Dr. Kevin Clements is the Foundation Chair and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His career has been a combination of academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He has been an adviser to the New Zealand, Australian, British, Swedish, and Dutch governments on conflict prevention, arms control, defense, and regional security issues. Daisaku Ikeda is President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an association of more than 12 million people practicing Nichiren Buddhism around the world. He has written and lectured on ways of applying the practical wisdom of Mahayana Buddhism as a philosophy of empowerment and compassion in today's world. He has also published dialogues with more than 70 prominent individuals including Mikhail Gorbachev, Hazel Henderson, Elise Boulding, Joseph Rotblat, Linus Pauling and Arnold Toynbee.