Dr James Smith

United Kingdom

“We should be mindful that it’s easier to hate than to build peace. Hate doesn’t involve compromise. Fear builds war & its the currency of media. We need to encourage leaders in communities who build peace locally.”

James Smith

Dr James Smith is the Founder and Deputy Chair of Aegis Trust. He is the Co-Founder of the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum (1995). As a medical doctor (Leeds 1993) James worked with the International Medical Corps in 1999 in Albania during the Kosovo crisis. He co-founded the Aegis Trust in 2000. In 2004 he worked with survivors and Kigali City Council to establish the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital, at a site where 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi lie buried. It is the base from which the Aegis Trust’s Peace Education Programme has been developed. He is an author, editor and contributor to multiple films and publications on the Holocaust and genocide.