On the observance of the International Day of Peace and in support of the Permanent Secretariat to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, ICV will host an intimate dinner, where three inspiring and heroic world leaders, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, all Nobel Peace Laureates, will share their experiences and insights in meeting personal and global challenges and policies for a more peaceful and secure world.

On September 16, 2016, representatives of family offices and fund investors seated at the dinner table will gain insights into the interconnected risks that may disrupt a well-thought-out portfolio designed for future generations and the interrelation between peace and sustainability.

All profits of the dinner, including donations which may arise from the dinner, will help to advance the noble work of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates and Global Security Institute for its activities for the Permanent Secretariat, including its work related to the United Nations.


“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.”

 – Ban Ki-moon


Nobel Peace Laureates

Alfred Nobel was interested in social issues and was engaged in the peace movement. His acquaintance with Bertha von Suttner (who was later awarded the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize) influenced his own views on peace. Perhaps his peace interest was also because his inventions were used in warfare and assassination attempts? Peace was the fifth and final prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway).


  • Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian activist, human rights lawyer and former judge who won the Nobel Peace Price in 2003 for her work to improve human rights in Iran, especially those of women, children and political prisoners. She was the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and is a founder of the Defender of Human Rights Center in Iran and a co-founder of Nobel Women’s Initiative. Shirin Ebadi, J.D., was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and only the fifth Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in any field. Dr. Ebadi was one of the first female judges in Iran. She served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975 to 1979 and was the first Iranian woman to achieve Chief Justice status. She, along with other women judges, was dismissed from that position after the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. She was made a clerk in the court she had once presided over, until she petitioned for early retirement. After obtaining her lawyer’s license in 1992, Dr. Ebadi set up private practice. As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been arrested numerous times. In addition to being an internationally-recognized advocate of human rights, she has also established many non-governmental organizations in Iran, including the Million Signatures Campaign, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. Dr. Ebadi is also a university professor and often students from outside Iran take part in her human rights training courses. She has published over 70 articles and 13 books dedicated to various aspects of human rights, some of which have been published by UNICEF. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
  • Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative, and was the co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah is currently named a Distinguished Activist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary. She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Leymah is a highly sought-after speaker for women’s leadership conferences, as well as business, religious, education, peace and security gatherings. Her 2012 TED Talk has been viewed by nearly 1 million people. She is a frequent guest on major television networks and recently profiled on the New York Times Op-Docs series by filmmaker Errol Morris who called her “a modern day Joan of Arc.” For a full list of awards and recognitions and an expanded bio, please visit www.peaceisloud.org
  • Tawakkol Karman, led dozens of peaceful demonstrations, and she is the person who came up with holding weekly protest in front of council of ministries. Later, the place has become known as “Freedom Square”. She preferred the option of change at peaceful manner when she launched a campaign to change the regime in order to preserve the Yemeni state, which had been crumbling due to wrong policies of Saleh regime. The Nobel Prize winner made a stand in favor of the Southern Movement, which was expressing rejection of the policies aiming at marginalization of the south. She attended some of its activities, and delivered fiery speeches against the regime. The Advocate of vulnerable groups adopted defending the rights of what was known in the media as “displaced persons of al-Ja’ashen, which is an area located in Ibb province, about 240 km from the capital Sana’a. Karman organized protest marches, staged sit-ins, and mounted media and political campaigns against Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Mansour, one of the most influential men loyal to the then president Saleh, who had displaced dozens of families from their own homes and farms unlawfully. The individual rights advocate, however, kept on organizing anti-regime protests. On the evening of January 23, 2011, she was arrested and sent to the prison of women on a charge of holding rallies, unlicensed marches, incitement to cause chaos and riot, and undermining social peace. It led to public anger, leading up to the outbreak of a popular uprising on February 11th, which overthrew the power of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 was awarded jointly to Tawakkol Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee” for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. Upon being granted the prize, Tawakkol Karman has become the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32. UN Secreta The Advocate of vulnerable groups adopted defending the rights of what was known in the media as “displaced persons of al-Ja’ashen, which is an area located in Ibb province, about 240 km from the capital Sana’a.ry-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 31 July the members of a new High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015. Among the members were the human rights activist Tawakkol Karman, the president Horst Köhler of Germany, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Queen Rania of Jordon, and former Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan. Tawakkol Karman is a founder and an active member of many organizations and councils concerning the defense of freedom, democracy and peace, and struggle against tyranny and corruption. Her activities are centered around values of human rights, fight against extremism and military coups, and the protection of children and women during wars and armed conflicts.



Senior Advisers to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999.


  • Amir Dossal is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnerships Forum, a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide change makers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges – which he established in 2010. Amir is co-founder of the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership to protect coastal and marine seas around the world. He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. In 2015, Amir was invited by UN Women to join its global movement for gender equality, as HeForShe Champion. In 2016, Amir was appointed a UN Women Global champion for Planet 50-50 by 2030. Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and served as the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships until September 2010. He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of global diplomacy as well as extensive experience in managing technical assistance projects in emerging markets. Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress. By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavour to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.
  • Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute, is a former professor of international law, and serves as a Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is the Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He focuses his advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and the elimination of nuclear weapons. He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute. He is a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law. Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous times. He has represented the Nobel Laureate organization the International Peace Bureau at Nobel Laureate Summits and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
  • Robert Smith entered Wall Street with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, and built capital markets and international equities businesses. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. Robert serves as Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, a multi-asset holding company, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in healthcare to identify, finance and develop novel medical technologies from inception through clinical proof of concept. He serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Robert is Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security, monitor and support the Nobel Peace Laureates, and engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking. He serves as a member of the board of organizations focused on youth development, including the Chaeli Foundation, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village and Tuesday’s Children. Robert is Vice President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon, who operated the largest real estate company in the world at the turn of the 20th century, created the mortgage and college loans, fueled the Harlem Renaissance and donated to thousands of nonprofits over his lifetime “to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, and to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.”


Philanthropy: Love of Humankind

The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was created in 2006, and is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with its own board, based in Rome and operates on a permanent basis.

The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999.

The Permanent Secretariat organizes the World Summit in different locations across the globe with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureates’ foundations and organizations, and in partnership with hosting municipalities and prominent local foundations.

The Permanent Secretariat also aggregates panel discussions among Nobel Peace Laureates and representatives of the leading international organizations, media, business and government in open forums. The World Summit holds dedicated student workshops, which are organized in collaboration with international organizations and Nobel Peace Laureates.

The Permanent Secretariat is supported by a staff of volunteers, linked with its own representatives in Italy, France, Germany, Russia, United Sates, Asia and Africa, working together to explore new opportunities in the pursue of our association goals.

The Permanent Secretariat of Nobel Peace Laureates Summits