Timothy Phillips

Co-Founder at Beyond Conflict

Timothy Phillips

Timothy Phillips

Co-Founder at Beyond Conflict

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Timothy Phillips is a social entrepreneur who has launched several innovative organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors that address critical and emerging global issues. In 1992, he co-founded the Project on Justice in Times of Transition, a pioneering and widely respected conflict resolution and reconciliation initiative that has made important contributions to the consolidation of peace and democracy around the world. Affiliated with Tufts University and Columbia University and active in countries and regions that have included Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Balkans, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Project brings together leaders from a broad spectrum of countries to share firsthand experience in ending conflict, building civil society and fostering peaceful coexistence. The Project has achieved international recognition for its significant contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process, national reconciliation in El Salvador and Nicaragua, the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and its catalytic role in helping launch the field of transitional justice.

In the private sector, Mr. Phillips was a founder of Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which was a leader in the development and operation of privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America in the early 1990s. EGI developed and acquired more than $240 million in hydroelectric and electric distribution companies throughout the Americas, including the largest wind farm in Latin America. Through its successful operations, EGI demonstrated that the private sector can invest in renewable energy technologies in developing countries that are clean, sustainable and financially profitable. EGI was acquired in 2001 by the Italian electric utility ENEL S.p.A., the largest publicly traded electric utility in the world.

Mr. Phillips helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, which was founded in 2001 with the support of 30 current and former heads of state and government to promote the consolidation of democracy around the world. Mr. Phillips has also advised the U.S. Department of State, the Council of Europe and the United Nations on conflict resolution and democratization.

Mr. Phillips is co-chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and a visiting lecturer at Tufts University, where he teaches a course on the critical role of leadership in conflict transformation. He is currently developing a documentary film called Talking with the Enemy, which will explore dramatic examples of U.S. and international leaders who have engaged with their adversaries to bring about a fundamental shift in relations, reduce international tensions and resolve seemingly intractable conflicts.

Early in his career, Mr. Phillips worked internationally in support of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s, he organized a series of independent fact-finding missions to Central America for U.S. policymakers, news editors and congressional staff to introduce them to the key players across the political spectrum in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and to support the work of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who later won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring to peace to Central America. In 1989, Mr. Phillips developed and organized a seminar at Harvard University for leading journalists that introduced them to the concept of global warming, one of the first initiatives to bring this urgent issue to the attention of the national media.

Mr. Phillips serves of the board of directors, trustees and overseers of numerous international organizations and cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, the University of the Middle East, the Foundation for a Civil Society, and Coexistence International. He also serves as a strategic consultant to a number of early-stage nongovernmental organizations on issues of democratization, civil society, conflict resolution and technologies to bridge the digital divide in the developing world.

Mr. Phillips is a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Salzburg Seminar, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State, and he has lectured at a number of universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis. He has published on transitional justice, conflict resolution and national reconciliation, and his work with the Project on Justice in Times of Transition was featured in the PBS documentary The Visionaries. He has also been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, Radio RTE Ireland and the BBC World Service. Mr. Phillips was educated at Suffolk University and the London School of Economics.

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Beyond Conflict
Energia Global International Ltd.

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Member, Board of Overseers at Cornell University - Weill Cornell Medical College

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Vice President, Database Platforms at InterSystems Corporation

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Vice Chairman & Secretary at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

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Co-Founder at Family To Family Project, Inc.

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Honorary Member, Board of Trustees at Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

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LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

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Co-Founder
1992 - Current

Beyond Conflict creates powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries. By leveraging their global network of leaders, activists, and other seasoned practitioners, they’ve catalyzed the field of transitional justice, facilitated the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and charted a course towards peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Central America, Cuba and other divided societies grappling with difficult social challenges. Founded in 1992, their powerful methodology of shared experience is grounded in two core principles: that people can learn from each other, and that people can change, and accumulated evidence from brain science supports these principles. This simple yet powerful belief in the human capacity for change and renewal is matched by rigorous research and the constant question – how can they do their work more effectively and advance human understanding and progress in positive and tangible ways Through this journey, they engaged with leading brain and behavioral scientists and discovered the potential of brain science to powerfully and radically shift the way in which they understand human conflict and coexistence, and the very nature by which they think, act and respond to their world.

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Energia Global International Ltd. develops electricity generation projects in Central America. The company is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Member, Board of Overseers
Current

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. The primary activities of the ICA are threefold: • To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences • To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making • To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation and add meaning to contemporary art and culture.

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Club of Madrid is a non-profit organization created to promote democracy & change in the international community.

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The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University is an incubator of innovative ways to educate learners at all levels to understand and engage with difficult global issues. We develop new generations of effective and ethical leaders who are able and driven to comprehend complexity, reflect cultural and political nuance, and engage as responsible global citizens in anticipating and confronting the world's most pressing problems.

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2015

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston houses and preserves preeminent collections and serves a variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. It conducts exhibitions, programs and research and publication activities and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. The museum holds its collections in trust for future generations. The Museum's collection is made up of: Art of the Americas, Art of Europe, Contemporary Art, Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa, Art of the Ancient World, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Textiles and Fashion Arts and Musical Instruments.

$1M
2014

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston houses and preserves preeminent collections and serves a variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. It conducts exhibitions, programs and research and publication activities and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. The museum holds its collections in trust for future generations. The Museum's collection is made up of: Art of the Americas, Art of Europe, Contemporary Art, Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa, Art of the Ancient World, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Textiles and Fashion Arts and Musical Instruments.

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2013

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston houses and preserves preeminent collections and serves a variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. It conducts exhibitions, programs and research and publication activities and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. The museum holds its collections in trust for future generations. The Museum's collection is made up of: Art of the Americas, Art of Europe, Contemporary Art, Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa, Art of the Ancient World, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Textiles and Fashion Arts and Musical Instruments.

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