Steven O’Brien

Head of Public Relations

Steven is a well-known writer and commentator. He is the editor of The London Magazine (the world’s oldest literary and arts journal, est.1732) and brings a wealth of connections to the board. During his ten years at the magazine, he has transformed the profile of the publication by instituting regular lunches and receptions that act as forums for key literary and political figures to meet and discuss pressing contemporary matters. He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex on discourses of reconciliation. In his current academic role, Steven leads the MA programme in Writing at Portsmouth University. He has published fiction, poetry, essays and memoir. His latest publication Britannic Myths is a work of mythography in collaboration with the artist Joe Machine. He was a Visiting Fellow of Writing at University College Chichester from 2014-2018. He has been active in reconciliation and cultural diplomacy since 2007 and was awarded a Peace Ambassadorship for Iraq in 2015. He has spoken about conflict resolution to Parliamentary committees and also in the Baltic, the Balkans, and the Middle East. He is Chief Political Advisor to the Centre for Issues and Crisis Management. Steven has two Vatican associated roles – Advisor to the Institute of Human Dignity and Trustee of the Vatican Art Treasures. In 2018 he was instrumental in setting up the Kamaliya Foundation which supports orphans in Ukraine. He is Secretary General of the G20 Foundation; in this role Steven continues to create links between politicians, academics, cultural figures and people from the world of finance.

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