Tom Oliver grew up in Germany and the USA. His mother was a gallerist at one of the most renowned art galleries in Europe, and his father held the position of highest-ranking government advisor in Germany.

When Tom was 16, he was awarded a full scholarship to famous boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, USA (Alumni as diverse as Michael Douglas, Paul Mellon and US President John F. Kennedy). He was the first foreign exchange student in the history of the school to skip a class because of outstanding academic merit and graduated with honors in English and Maths. He then returned to Germany to complete the German high school graduation.

He was accepted early notice at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA – consistently ranked among the top 5 business schools in the world. Tom then returned to Germany to complete a master´s degree in economics at the University of Cologne.


Founder & Chair The Leadership Circle at the Manchester Business School, UK (the MBS doctoral programme is ranked number one in the world in the FT Business School Rankings for 2012 and 2011 / the MBS MBA is ranked third in the world according to Bloomberg Business Week’s ranking of the world’s best business schools)

Founded by Tom Oliver and set up in close cooperation with the Director of the MBA Program, the Leadership Circle serves to instill best entrepreneurial practices for a new ethical and visionary leadership in the 21st century and highlights the benefits of a multi-discplinary approach to solve global and business problems.

Interview of Tom Oliver at the Manchester Business School:


Tom is the Founder & CEO of the “World Peace Foundation”, “World Peace Festival” and “World Peace Partnership”, non-profit charities registered in Germany, that has been termed one of the most diverse and influential peace organizations and gatherings in the world.

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Tom has been awarded a lifelong seat as a distinguished member in the Committee of the 100 for Tibet:

  •  together with 18 Nobel Laureates including Elie Wiesel, Betty Williams and the Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu,
  •  former heads of state like Dr. Oscar Arias-Sánchez, President Costa Rica, and Vaclav Havel, President Czech Republic, and
  •  leading film producers/directors such as David Lynch and Oliver Stone.


Founded in 1993, the global Club of Budapest is an informal international association dedicated to developing a new way of thinking and a new ethics that will help resolve the social, political, economic, and ecological challenges of the 21st century. Tom is Creatíve Member since 2012.


Tom is also a Singer&Songwriter and pianist.

From famous jazz clubs such as the Mistura Fina in Rio to Festivals in Europe like the c/o Pop to legendary electro music venues like the Space in Ibiza, Nikki beach in St Tropez, or iconic places like the Café del Mar in Spain, Tom´s music and live performances have mesmerized audiences throughout the world.

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