Dr Jerry White

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAWS

Jerry White

Jerry shares in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He is a social entrepreneur and Senior Ashoka Fellow, and teaches at the University of Virginia.

Jerry was the first Christian to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies at Brown University, spending his junior year in Israel. During a trip there, he stepped on a landmine inan unmarked minefield, which resulted in him losing a leg and spending six months in recovery and rehabilitation in a Tel Aviv Hospital.

In 1995, Jerry launched the Landmine Survivors Network - later Survivor Corps - with co-founder Ken Rutherford. LSN brought survivors voices to the anti-landmine movement and pioneered techniques in war victim assistance as well as providing tens of thousands of amputees with peer mentors, artificial limbs and job training.

Jerry is credited with leading high-impact, international peace campaigns. Working closely with the late Princess Diana, and then King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan to address the humanitarian crisis caused by tens of millions of mines buried in more than 80 countries, he shared in the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Three of the campaigns spearheaded by Jerry resulted in major international treaties: the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Cluster Munitions Treaty, and the Landmine Ban Treaty.

He also served as a US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama administration, launching the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations created by former Secretary Hillary Clinton. During his tenure in the State Department, he co-chaired a working group on religion and conflict mitigation responsible for outreach to diverse civil society leaders and religious actors working to break cycles of violence. He introduced advanced analytics and modelling to develop data-driven strategies to prevent the spread of violent conflict and to address the rise of ISIS.

After leaving the State Department in January 2015, Jerry founded Global Impact Strategies Inc. and Global Covenant Partners. Global Impact Strategies is primarily concerned with preventing disaster, protecting people, and preserving the planet. Global Covenant Partners is a small non-profit created to co-ordinate and facilitate a growing movement of religious actors, scholars, policymakers, and civil society organisations dedicated to preventing religion-related violence, protecting its targets, and rehabilitating its victims.

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