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.