Scott Gilmore

Executive Director,
Peace Dividend Trust

A diplomat and peacekeeper, Scott Gilmore has spent the past 20 years working on post-conflict rehabilitation and international development. Impatient to change the inefficient systems used by the aid industry, he founded Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) in 2004.

PDT is a US-based social enterprise that finds, tests, and implements new ideas for improving aid and peacekeeping. Operating in East Timor, Haiti, and Afghanistan—with plans to expand into Liberia—PDT has redirected over $650 million of international spending into these local economies through the “Peace Dividend Marketplace” project. Among its other work, PDT led groundbreaking work to create the first ever management field manual for peacekeeping missions, which is now official UN doctrine.

In 2009, the Skoll Foundation recognized PDT for its important and transformative work in the developing world. President Obama awarded the organization the G20 prize for Small and Medium Enterprise Finance in November 2010, and in 2011 the World Economic Forum named Mr. Gilmore a Young Global Leader.

Prior to starting PDT, Mr. Gilmore worked as a diplomat and for the UN in various conflict and post-conflict regions, including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and East Timor. Mr. Gilmore sits on the advisory boards of Canada 2020 and the Samara Project. He was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2009, and one of the 25 “Transformative Canadians” in 2010.

Mr. Gilmore earned degrees from the University of Alberta and the London School of Economics.