Patrons                                                                                                                                 Trustees
The Rt. Hon. The Lord (Peter) Archer of Sandwell, Q.C. ~ In loving Memory                                                         Vijay Mehta
H.R.H. Prince Azim of Brunei                                                                                                                                  Lord Northbrook
Lord Bell                                                                                                                                                                  Policy Advisor                   
Deepak Chopra                                                                                                                                                    Sir James Mirrlees                              
Lady Annabel Goldsmith                                                                                                                                   Senior Advisor                   
Zac Goldsmith                                                                                                                                                         Jonathan Granoff
The Earl of Iveagh                                                                                                                                                               Founder
The Marchioness of Worcester                                                                                                                                     Renu Mehta  


Policy Advisor  
Sir James Mirrlees  

Appointed Assistant Lecturer in Economics in Cambridge (1963), Mirrlees was given a Chair in Economics at Oxford (1968-95) and then returned to Cambridge as Professor of Political Economy (1995). He has held visiting Professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Berkeley and Yale.

Mirrlees has published widely on the optimal taxation of income and welfare economics. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1996 for his work which has become a principal constituent of the modern analysis of complex information and incentive problems in economics. Widely honoured, Mirrlees was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh (1997), knighted in the same year, and elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1998.




The Rt. Hon. The Lord (Peter) Archer of Sandwell, Q.C.


20th November 1926 to 14th June 2012
As a former member of the House of Commons (1966-1992) and government minister (Solicitor General, 1974-1979), Lord Archer has made a mark in the field of international law and human rights. He is one of the founders of Amnesty International and as a Member of Parliament, was instrumental in the abolition of the death sentence. In addition to having practised as Queen's Counsel, Lord Archer was formerly a delegate to the United Nations (1969), a Recorder of the Crown Court and the Chairman of the Council on Tribunals from 1992-1999. He became Chairman of the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel in 1999.

President of One World Trust, the Fabian Society and the World Disarmament Campaign UK, Lord Archer is a prominent contributor to the debates on International conflict prevention and resolution. His books include the Queen's Courts, and the Law and Freedom at State.


Zac Goldsmith 7

Zac Goldsmith was raised and educated in Britain. He has been the director and editor of The Ecologist magazine for seven years during which time he has transformed the publication from an academic journal into a current affairs magazine without compromising its tough line on environmental and human rights issues. The Ecologist is published in six languages, and despite repeated attempts, has never been successfully sued.

Either side of running The Ecologist, Zac raises funds for groups and individuals around the world dealing with issues ranging from agriculture and energy to climate change, and trade. He helped to establish two foundations that derive funds from his own family, and two other foundations that raise funds from elsewhere with a view to distributing them to cutting edge campaign organisations.

In 2005 Zac was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's Quality of Life Policy group. Zac participates in numerous television and radio programmes and his writings have been published in newspapers and journals throughout the world. In 2003 Zac was the recipient of the Beacon Prize for 'Young Philanthropist of the Year'. In 2004, he received the Global Green Award in Los Angeles for 'International Environmental Leadership.


Vijay Mehta MA

Vijay Mehta is a peace activist, poverty reduction campaigner, and writer. He is Secretary: London CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament); Co-Chairman: World Disarmament Campaign; Chairman: Arms Reduction Coalition; Vice-Chairman: Action for United Nations Renewal; Editor: INLAP TIMES (Institute for Law & Peace). He has served on various advisory bodies on peace and disarmament and was a member of the team of International Experts who met in Greece for the creation of the School of Athens. He travels widely to give talks on international relations, peace, disarmament, poverty reduction, UN reforms and the global arms trade.

Vijay Mehta is currently writing a book on poverty reduction & sustainable development. He is author of “The United Nations and Its Future in the 21st Century” and “Arms No More”. He regularly writes for many journals and newsletters.


Lord Northbrook BA FRGS

In 1999 Lord Northbrook was elected as one of only 92 Hereditary Peers and was made a Conservative opposition whip in the House of Lords, speaking on Trade and Industry matters. With his financial and investment background, he co-founded the award-winning Mars Asset Management Ltd. He now speaks on trade and industry, and treasury issues from the back-benches.

Lord Northbrook is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Renu Mehta

Renu Mehta is the Founder and driving force behind Fortune Forum. Fortune Forum convenes global leaders, celebrity activists, philanthropists, influential entrepreneurs and media moguls to collectively make a difference. She endeavours to create an enduring legacy by establishing The Fortune Forum as a platform for promoting real change.

To extend her campaigning work, Renu makes overseas visits to some of the world's hardest hit countries such as Ethiopia and India to bring more attention to these development issues. Her work is regularly published in the respected international press. Renu addressed the Oxford Union in May 2007 where she publicly unveiled her new initiative ; International Clean Energy (ICE) Circle. ICE Circle encourages entrepreneurial and philanthropic investment which addresses the pressing issue of climate change both at the global at local level.



Renu Mehta with Eric Clapton & Jools Holland
8 March 2005 at 2

Renu Mehta and Robin Birley hosted a boutique fundraiser at 1, London. The event featured a special 30-minute performance by Eric Clapton and Jools Holland, accompanied by full band. It was a splendid evening, with many of the seasoned party-going guests saying that they 'had the best time !'.