Prof. Alexander Schieffer
Alexander Schieffer is, simultaneously, a transformative educator, engaged activist, passionate community builder, integral philosopher, and spiritual poet and performer.
He is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he completed his doctorate on leadership personality, and where he remains a highly engaging lecturer to this day, teaching Integral Development and Self and Societal Transformation. Alexander is also on the faculty of Da Vinci Institute, South Africa, as a Professor for Integral Development.
After working initially in the banking, investment and media industries in Europe, he ran his own publishing company in Singapore, managing a diverse portfolio of publications and clients spread across Asia and Europe. Enriched by these culturally immersive experiences and committed to integrate a fragmented and traumatized world, Alexander then devoted himself wholeheartedly to his passion of turning education and research into vehicles for integral justice, holistic transformation and innovation. His single-minded aim is to support humanity’s transition to an integral, inclusive and just paradigm.
In 2006, together with Professor Ronnie Lessem, Alexander co-founded TRANS4M Academy for Integral Transformation, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with an active, interconnected community of transformative scholar-practitioners spread on all continents. Together, they developed the Integral Worlds approach – an innovative, transcultural framework for individual, organisational and societal transformation. Under their shared leadership, TRANS4M has grown into a local-global movement of integral Transformation Agents who are addressing local injustice and holistically impacting their societies on critical issues: from community development to disaster management; from food security to violence against women; from economic revitalization to corporate social responsibility; from organizational knowledge creation to indigenous healing systems, among others. TRANS4M’s cutting edge programs, processes and interventions, including a global Ph.D. Program on Integral Development, work carefully through individual and collective trauma and generate culturally relevant responses to injustice and burning issues on the ground. Its programs are spread across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Since 2019, Alexander is evolving TRANS4M further into a cohesive community of “worldmakers”, sharing the vision of “co-creating a world that’s a Home for Humanity”. To strengthen this vision, he co-founded, together with his wife and performer-peacebuilder Dr. Rama Mani, “HOME FOR HUMANITY” in rural France near Geneva, that serves as a living home-campus, integral role model and community hub for a growing global community of agents of transformation. Alexander & Rama aspire to catalyse people across all cultures to rediscover the unity embedded in our humanity, to actualize a civilization of inclusion, and to envision and enact an integral future for the indivisible family of life.
Alexander’s applied academic publications include Integral Development, Integral Economics, Transformation Management, and Integral Research and Innovation. His literary publications have appeared in three languages: Firebird (a poetry compilation in English), La Rey Estrella or Star King (a mythical novel published in Portuguese in Brazil) and Niemandsland (a German poetry volume). A passionate believer in the catalytic role of art and culture to heal and renew society, Alexander also offers integral ‘transformances’ – interactive poetry performances and workshops to invite diverse participants to experience the integral and innovate the possible. In 2020, he received the Visionary Leadership award of the Visioneers International Network in Canada. In 2023, he was invited to join the Evolutionary Leaders, a group of global thought leaders from diverse disciplines who come together in synergy to help support a shift in consciousness.
Dr. Rama Mani
Dr. Rama Mani is a transformative performance artist, and an artisan of integral peace, justice and education, who is passionate about nurturing an inclusive and regenerative future for all life on Earth.
Dr. Mani is the Co-Founder of Home for Humanity movement for planetary regeneration, together with Professor Alexander Schieffer, her husband. Both are also co-initiators of the new One Home UnivEARTHsity for regenerative future building, which will be built up country by country, culture by culture, and home by home during the One Home Journey: 2024-2030: Seven Years for Seven Generations.
Prior to the emergence of Home for Humanity movement, Dr. Mani founded the Theatre of Transformation Academy in Geneva, and convened the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative at the University of Oxford, to transform the paradigm of power through the power of art and creativity. She developed the Theatre of Transformation artform and methodology for embodied transformation, based on real-life testimonies of her encounters with grassroots changemakers over her 30+ years’ experience in transformative peacebuilding and justice work across all continents.
Earlier, Rama co-founded Rising Women Rising World with eminent women leaders, Professor Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy, to co-create a world that works for all.
Dr. Mani was formerly Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka. She was the Director of the Global Peace and Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, for senior international decision makers, diplomats and military officers. As Oxfam GB’s Africa Strategy Manager, addressing armed conflicts across Africa. She served the Commission on Global Governance as Senior External Relations Officer and helped prepare the global launch of their report, Our Global Neighbourhood (OUP, 1995) at the UN’s 50th anniversary.
Dr. Mani is a Councillor of World Future Council, a Fellow of the World Academy for Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders’ Circle.
Rama was awarded the Maja Koene International Peace Prize by the Centre for Socio-Cultural Interaction (India, 2023), the Visionary Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award by the Visioneers’ International Network (Canada, 2020), the Excellence in Leadership Award by the Global Thinkers Forum (UK, 2018), and the Peter Becker Peace Prize (Germany, 2013).
She co-edited Pioneering Pathways: from our Destructive Present to a Regenerative Future (2022), with Prof. Schieffer, and Responsibiltiy to Protect: Cultural Perspectives from the Global South (2011), with Prof. T Weiss. She is the author of Beyond Retribution: Seeking Justice in the Shadows of War (2001/2007), and of numerous articles and chapters on transformative peace, justice and culture.
Dr. Mani received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies – Bologna Centre, USA/Italy, and a BA (magna cum laude) in Political Science and French (Honours) from Bryn Mawr College, USA.
She is a French national and an Overseas Citizen of India, where she grew up.