Intelligence Squared presents: The Elders

Monday 2 July 2012, 5.38pm | The Barbican Centre

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Independent, free now from the constraints of office, with a wealth of experience and the ability to open doors at the highest level, The Elders are helping tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems. Brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, The Elders use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide, using private advocacy and public diplomacy. They include the former holders of some of the world’s most important and demanding posts, as well as individuals with an extraordinary track record on peace-making, reconciliation and driving social change. To celebrate the group’s fifth anniversary, on Monday 2 July Intelligence Squared hosted three of the Elders on stage in London at the Barbican Centre.

Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, whose original vision of The Elders was translated into reality by Nelson Mandela, made a special guest appearance. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow was in the chair.



President Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, Nobel Peace Laureate


Mary Robinson

First female President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Laureate, Chair of The Elders


* Unfortunately, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland was not able to participate in this event, as originally scheduled, due to a bout of illness.



Jon Snow

Presenter of Channel 4 News

Special guests


Richard Branson

Chairman of Virgin Group


Peter Gabriel

Singer and songwriter