Mr. William Ury

Mr. William Ury

Co-Founder, CLIMATE PARLIAMENT and Author, Mediator & Co-Founder - Program on Negotiation, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. William is co-author of Getting to Yes, a fifteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author most recently of the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself.

Over the past four decades, Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from boardroom battles to labor strikes to the Cold War and the Middle East conflict. More recently, he served for seven years as a senior advisor to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to help bring an end to one of the last and longest-running wars in the Americas. With President Jimmy Carter, William co-founded the International Negotiation Network, a non-governmental body seeking to end civil wars around the world. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats and military officers around the world.

Ury is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which offers members of congress and parliament around the world an Internet-based forum in which they can learn from one another other about legislative solutions that work and together tackle global problems such as climate change and energy efficiency. The Climate Parliament has connected parliamentarians around the world to bring about a transition to clean renewable energy.