Dr. Leonard Suransky

Dr. Leonard Suransky
Dr. Leonard Suransky

Leonard is the co-founder of the Pax Ludens Foundation and is the organisation’s leading game designer. He heads the International Relations and INGO Social Entrepreneurship Departments at Webster University (Leiden campus). Since the late 1960s, Leonard Suransky has been at the forefront of International Relations simulations and game design. Born and raised in South Africa, he holds a BA from Hebrew University Jerusalem, an MsC in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has lived and taught in the UK, Denmark, the USA, Thailand and South Africa.

Furthermore, Leonard also teaches at the ISHSS program of the University of Amsterdam, Conflict Studies at Utrecht University, and at the University College Utrecht. Apart from developing simulation exercises for students, Leonard has designed simulations for the Foreign Service Institute in Pretoria, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, the Dutch Defense Academy, and several other organizations.


  • 2010 – Knowledge Creation and Transfer in the Military. Mans, Shimshon and Suransky. Jounal for International Negotiation.Vol. 15, no. 2 (2010).
  • 2008 – Baby-sitting or Bird Watching? The Role of Supervision in IR Simulation Exercises. Mans, Shimshon, Suransky and Hilst. In Organizing and Learning through Gaming and Simulation Igor Mayer & Hanneke Mastik (eds.) 2008.
  • 2007 – How to InterACT in Conflict Settings.
  • 1983 – International Relations Games and Simulations.
  • 1980 – The Play of Consciousness and Educational Praxis.