Drawing on his experience working in and writing about, intensely dysfunctional communities the result of war, disaster and extreme poverty, Lowell Sheppard will present a personal perspective on the makeup of conflict and how it can spark transformation in communities experiencing conflict politically, environmentally, socially and generationally. Mr Sheppard will also explain the mission of Hope International as an international development agency which exists to improve the supply of basic human necessities for impoverished people in the developing world through self-help activities, and to challenge, educate and involve Japanese residents regarding development issues and global education.
Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organisation that works to improve the supply of basic human necessities to the world’s extreme poor. Aside from his 25-year involvement with HOPE, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the Chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the UK, and was the founding Chairman of Novimost, a non-government organisation responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans. He was also CEO of one of the UK’s largest youth charities and an executive member of Spring Harvest, an annual Christian festival which attracts more than 60,000 people each Easter, and raises more than one million dollars for charities every year. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests, and life experience. His latest book, Boys Becoming Men, examines the importance of rites of passage, including adventures, for children becoming adults. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and he is a former vice-chairman of the CSR Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Lowell Sheppard was a Featured Speaker at The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2014 (ACSS2014) in Osaka, Japan.