At 14, Australian-born Hugh Evans spent the night in a Manila slum. The harsh realities of his hosts’ lives motivated Evans’ work in challenging the status quo of extreme poverty.
Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador, Evans co-founded the Oaktree Foundation; Australia's first youth-run aid organization. Oaktree’s success under Hugh’s guidance as Director led to Hugh being named Young Australian of the Year (2004).
Hugh then worked to grow the Make Poverty History campaign in Australia, helping to run the 2006 Make Poverty History Concert fronted by U2's Bono and Pearl Jam. The impact of these campaigns were credited with playing a key role in the Australian Government’s decision to double its committed foreign aid budget.
In 2008, with seed funding from the Australian and British governments and the United Nations, Evans launched the Global Poverty Project, becoming a force for action and advocacy in the development world. In 2012, under the GPP mantle, 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, inspiring millions to enter the war against global poverty and help the world realize the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
In 2015 alone, Global Citizens took an incredible 2.3 million actions, helping to secure commitments from governments around the world that are set to affect more than 210 million lives worldwide.
Evans 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