Roy Leighton - Co-Chair Events and Seminars

Roy holds an MPhil from Cambridge University in Knowledge, Power and Politics, is an advisory board member for the Da Vinci Life-Skills School Cambridge and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His MPhil dissertation focused on how key influencers understand and apply the principles of transrational facilitation in education, business and social transformation.

As a senior associate at Independent Thinking and the CEO of Undiscovered Country, he works with schools, universities, businesses, and communities in the U.K. and internationally to develop cultures of 'positive peace' and play to support engagement, transcend conflict and improve outcomes.

He is currently engaged in a ‘theatre as research’ programme for secondary schools and community groups in the U.K. and the U.S.A. with Alter Ego Creative Solutions addressing the question: What do we learn about disengaged and marginalized social groups when we use ‘Theatre of The Oppressed’ to address the issues of direct, institutional and cultural violence? This ‘Theatre for Education’ production reenacts and reflects on the 1965 Baldwin vs. Buckley debate at Cambridge University that addressed the question: The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro.

He is the co-author of eight books on education, creativity, spirituality and change management.

Roy is a peace activist and in 1991 he was awarded the Min-on Peace Award for his contribution to peace, culture and education.