About Dr. Rama Mani
Dr. Rama Mani is a peacebuilder, poet and performance artist whose life, work and art are devoted to human and global transformation. She received the Peter Becker Peace Prize in 2013 in Germany, The Excellence in Leadership Award of the Global Thinkers Forum in the UK in 2018, and the Visioneers’ International Network’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in Canada in 2020.
Dr. Rama Mani is the Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy, whose purpose is to champion and support 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 and humane responses to global crises. Both initiatives are grounded in the Theatre of Transformation artform and methodology, developed collaboratively by Rama based on her 30 years of high-profile and grassroots experience worldwide in global peace, justice, leadership and governance. All Rama’s programmes create circles of solidarity between diverse people and cultures, raise funds for the Academy’s peace missions, and support the Academy’s grassroots partners in crisis countries.
Home for Humanity was co-founded jointly by Rama and her husband, Professor Alexander Schieffer, Founder of Trans4m Centre for Integral Development, fusing the powerful transformative methodologies of Theatre of Transformation and Trans4m’s Integral Worlds Approach. Home for Humanity’s mission is to nurture the potential of each individual, each home and each organization to be a launchpad for human, societal and planetary transformation, and its vision is to transform our divided world into a united home for the Earth family. Home for Humanity was awarded the Visioneers’ International Network’s ‘Project of Excellence Award’ in Canada in 2020.
With Prof. Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Rama was the Co-Founder of Rising Women Rising World, a global group of women leaders who aimed to ‘co-create a world that works for all’.
Rama is a Councilor of the World Future Council which protects the rights of future generations and awards the Future Policy Awards. She was a Jury member and Senior Advisor of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ or Right Livelihood Award.
Rama was formerly Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka, Director of the Global Peace and Security Course for decision-makers at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Oxfam’s Africa Strategy Manager for Africa-wide conflicts, and Senior External Relations Officer to the Commission on Global Governance.
Rama has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, USA, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College USA in Politics and French Literature. She is a French national and an Indian Overseas Citizen.