Life-time human rights, environment and peace activist
Richard Reoch has devoted his working life to human rights, the environment and peace. Born in Canada in 1948, he came to London to work at the headquarters of Amnesty International, campaigning against torture and becoming its global media chief. He has been a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation founded by Sting, and worked in conflict zones around the world. His blog on the Huffington Post speaks out against the rising hide of hatred in the world, Islamophobia and other forms of racial and social prejudice and violence. For 12 years he was the President of Shambhala, the worldwide community based on the Buddha's teachings on enlightened society. This year, he was asked by Morocco’s leading university to introduce a program on “mindful leadership”.