Oliver James McTernan is Director and co-Founder of Forward Thinking – a UK based organization that works to resolve conflict through an inclusive dialogue at a national and global level. Prior to his present position, he was senior advisor to the Club of Madrid, a group of former Heads of State and Government who are committed to supporting governments in transition to democracy.
As a Visiting Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2000-2003, he researched the failure of peace processes and the relationship between religion and conflict.
In May 2002 he helped to initiate and participated in the first official high-level post-conflict talks between NATO and the government in Belgrade.
For 25 years he served on the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International and was responsible for the movements East-West Dialogue programme during the Soviet period.
For 30 years he worked as a Catholic priest in Central London. In 1998 he was awarded the International Gold Medallion for his ‘outstanding contribution to inter-faith understanding’. He resigned in 2000 to focus on conflict resolution.
His book, Violence in God’s Name, explores the roots of violence within each of the major faith traditions. He broadcasts regularly on radio and TV. He is a member of the World Economic Forum MENA Strategy Group.