Steve Killelea AM

Founder & Executive Chairman

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology and international business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on peace and sustainable development. With over 30 years experience in the information technology industry, Steve is highly skilled in international marketing, business and product strategy, and has developed two highly profitable global companies with exceptional track records.

Over the last two decades he has applied these skills to his global philanthropic activities. First establishing The Charitable Foundation and then the Institute for Economics and Peace and the Global Peace Index.

Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia.

Steve regularly visits and is actively involved in the projects he funds. TCF supports a wide ranging variety of projects including child survival initiatives, emergency and famine relief, housing, and the rehabilitation of child soldiers.

Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace to focus on better understanding the linkages between business, peace and economic development.  He is also the founder of the Global Peace Index the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the drivers of peace. The Global Peace Index is now considered the world’s leading benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations and used by many leading organisations. It is often quoted in the international press.  Steve is also a regular speaker at global forums on conflict, peace, governance and development.

“Soldiers of Peace” the documentary film Steve produced in 2008, has received international acclaim and won a number of awards including the Angel Film Award at the Monaco International Film Festival 2008, the Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival 2009 and the Club of Budapest Worldshift Ethic Film Award.

Steve currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the International Crisis Group, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring Progress of Societies. He is an International Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace.


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