Steve Killelea, founder and executive chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), delivered the first Rethinking Development Policy talk of the 2015-16 year on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Sanford School of Public Policy. During the talk, “What Can We Learn from Measuring Peace?” Killelea discussed the institute’s Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of national peacefulness.

The institute uses the index and other tools to uncover the relationships between business, peace and prosperity, as well as promote a better understanding of the cultural, economic and political factors that create peace.

Killelea, a high-tech entrepreneur from Australia, founded Integrated Research, a publicly-listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software.

He has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation, one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia.

In 2007, he founded the IEP, an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. The founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.

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