Founder of ‘The Forgiveness Project’
Marina Cantacuzino is an award-winning journalist who in 2003, in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq, embarked on a personal project collecting stories in words and portraits of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness rather than revenge. As a result Marina founded, The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based not-for-profit that works with the real stories of victims and perpetrators of crime and violence to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. The Forgiveness Project has no religious or political associations.
Marina is also the author of several books including Till Break of Day: Meeting the challenge of HIV and AIDS at London Lighthouse (Heinemann, 1992); The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015); and Forgiveness Is Really Strange, co-authored with psychologist, Dr Masi Noor, (Singing Dragon, 2018). She teaches on the NAOS Diploma on Conflict Resolution and for the Arvon Foundation creative writing courses.
She is an Honorary Fellow at the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion in Oxford, an adviser for CEIA (Centre for Empathy in International Affairs) and on the steering committee for Compassion in Politics, formed in the UK in 2018 to change the face of modern political discourse.