Leymah R. Gbowee

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

Leymah R. Gbowee is the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is the Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York. Ms. Gbowee is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a Founding Member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET).

Ms. Gbowee currently serves as a Member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocate for the United Nations (UN), and the World Refugee Council (WRC). In 2017, she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to serve as a Member of his High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. Ms. Gbowee serves on the board of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa-USA and the PeaceJam Foundation. She is also a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. Ms. Gbowee was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa, Dartmouth College in USA, Polytechnic University Mozambique and University of Alberta in Canada. Ms. Gbowee has been awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation and the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence in the category of Unity and Religions.