About Us

The Elders are an independent group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide. Elders no longer hold public office; they are independent of any national government or other vested interest. They should have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership. The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience: The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world.The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild.The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries - whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle.The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women.An Elder is also a changemaker - someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same.