William Ury is co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is co-author of the global bestseller Getting to YES and author of The Power of a Positive No. Over the last thirty years, Ury has mediated between quarreling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups around the world. He has also served as a negotiation consultant to governments and dozens of multinational companies.
Ury is co-founder of the e-Parliament (www.e-parl.net), a joint problem-solving forum for effective legislation, connecting members of congress and parliament around the world.
Ury’s most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative (www.abrahampath.org), which seeks to connect cultures step by step through a route of cross-cultural tourism in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham, the unifying figure of monotheism.
Trained as a social anthropologist, Ury holds a B.A. from Yale University with a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.