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James Brett

James Brett

Founder of Plant for Peace
Country: UK

Keynote speaker James Brett is an inspirational, honest and moving presenter. His life story is full of hardship and yet he has overcome his past and is the founder of Plant for Peace, an initiative to bring sustainable stability to countries crippled by conflict by the creation of horticultural cooperatives.

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James Brett is a speaker for everyone from global leaders to prison inmates. He speaks about his astounding life story which was full of hardship, as well as his great accomplishment, the founding of Plant for Peace. Without exaggerating, it can be said that James Brett has changed lives through his efforts. By hosting 7 tribal Elder gatherings in Afghanistan, James addressed approximately 55,000 tribal elders and thereby convinced the entire farming community of Afghanistan to join his initiative. The concept was simple: the farmers were to stop growing poppies – the source of much of the world’s heroin – and start growing pomegranates and mulberries instead. The fruits of this effort can now be seen in supermarkets in the form of fruit bars, but more importantly, Plant for Peace has impacted the lives of those in need by bringing sustainable stability to a country crippled by conflict.


As a speaker, James Brett is searingly honest, deeply moving, and truly inspirational to all. His is a breath-taking story of recovery, hope, humility and remarkable vision supported by a cast of farmers, academics, multinational food companies, government officials, philanthropists, celebrities, military leaders, royal families and the entire nation of Afghanistan.

    Speaker James Brett Keynote Topics

    • James Brett’s Life Story: a story which includes child abuse by his grandfather, the early tragic death of his mother, his
      subsequent decline into drug addiction, homelessness, prison, betrayal, violence and mental illness.
    • Plants for Peace: bringing sustainable stability to countries crippled by conflict by the creation of horticultural cooperatives.
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