Steve Killelea combines a highly successful career in technology with a philanthropic focus on peace and sustainable development. He founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) in 2007 as an independent not-for-profit global research institute analysing the intertwined relationships between business, peace and economic development. As one of the world’s most impactful think tanks, IEP’s research is extensively used by multi-laterals, including the United Nations, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as taught in thousands of university courses around the world.
He is also the creator of the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading quantitative measurement of global peacefulness, ranking 163 countries, and independent territories. Steve currently serves on the President’s Circle for Club de Madrid, the largest forum of democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers working to strengthen democracy. In 2010, Steve was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through the global peace movement, and in 2016 was awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize.