Speakers Bureau

Personal stories of reconciliation and renewal are at the heart of The Forgiveness Project and are central to its aims. The Project has collected over 100 personal stories since its launch, and many people who share their stories are part of our Speaker’s Bureau. Some of these stories make up our acclaimed exhibition, The F Word which has travelled widely and has been staged at over 350 venues worldwide.

We are frequently asked by schools, prisons, conferences and organizations hiring our exhibition for speakers to share their story in person.  Hearing someone speak first hand and being able to ask questions, is the most powerful form of story-telling.

We have speakers all around the world, including:


Our speakers in the UK

Madeleine Black – who was brutally raped as a young teenager - Read her story

Hanneke Coates – a survivor of the Japanese concentration camps – Read her story

Shad Ali – the survivor of a vicious racial attack – Read his story

Kelly Connor – responsible for the death of a woman in a road accident – Read her story

David Rogers – whose son was killed in a random attack – Read his story

Marian Partington – whose  sister was killed by Fred & Rosemary West - Read her story

Richard McCann – whose  mother was the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe – Read his Story

Mary Blewitt – 50 members of Mary’s family were slaughtered in Rwanda Read her story

Salimata Badgi-Knight – who is a victim of female circumcision Read her story

Camilla Carr – who was taken hostage in Chechnya repeatedly raped - Read her story

Mary Foley – whose 15-year-old daughter was murdered through knife crime – Read her story

Jo Berry  – whose father, Sir Anthony Berry, was killed  in the Brighton bomb Read her story

Pat Magee – the former IRA activist responsible for planting the Brighton bomb Read his story

Anne Gallagher – who is a peace worker in Northern Ireland Read her story

Martin Snodden – who is a former UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) paramilitary Read his story

Rosalyn Boyce  - who is a victim of rape - Read her story

Kemal Pervanic – a Bosnian Muslim imprisoned during the Bosnian war - Read his story

Richard Levy – who is a survivor of the  7/7 attacks on London underground - Read his story

Norman Kember – who was taken hostage in Iraq - Read his story

Julie Chimes – was brutally attacked by a stranger - Read her story

Simon Wilson – who was the victim of a hit & run accident - Read his story

Sue Hanisch – who was the victim of an IRA bomb in London - Read her story

Peter Woolf – who is a former career criminal - Read his story

Will Riley – was one of Peter Woolf’s victims and founder of victim organisation Why me?Read his story

Natalia Aggianowhose father murdered her mother Read her story

Barry and Margaret Mizenwhose 16 year old son was murdered in London - Read their story

Mark Hendersontaken hostage in Colombia - Read his story

Tracey Fordwhose son was murdered in South London - Read her story

Elizabeth Turnerwhose husband was killed in 9/11 - Read her story

Geoff Thompsonwho left a life of violence to become a martial arts instructor, teacher and author of over 34 books - Read his story

Margaret Foxleyvictim who underwent a Restorative Justice conference - Read her story

Matthew Jamesvictim who underwent a Restorative Justice conference - Read his story

Kathleen Keyvictim who underwent a Restorative Justice conference - Read her story


Marina Cantacuzino – founder and director The Forgiveness Project


Our speakers in the US

Lynette D. Grace – was attacked and her friend killed by her friend’s son – Read her story

Victoria Ruvolo – sustained life-threatening injuries due to thrill seeking teenagers – Read her story

Andrew Rice.- whose brother was killed when the World Trade Centre collapsed – Read his story

Eva Kor – was a victim of Auschwitz - Read her story

Debbie McLeland – whose son was killed by drunk driver - Read her story

Phyllis Rodriguez – whose son was killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center  attack - Read her story

Aqeela Sherrills – is a former member of LA gang - Read his story

Rebecca DeMauro – whose daughter was brutally murder - Read her story

Bud Welch – whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma bombing - Read his story

Azim Khamisa – whose son was murdered in gun crime by a 14-year-old boy - Read his story

Arno Michaelsformerly a while supremacist now working for Life After Hate - Read his story

Judith ToySeveral members of Judith’s family were murdered in a brutal attack. She is now Zen Buddhist. - Read her story

TJ Leydenformer Neo-Nazi now working to alleviate prejudice - Read his story

Sammy Rangelformer gang member now working to prevent gang violence - Read his story


Our speakers in Canada

Anne Marie Hagan  – whose father was murdered by his next-door neighbour - Read her story

Katy Hutchison – whose husband was killed by a youth - Read her story

Shannon Moroney – whose ex-husband is serving a prison sentence for crimes against women Read her story


Our speakers in South Africa

Ginn Fourie –whose daughter was killed in the Heidelberg Tavern massacre - Read her story

Father Michael Lapsley – was severely injured by a letter bomb sent by the apartheid government Read his story


Our speakers in Israel

Yulie Cohen – was a victim of the 1978 El Al airline terrorist attack, - Read her story

Robi Damelin – whose son was killed by Palestinian sniper; belongs to Parent’s Circle - Read her story


To book a speaker and find out prices contact: info@theforgivenessproject.com