Dr. Rama Mani, peacebuilder, poet and performer, was awarded the 2013 Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany for the combined impact of her 25 years of peace activism and scholarship. She is described as a catalyst of transformation and a voice of witness and awakening for her powerful poetic performances and keynotes. Rama is the co-founder of Rising Women Rising World, Councillor of the World Future Council and senior research associate at University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies. She was previously: executive director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Sri Lanka); director, Global Peace and Security Course at Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Africa strategy manager, Oxfam GB (addressing violent conflicts across Africa), and senior external relations officer, Commission on Global Governance. She advises UN agencies, serves on several international boards and undertakes peace missions to crisis zones. She co-edited The Responsibility to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South (Routledge 2011) and authored Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War (Polity Blackwell 2002/2007). Rama has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University (USA) and a BA from Bryn Mawr College (USA). She is a French national and Indian Overseas Citizen.