Alison Hilliard

Alison specialises in ethics and the role of religion in conflict and peace building. Her events’ portfolio also focuses on countering violent extremism, peacebuilding and women, peace and security.

Her recent work includes Inclusive Citizenship Dialogues in the Middle East and the Wilton Park Youth Dialogues, focusing on how young people can become resilient and thriving citizens in a challenging world.

Alison brings over 20 years’ experience of working in the media. She has presented major television and radio programmes for the BBC from ‘Sunday’ to ‘Woman’s Hour’ and was Head of Religion for the BBC World Service.

She has worked and lived as a journalist in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East covering the intersection of religions and politics worldwide reporting from Sarajevo to Belfast, from Beirut to Jerusalem. Alison remained Executive Producer of a weekly ethical and religious discussion programme on BBC Radio 4 and presenter of a podcast on ethical issues until 2019.

From 2007-2015, she worked with The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), an international charity founded by HRH Prince Philip to assist the world’s 11 major faiths to develop key environmental programmes. During this time, Alison was Director of a sustainable agriculture and food security programme in sub Saharan Africa and a global programme on climate change and sustainable futures in pilgrim cities.

Her publications include Many Heavens, One Earth and Living Stones Pilgrimage: with the Christians of the Holy Land.

Alison studied English Literature and Language at Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.