The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Dr. James Smith CBE

Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Trust

Dr. James M. Smith co-founded the Aegis Trust in 2000. In 2002, he staged the first major international conference on genocide prevention. In 2004, working with the Rwandan Government, he played a key role in establishing the Kigali Genocide Memorial, at a site where some 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide lie buried. He led the creation of Aegis’ Peace & Humanity Education program, now adopted across the curriculum in Rwanda, and used elsewhere as a tool to create resilience against pathways of violence and promote humanity through education globally. Dr Smith was awarded the CBE in the New Years’ Honours List in 2014 for services to Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention. He is also Co-founder of the UK National Holocaust Centre, along with his brother Stephen and parents.

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