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MasterPeace is an award-winning global grassroots non-profit and non-governmental peace movement, currently existing in more than 40 countries around the world.

MasterPeace was launched in 2011, with the aim to mobilize people around the world to use their talent and energy for peace building and togetherness. Through music, sports, arts and dialogue, MasterPeace will help lead the way to a more sustainable world with less (armed) conflict.

MasterPeace focuses on actively engaging people around the world in peace-building actions. The world has seven billion inhabitants. We view them as seven billion sources of talent and energy. To achieve all that, MasterPeace offers a platform for a large community of Nelsons; social entrepreneurs, volunteers, bloggers, journalists, media, musicians, businesses and active citizens to connect together and support with actions.

By 2013, MasterPeace was awarded by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the ‘innovation in peace building’ award on behalf of the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA).

Read our MasterPeace Vision & Strategy 2020 Here.

MasterPeace Around The World

MasterPeace is currently active in over 40  countries around the world, with regional offices in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Cairo, Egypt and Mexico City, Mexico, through MasterPeace clubs, the on the ground arm of MasterPeace, we are engaging tens of thousands of new peace activists in local peace initiatives and developing a ‘culture of peace’ in order to prevent new armed conflicts.

MasterPeace organizes global and local events, innovative campaigning, events, leadership trainings & capacity building events, to encourage the active involvements of youth from around the world in topics of social change, peacebuilding and community cohesion, aligning up efforts to help contribute to the world’s SDGs goals.

MasterPeace will mobilize, inspire, connect and train 200,000 Nelsons by 2020. They will form a global positive movement that aims to prevent new armed conflict in around 80 countries, including most of the (former) conflict areas, but also within inner cities in the western hemisphere. More Nelsons automatically means less armed conflict and also less lives, houses and economies destroyed by violence. For this reason our call to action is: Be a Nelson.

The MasterPeace movement advocates towards governments and the international community to lower military expenditures and use this money to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s): health, education, environmental care, good governance and jobs. Only this is a truly sustainable way to reduce the rapidly growing number of armed conflict and the number of refugees.

In close collaboration with local and global NGOs, foundations and ‘business-worthy’companies the movement will also develop and implement social entrepreneurial initiatives.

Yearly the UN International Day of Peace (September 21st) will be used by all clubs and teams of MasterPeace –  within the participating countries – to raise more awareness for its works and bring new Nelsons, media and artists on board.

Peace needs more active supporters; more people, organizations, media and companies to stand up and make the need for peace tangible and positive results visible. With our open and inviting activities we will inspire millions of people to create a new global movement of active participants, because peace building is a verb.

The Story


MasterPeace started as an initiative of equally east and west, with it’s award winning two co-founders teaming up after a series of successful work together, social entrepreneurs Ilco van der Linde (The Netherlands) and Mohamed Helmy (Egypt).

Following their 2006 success, where Ilco & Mohamed stood abreast on their stage alongside the Pyramids. Thousands of students attended their Dance4Life event breaking the silence on HIV and Aids through music. This successful East-West collaboration made them hungry for more so they promised to continue working together on involving people for social change.

2009. This ambitious pair had the dream of creating a global movement of peace-builders. Within ten years they aim to inspire millions of people using their talent and energy. They called their journey MasterPeace. Day by day artists, social entrepreneurs and companies jump on board and the dream became reality with grassroots initiatives run by thousands of volunteers. Mohamed and Ilco: “This dream is not our possession. We truly hope you feel invited to become the co-owner of MasterPeace!”

The Team


The MasterPeace Movement is run by our Clubs. Local Nelsons making a change in their own environment. These Nelson are facilitated by highly motivated core team located in Mexico, Egypt and The Netherlands. As well as by an enthusiastic board of renowned professionals from different backgrounds.

The Team