Timothy Phillips has launched several innovative organizations in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors that address critical and emerging global issues. In 1992, he co-founded Beyond Conflict, a pioneering and widely respected conflict resolution and reconciliation initiative that has made important contributions to the consolidation of peace and democracy around the world. Beyond Conflict brings together leaders from a broad spectrum of countries to share firsthand experience in ending conflict, building civil society and fostering peaceful coexistence and has worked in countries and regions that have included Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Balkans, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Beyond Conflict has achieved international recognition for its significant contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process, national reconciliation in El Salvador and Nicaragua, the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and its catalytic role in helping launch the field of transitional justice.
In the private sector, Mr. Phillips was a founder of Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which was a leader in the development and operation of privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America in the early 1990s. EGI developed and acquired more than $240 million in hydroelectric and electric distribution companies throughout the Americas, including the largest wind farm in Latin America. Through its successful operations, EGI demonstrated that the private sector can invest in renewable energy technologies in developing countries that are clean, sustainable and financially profitable. EGI was acquired in 2001 by the Italian electric utility ENEL S.p.A., the largest publicly traded electric utility in the world.
Mr. Phillips helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, which was founded in 2001 and works with more than 80 former heads of state and government to promote the consolidation of democracy around the world. Mr. Phillips has also advised the U.S. Department of State, the Council of Europe and the United Nations on conflict resolution and democratization.
Mr. Phillips is currently CEO and Co-Chair of Beyond Conflict and has been a visiting lecturer at several universities, including teaching a course on the critical role of leadership in conflict transformation.
Early in his career, Mr. Phillips worked internationally in support of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s, he organized a series of independent fact-finding missions to Central America for U.S. policymakers, news editors and congressional staff to introduce them to the key players across the political spectrum in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and to support the work of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who later won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring to peace to Central America. In 1989, Mr. Phillips developed and organized a seminar at Harvard University for leading journalists that introduced them to the concept of global warming, one of the first initiatives to bring this urgent issue to the attention of the national media.
Mr. Phillips serves of the board of directors, trustees and overseers of numerous international organizations and cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, and the Foundation for a Civil Society. He also serves as a strategic consultant to a number of early-stage nongovernmental organizations on issues of democratization, civil society, conflict resolution and technologies to bridge the digital divide in the developing world.
Mr. Phillips is a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Salzburg Seminar, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State, and he has lectured at a number of universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis. He has published on transitional justice, conflict resolution and national reconciliation, and his work with Beyond Conflict (formerly the Project on Justice in Times of Transition) was featured in the PBS documentary The Visionaries. He has also been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, Radio RTE Ireland and the BBC World Service. Mr. Phillips was educated at Suffolk University and the London School of Economics.