World Peace foundation e.V. (not for profit) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, non-political international acting organization with the aim to systematically initiate and foster processes for worldwide peace building. With support of our global network of partners we have been working with from the start – ranging from the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the UNDPI and the UNDP to NGOs around the world and corporate partners like Virgin Unite or Google – the World Peace foundation combines its own unique and holistic peace-building strategy with global initiatives and the long-standing practical knowledge of renowned peace building experts. The goal of the World Peace foundation is to create global movements that will serve to inspire systemic policy changes for peace and help to prevent and reduce conflicts between people, countries and creeds.

Based on a vision and starting a network from scratch, our Founder and Chairman Tom Oliver created the World Peace Foundation and World Peace Festival, supported by business leaders like Richard Branson and termed “the most influential peace gathering in history” by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu. The Dalai Lama has called the World Peace Foundation “a global community of millions of people who take an active stance for peace”.

The Tom Oliver Group covers 100% of the WPF’s operating expenses.

Contact Us

For general enquiries:
Office of the Chairman:
Rising Angels India Project: Bala Varadarajan
Somalia Clean Water Project: Hassan Ali Isaak
Rising Angels Project Rwanda: Eddy Kalisa
Tools for Peace Project and Educational Initiatives:
Global volunteer network coordinator: Saurabh Matta
Peace Pods project: Lienke Stam

Mailing Address:
World Peace Foundation e.V.
Wuellnerstr. 123
50931 Cologne

The World Peace Foundation e.V. (not for profit) is registered in Cologne, Germany, under the registration number VR 17365 with the German authorities.


We believe that peace starts with the individual. The mission of the World Peace Foundation is to inspire and empower people around the world to be more at peace with themselves, others and the environment. We are creating a global community that is actively working towards peace. One by one and together, we can all make a difference.

We believe that peace building has to be holistic. This is why we combine educational publications, educational initiatives, ongoing educational outreach programs, worldwide initiatives and programs with our partners and global events to have a holistic and systemic impact to reach a critical mass of individual around the globe that will serve as an army of peacemakers.



Founder of the renowned and multi-award winning World Peace Foundation and President of the Global Tom Oliver Group, Tom has worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, financial leaders like the World Bank Group and the family of Warren Buffett, the best global brands from Johnson & Johnson to Coca-Cola and Google, and the world’s most famous business leaders from the president of eBay to Richard Branson.

“Fabulously placed to inspire those around him to learning whole new levels of solutions” (Google HQ Silicon Valley), the World Bank seeks his business advice, the European Parliament, the United Nations, Austria and China invite him to speak to world leaders, and Google invites Tom to coach leadership.

Tom has been awarded lifelong seats in some of the most influential think tanks of our time, together with a wide range of bestselling authors, Nobel Laureates and Heads of State, including The World Business Academy in the US. He has been praised as “a coach to many of the world´s most notable philanthropists, entertainers and CEOs” (McGraw Hill Professional).

Called “an extraordinary leader” by Deepak Chopra, Tom is the author of the global McGraw Hill publication “Nothing Is Impossible” that has been endorsed by business leaders from SAP to Ebay and Google, and self-made billionaires from Africa to the US. Tom is also the co-author of the “Encyclopaedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics”.

Termed “one of the world’s best experts on leadership” (Wharton School of Business), Tom is also a Visiting Professor of Innovation, of Change Management, of Leadership and and of Strategic Human Resource Management. Tom is a world-renowned authority on disruptive innovation and holistic thought leader at some of the best business schools in the world. Tom founded the Global Leadership Circle at Manchester Business School while contributing to its being ranked as one of the top international business programs.

As an award-winning global social entrepreneur, Tom founded the renowned World Peace Foundation and World Peace Festival (WPF), which have been supported by business leaders like Richard Branson, heads of state and numerous Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Tom is dedicated to the concept that business is a catalyst for global social change. The Tom Oliver Group covers 100% of the operating expenses of the World Peace Foundation.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu has called the WPF “the most influential peace gathering in history”.


Erhart Kirfel is a management consultant who owns his own consulting company.. He has been operating in the sector of German and European Public Administration for over 35 years.

For 14 years he was the Head of Financial Controlling for the German Social Democratic Party, the SPD (one of the two major political parties in Germany).

Since the SPD is also one of the 10 biggest media groups in Germany, Erhart´s work not only included the complete financial controlling of the party’s finances and of the budget of the election campaigns, but also the consulting of the SPD Party Headquarters in a wide range of business and strategic issues.

In addition, Erhart was the Chairman of the Board of the Public Administration Section of the Association of German Consulting Companies (“BDU”) for 9 years – the highest position possible in the German consulting industry dealing with Public Administration.. The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) has awarded him the rare international title of “Certified Management Consultant,” a title which only 280 German management consultants have ever been given.

Erhart has also been a top-level speaker for many years invited to lecture at such prestigious events as the European and German Convention of Public Administration, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the German Civil Servants’ Association.. He regularly publishes articles in all key journals and magazines for the public sector.. He has also been frequently interviewed by leading German newspapers such as the “Financial Times Germany,” “Die Süddeutsche Zeitung,” and others.

He has one of the most extensive contacts and networks in the German Public Administration sector ranging from high-ranking government officials on state and national level to personal ties with government secretaries.

He resides in Cologne, Germany, with his wife.

Erhart is the CFO and Co-Founder of the WPF.


Selected recognitions


National Education society of India

The award-winning National Education Society of India awarded Tom the “World Peace Prize” after successful completion of the biggest World Peace Congress for and by students, with over 10.000 students from over 10 countries, members of Parliament and Bollywood actors coming together in Mumbai, India. The milestone event was co-organized and sponsored by Tom´s World Peace Foundation.

Club of Budapest

Tom has been awarded a lifelong seat as a creative member in the Club of Budapest together with Heads of State like Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Laureates including Elie Wiesel, Betty Williams, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, and world-renowned artists like film-maker Milos Forman, musician Peter Gabriel, and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.