Richard Reoch Personal Envoy of the Sakyong of Shambhala

Richard Reoch has spent most of his working life in the fields of human rights, environmental protection and peace. He was the former media chief of Amnesty International and active in its global campaign against torture. He was asked by Sting to help organise The Rainforest Foundation and was one of its longest-serving trustees. He currently chairs the International Working Group of Sri Lanka, an independent network supporting lasting peace in that war-torn country.

In 2002 Richard was appointed the President of Shambhala - the global community dedicated to enlightened society – by the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In this role he co-chaired the second international conference on Gross National Happiness, ‘Rethinking Development,’ and, more recently, published the influential paper ‘Is the future back in the picture?

Having been the President for 12 years, he now serves as Personal Envoy of the Sakyong of Shambhala.

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