“You can’t turn your emotions off, that would be inhuman. You have to care and you have to let the disturbance, the anger, the grief, motivate you to do something constructive and logical.”
Lowell Sheppard, Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, has extensive experience in crisis and conflict situations. He spoke with Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR Executive Director, at The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2014) in Osaka, Japan.
Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organisation focused on working with the world’s extreme poor in their quest to climb out of poverty. 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 United Kingdom, 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 United Kingdom’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.