Where rewards for merit are greatest, there are found the best citizens. – Pericles of Athens
The Pericles Foundation is a new London-based think tank with a mission to make innovative scholarship accessible to a broad audience and to deepen its impact.
Open to all, we endeavour to bridge the academic and policy communities; and concurrently reach out to the general public. With an eye on the long view of the lessons of history and trends of the future, our focus is on leadership.
We study leadership and devote our mission to the education of leaders. We believe that passing on the legacy and experiences of past scholars and leaders is an important step in building bridges between generations.
The Pericles Foundation conducts original research and transforms existing knowledge, in three programmes:
- Our original research programme Strategy and Law is focused on the interplay between international strategy, policy processes and the rule of law.
- In the New Talent programme we engage outstanding young scholars and facilitate the transformation of their research, such as their PhD thesis, into accessible editions for a broad audience and catalyse their career.
- In the Translation programme we organise the translation and publication into English of novel and illuminating scholarship.
By increasing the accessibility of innovative scholarship, we nurture effective new leaders and scholars.
With a growing international network of researchers, authors, publishers and institutional partners, we are in a unique position to build bridges across generations, disciplines and continents.
The Pericles Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered in England, Wales and the Netherlands. Our affiliate The Pericles Foundation of America is a registered US charity.
Pericles of Athens was a statesman who led classical Athens into a golden age, strengthening the Athenian democracy, whilst cultivating the arts, philosophy and the sciences. From his life and career at the dawn of Western civilization, we can draw timeless lessons that deepen understanding of our time and our future.
Pericles reflects the core values of democracy, liberty, merit and the cultivation of higher learning. We too, seek to recapture the meaning of excellence across disciplines.
Who We Are
The Pericles Foundation has an Executive Board and a Board of Trustees. Our US affiliate has a separate Board of Directors. Both share a Board of Advisers.
Benjamin Bilski – Executive Director and Co-founder
Reema Kumari Jadeja – Deputy Director and Co-founder
Board of Trustees
Professor Antony Polonsky – Chairman
Nicolas Maclean CMG
Victor Denis Vandervelde
Board of Advisers
Dr. Marshall Bouton – President Emeritus of the Chicago Council for Global Affairs; Managing Director of Hills & Co International Consultants.
Adilia Caravaca – Lawyer, former President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Professor at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Martijn Dadema – Senior Diplomat and Mayor in the Netherlands.
Caroline, Lady Dalmeny – Associate Fellow Royal United Services Institute; Board Member British-American Project; and CEO of Lightning Tree.
Kristin Durant – Former President of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association.
Dr. Richard Gaskins – Proskauer Professor of Law and Social Welfare, Brandeis University.
Jean-Louis Gergorin – Lecturer on Strategy at Sciences Po Paris; Aerospace Industry Consultant; Former Executive Vice President EADS (now Airbus Group); Former Head of Policy Planning of the French Foreign Ministry; Former Member of the Council of IISS.
Professor Eric Heinze, JD, PhD – Professor of Law & Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London, specialised in justice theory and democratic theory.
Dr. Adam B. Jaffe – Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, New Zealand; Former Dean of Arts and Sciences Brandeis University; Fred C. Hecht Professor in Economics, Brandeis University (on leave).
Tod Lindberg – Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Professor Alan McKinnon – Head of Logistics at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg.
Dr. Alan Mendoza – Founder and Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society.
Michael Mosbacher – Managing Editor of Standpoint Magazine and Director of the Social Affairs Unit.
Douglas Murray – Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society.
Raphael Offer – Sofar Sounds Founder; Speaker and Marketing Consultant; Member of the Baskin Foundation; Former Global Marketing Director of Walt Disney, Coca-Cola and Diageo; Lecturer on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London Business School.
Dr. Gregory A. Petsko – Arthur J. Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College; Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society.
Dr. Dagmar Ringe – Harold and Bernice Davis Professor of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease, Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Brandeis University.
Barak Seener – Founder and Executive Director of Strategic Intelligentia.
Professor Brendan Simms – Professor in the History of International Relations at Cambridge University and President of the Project for Democratic Union.
Endy Zemenides – Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council.
Dr. Eric Zimmerman – Academic Secretary, Director of Research and Internationalization at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.