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Hugh  Evans

Hugh Evans

Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO at Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project


At 14, Australian-born Hugh Evans spent the night in a Manila slum. The harsh realities of his hosts’ lives motivated Evans to challenge the status quo of extreme poverty. Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador, Evans worked on the Make Poverty History campaign and helped stage the Make Poverty History Concert (fronted by Pearl Jam and Bono). Read More >

In 2012, Evans co-founded Global Citizen, and with it, the Global Citizen Festival — a free, ticketed event requiring fans to perform anti-poverty actions in exchange for entry, recruiting millions into the war against global poverty. Over the last 5 years, Global Citizens have taken over 10 million actions...and counting, helping to secure commitments from governments around the world that are set to affect more than 600 million lives. Campaigns run in 2016 alone have seen financial commitments of over $15.6 billion. He has worked with some of the most powerful figures in the world, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with whom he collaborated with to raise funds to fight HIV and AIDS.

He was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012, was named as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014, and received the GQ Man of the Year Award for Chivalry in 2014. In 2015 Hugh was honored as Billboard magazine’s Humanitarian of the Year and just last month received a Clio award for his work marrying music and philanthropy.

Hugh is a graduate of both Monash University and the University of Cambridge, and lives in New York City with his wife Tanyella. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen of the World?

Global Citizen Festival 2015

Engaging Youth in the Fight Against Extreme Poverty

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

One Step Closer: The End of Polio

1.4 Billion Reasons

The Global Poverty Project: How It All Began

Speech Topics

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.


The Methodology Behind Social Change

Changing the Future of Civic Engagement: Social Media & Technology

The Global Poverty Project

Promoting Social Justice Though a Knowledge Economy