Acting General Manager
Chris Le Breton is uniquely placed to make a difference at the interface of peace in the world, having been an environmental project officer in the European Commission in Brussels in charge of projects in the former Soviet Union to foster multi-country and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Among his most important achievements was to have persuaded the Governments of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to work together under a Caspian Sea Environment Programme supported by the European Union, United Nations and World Bank. Chris took part in the climate negotiations at Kyoto in 1997 and was also a European Union environmental adviser and capacity-builder on the ground in Belgrade, Serbia. He has lived, worked, and travelled in 97 countries around the world, engaging at all levels, from Government to grassroots, from private sector to not for profit sector.
In 2010-2011 Chris cycled through Australia and Indonesia leading workshops in communities en route, inspiring them to create sustainable, just and thriving communities. Since late 2011 Chris has made his home in New Zealand, based in Dunedin. Last year he visited Ecuador twice at the invitation of indigenous tribal leaders who asked him to help them stay on their ancestral lands in the face of exploitation of the Yasuni forest from oil companies.
Chris joined the Peace Foundation to help organise and run the recent conference World Without War: Action for Peace. Chris has stepped into the role of General Manager to assist the Peace Foundation in its 40th year.