom “a gateway to millions of next generation trend setter and early adopters” and “an expert on understanding the Millennial Generation and the hearts and minds of consumers below 30” (Interbrand – “Best Global Brands”).
Tom is also a passionate surfer and kitesurfer. He divides his time between the South of France, Germany and the US.
ABOUT ERHART KIRFEL, CO-FOUNDER AND CFO
Erhart Kirfel is a management consultant who owns his own consulting company.. He has been operating in the sector of German and European Public Administration for over 35 years.
For 14 years he was the Head of Financial Controlling for the German Social Democratic Party, the SPD (one of the two major political parties in Germany).
Since the SPD is also one of the 10 biggest media groups in Germany, Erhart´s work not only included the complete financial controlling of the party’s finances and of the budget of the election campaigns, but also the consulting of the SPD Party Headquarters in a wide range of business and strategic issues.
In addition, Erhart was the Chairman of the Board of the Public Administration Section of the Association of German Consulting Companies (“BDU”) for 9 years – the highest position possible in the German consulting industry dealing with Public Administration.. The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) has awarded him the rare international title of “Certified Management Consultant,” a title which only 280 German management consultants have ever been given.
Erhart has also been a top-level speaker for many years invited to lecture at such prestigious events as the European and German Convention of Public Administration, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the German Civil Servants’ Association.. He regularly publishes articles in all key journals and magazines for the public sector.. He has also been frequently interviewed by leading German newspapers such as the “Financial Times Germany,” “Die Süddeutsche Zeitung,” and others.
He has one of the most extensive contacts and networks in the German Public Administration sector ranging from high-ranking government officials on state and national level to personal ties with government secretaries.
He resides in Cologne, Germany, with his wife.
Erhart is the CFO and Co-Founder of the WPF.
Humanitarian awards and recognitions
The World Peace Foundation has been named “Best practices & innovations in individual philanthropy and social investment around the world” in 2011 by the Synergos Institute, New York, which was founded by the Rockefeller family and also presents the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (past recipients include Ted Turner, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Richard Branson).
The global philanthropists circle
Tom is dedicated to the concept that business is a catalyst for global social change. Following a personal invitation by the Rockefeller family, Tom became a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle, which has been termed “The most elite club in the world” by Bloomberg/Business Week and includes the leading philanthropists of our time.
National Education society of India
The award-winning National Education Society of India awarded Tom the “World Peace Prize” after successful completion of the biggest World Peace Congress for and by students, with over 10.000 students from over 10 countries, members of Parliament and Bollywood actors coming together in Mumbai, India. The milestone event was co-organized and sponsored by Tom´s World Peace Foundation.
Club of Budapest
Tom has been awarded a lifelong seat as a creative member in the Club of Budapest together with Heads of State like Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Laureates including Elie Wiesel, Betty Williams, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, and world-renowned artists like film-maker Milos Forman, musician Peter Gabriel, and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.