An anthropology graduate of Cambridge University, Victoria Ball has studied nine languages and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA. An accredited mediator, she has worked with refugees in Syria, and conducted ground-breaking research in Northern Ireland, interviewing women who were members of the IRA in the 1970s and 1980s. Deeply troubled by societal divisions, she undertook postgraduate research in the War Studies department of King’s College London and has addressed a cross-departmental panel at the UK Home Office on issues in conflict ridden countries.
She was invited to deliver a TEDx talk, which she called ‘The Power of Talking.’ She is an adept public speaker, and has delivered talks and workshops to numerous organisations on Widemindedness and cross-cultural communication. Her five-star podcast Widemindedness with Victoria Ball has amassed listeners from every continent and attracted a stellar list of guests including AC Grayling, Jim Al-Khalili, Sophia Money-Coutts, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Tahir Shah, Sean Shibe and Nicky Gumbel.