Mary Sharpe

Mary Sharpe

Mary Sharpe is the founder of “Sharpe Thinking”, an educational consultancy. She draws on over 25 years’ experience in professional life as an Advocate in Scotland, international civil servant in Brussels, researcher and tutor at the University of Cambridge. She has worked with participants from a diversity of cultures and backgrounds

Following a post-graduate course on sexual love at University of Cambridge in 2001, Mary trained in applied psychology and basic neuroscience. From 2002 -2012 she developed and led workshops on personal leadership for students and staff throughout the university.

Mary also designed and ran a series of international research workshops for the NATO Science for Peace and Security programme and produced three books. The latter includes Global Security, a Vision for the Future. Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities for Research in the Information Age (2011) published by IOS Press, Netherlands, with her chapter “Sex, Drugs and Education”.

She has spoken on the BBC, Channel 4, at the National Library of Scotland and at national and international conferences and festivals. She was a committee member and joint host of the first-ever TEDx Glasgow event in March 2012. She is married and lives in Edinburgh. She has recently set up an educational charity called “The Reward Foundation- Your Brain on Sex and Love”, (www.rewardfoundation.org) to spread knowledge about how to seek natural rewards to improve our lives in the face of competition from the internet.


Mary Sharpe is a:

  • Member of the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish Bar)
  • Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce)
  • Member of the British Neuroscience Association

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