Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea
Chairman & Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace.

Chairman and Founder of Integrated Research Ltd, Steve Killelea has over 30 years experience in the information technology industry. Highly skilled in international marketing, business and product strategy, he has developed two highly profitable global companies with exceptional track records.

Steve’s first company, Software Products, developed and internationally marketed Tandem (now Hewlett Packard NonStop) software products and achieved NASDAQ listing before ultimately being acquired by BMC Software. Steve’s second venture, Integrated Research Ltd, is an Australian publicly-listed company (ASX:IRI) with an 18-year heritage of providing its PROGNOSIS performance monitoring software for business-critical computing and IP telephony environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, Integrated Research built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s largest software companies.

The company’s PROGNOSIS software is used by many of the world’s most well-known organizations in more than 50 countries, including 35 per cent of Global 1000 companies. Customers include the world’s largest bank, telecommunications company, stock exchange, computer hardware manufacturer and internet provider.

During his time at Integrated Research Steve received the following awards:

  • AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year – 1998, 2003
  • Consensus Awards – 2001, 2003, 2006
  • AIIA – Minister’s Award for Excellence – 2003
  • ASOCIO Asian ICT Association Award – 2003

Steve was a board member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for 8 years. He also sat on a number of private company boards and influential government advisory boards including IIBAB, NICTA and the CSIRO.

Alongside his other activities, in 2001 Steve founded Smarter Capital, a venture capital company that specializes in technology investments.

Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established his own private foundation, The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specializes in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia.

Steve regularly visits and is actively involved in the projects he is funding. TCF supports projects that provide sustainable futures for the community such as clean water, tuberculosis eradication, housing, agricultural development and famine relief.

Steve is also the Founder of the Global Peace Index, the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the correlations of peace. With data collected and collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the GPI has sparked a debate in the media and academia all over the world. The Global Peace Index is now considered the benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations.

Steve’s latest initiative, the Institute for Economics and Peace, specializes on the linkages between business, peace and economics. The Institute is an independent not for profit research institute dedicated to empower the academic community, civil society, private sector, international institutions and governments with the knowledge to proactively use peace to achieve their desired goals.

Steve currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring Progress of Societies, and is an International Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Priyadarshini Global Awards for his valuable contributions towards society.


Empowering Citizens
Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Ory Okolloh (Ushahdi), Clare Lockhart (The Institute for State Effectiveness), Steve Killelea (Institute for Economics and Peace)
Clare Lockhart, Steve Killelea, and Ory Okolloh share their experience on the front lines around the world on creating tools and tailored metrics of success, as they bring citizens, organizations and networks bear on making states work better for their people. Read more.
Steve Killelea is the Founder of the Global Peace Index, the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the correlations of peace. The Global Peace Index is now considered the benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations. We’ll discuss with Steve the the linkages between business, peace and economics.
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