Hugh Evans Profile

  • His vision, passion, and dedication to ending world poverty by 2030 has gained the backing of Stephen Colbert, Hugh Jackman, Beyoncé, Coldplay, and many more prominent figures.

  • He is Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, an advocacy association that has united top NGOs, leading businesses, and millions of individuals in taking on the world's biggest challenges.

  • He is the creator and organizer of the Global Citizen Festival, an annual world class concert that requires attendees to commit anti-poverty actions in exchange for entry.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, Hugh Evans is on a mission to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030. His organization’s flagship event, the Global Citizen Festival recruits millions to the war against poverty, requiring them to commit acts of social activism in return for admission to a world class concert featuring superstar performers such as Beyonce and Coldplay.

    Evans’ crusade for change began at age 14 when his zeal for raising charitable donations earned him the opportunity to take part in a development program in the slums of Manila. His perspective on life was forever altered after completing a home-stay with a boy his age who slept with his entire family on a slab of concrete.

    He continued to participate and lead mission trips throughout his youth. At age 23 he set up the Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s first youth run aid organization with a mission of ‘young people working together to end global poverty.’ Development projects funded by Oaktree have also been established in The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and East Timor, providing educational opportunities to more than 40,000 young people.

    In 2008, Evans founded Global Citizen (launched as the Global Poverty Project), an advocacy organization working in partnership with key NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor. Evans’ vision, passion, and dedication has gained him the backing of Hugh Jackman, Stephen Colbert, and U2’s Bono, while his actionable roadmap to tackling global challenges has rallied millions of Global citizens to action.

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      Hugh Evans’ breakthrough brand of action-oriented humanitarianism has mobilized millions to end extreme poverty, climate change and gender inequality around the world. A riveting speaker and irresistible motivator, Evans’ passion and purpose have captured the attention of heads of state, business leaders, billionaires, and a growing list of influential admirers such as Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill Clinton, Hugh Jackman, Arianna Huffington and Ben Affleck. The annual Global Citizen Festival that Evans founded attracts headliners such as Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran to perform every September in New York’s Central Park, rewarding activist attendees and raising awareness of the organization’s transformational work.

      Evans’ activism began at 14 when the young Australian spent several weeks doing community service in the heart-wrenching slums of Manila. Driven by a mission to end extreme poverty, he went on to volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India and found Australia’s Oaktree Foundation. In 2008, Evans co-founded the Global Poverty Project, giving rise to the Global Citizen online platform and community. Along the way, he was named Young Australian of the Year, made Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, raised millions and earned a master’s in international relations from University of Cambridge. All before he turned 30.

      For Evans, speaking to a broad array of college, corporate and nonprofit audiences is an extension of the world-changing journey that he began at 14. An inspiring humanitarian and innovative social entrepreneur, Evans makes conquering the world’s most daunting global challenges seem achievable and motivates all of us to make a difference in our communities, companies, and around the world.

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    Leader of the international social movement, Global Citizen, Hugh Evans rallies audiences to make history by taking on interrelated challenges like poverty, climate change, and gender inequality. Drawing from over a decade of experience building and sustaining a global social movement, he makes the case that these problems can be solved by human endeavor, existing technologies, and invoking political change.

    In addition to presenting a compelling plan that individuals, governments, and the private sector can join to eliminate poverty and promote social justice, Hugh is the ideal person to discuss the tools and methodologies for sparking and achieving social change.

      Becoming a Citizen of the World

      Expanding upon his main stage TED Talk that created a worldwide sensation, Hugh Evans delivers an impassioned keynote that will energize your worldview and activate your global citizenship. With heart-touching stories and inspiring examples, Evans makes the case that the very future of our planet depends on “global citizens” – those who identify themselves not as members of a state, nation or tribe, but first and foremost, as members of the human race.

      He envisions an army of millions, growing to tens of millions that are “connected, informed and unwilling to take no for an answer” when it comes to ending extreme poverty, climate change and gender inequality. With brilliant storytelling and infectious optimism, Hugh Evans motivates us to embrace the possibilities of the world we share – and join together to change it.

      Other Suggested Topics:

    • The Methodology Behind Social Change
    • Changing the Future of Civic Engagement: Social Media & Technology
    • The Global Poverty Project
    • Promoting Social Justice Through a Knowledge Economy

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    “Hugh is a guy with a passion to do something for others beyond himself. His story of going to India as a 14-year-old really captured me. Hugh’s mix of audio and visual during his presentation really connects with this generation.”

    -President of Kean University

    “As I mentioned on the phone this morning, we are all just walking around patting ourselves on the back for our decision to invite Hugh Evans as our speaker last week. The students LOVED it! He was so easy to work with. It just couldn’t have been better, so thanks again for recommending him—it was a perfect fit for our “Be the Change” Leadership Conference!”

    -Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Amarillo College

    “Hugh did an amazing job. We were all pretty much blown away.”

    – Academics Stand Against Poverty, Yale University

    “Hugh, thank you, thank you, thank you!! You were so inspirational for these students and I don’t think you truly realize the enormous impact you have made on so many of them. Also, such lovely comments from staff and parents! I so look forward to next term (not that I want the holidays to rush past!) and working with some of these students who are so motivated due to your amazing stories and experiences. You have touched their hearts and minds and I am eternally grateful.”
    -Geelong Grammar School

    “Client was really delighted with Hugh, great speaker and gracious guest. Nothing but positive comments from the Boston guests.”

    -Power of Leadership Luncheon

    “I cannot say enough good things about you, Hugh, and your organization! Hugh gave a phenomenal presentation and call to action—our students are already abuzz with ideas of their own – looking for how they can take action. Please know how deeply grateful we are to you for providing a framework upon which to build a campus-wide initiative and an opportunity to provide our newest campus members – our freshman class – a common experience that will shape how they view their time at WCU. As we continue to examine, explore, and engage the topic of extreme poverty over the year, we will all have the incredible opportunity to have a shared point of reference. For that I am deeply grateful because I know it will impact process and outcome – it will empower us all.”

    -University of Western Carolina

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