About Us

Our Team

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Hugh Evans,
Co-Founder and CEO

Hugh is an Australian humanitarian and an internationally renowned development advocate.

His passion for poverty eradication was sparked at the age of 14 while on a World Vision trip to the Philippines. The abject poverty Hugh was exposed to led him to begin his work challenging the status quo of extreme poverty. Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador, Hugh 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) and Junior Chamber International Person of the World (2005).

Hugh then worked to grow the Make Poverty History campaign in Australia, helping to run the 2006 Make Poverty History Concert fronted by U2 singer Bono. The impact of these campaigns were credited with playing a key role in the Government’s decision to increase its committed foreign aid budget.

In 2008, with grants from the United Nations, Australian government and British government, Hugh built his impact in the aid and development sector, co-founding the Global Poverty Project (GPP). GPP is an education and advocacy organization committed to increasing the number and effectiveness of individuals taking action to end extreme poverty. In 2010 it helped launch the million dollar, international fundraising campaign Live Below the Line, and in 2011 Global Poverty Project worked alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to execute The End of Polio campaign which leveraged $118 million in funds to eradicate Polio. In August 2012, GPP launched the annual Global Citizen Festival — a free ticketed music event in New York City that coincides with the UN General Assembly meeting in September. Over the last four years, global citizens have taken nearly 3 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty.

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.

Liza Henshaw,
Chief Operating Officer

Liza joined Global Citizen as its first Chief Operations Officer in early 2016. Prior to that she was the COO for Environmental Defense Fund where she held a variety of executive positions including Chief Development Officer and Chief Information Officer over 13 years. She also lead the organization through their 5 year strategic planning processes for over 10 years.

Simon Moss,
Co-Founder and Managing Director - Campaigns

Simon is a campaigning and community education expert who is obsessed with creating ways for global citizens to contribute to ending extreme poverty by 2030. As a Co-Founder of Global Citizen, he has aided the creation and development of the Global Citizen platform and Festival, and overseen the more than 100 campaign victories that the organisation has been a part of.

He holds a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, lives in New York with his wife Rachel.

Wei Soo,
Co-Founder and Managing Director - Legal & New Markets

As a Co-Founder of Global Citizen, Wei oversees the global expansion of the organisation, beginning from its original base in Australia and now having offices in London, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Toronto. He leads the organisation’s global growth plans, and is excited to be working with local partners to explore taking Global Citizen methodology to new markets, particularly in the emerging economies.

In his capacity as General Counsel, Wei oversees the legal affairs of the organisation globally, working with a network of pro-bono legal firms including Aitken Partners; Allen & Overy; Baker & McKenzie; Beame & Mencher; Clifford Chance; Herbert Smith Freehills; Kirkland & Ellis; RNA IP Attorneys; Seyfarth Shaw; Skadden and White & Case.

Wei comes from a background in tax consulting and tax litigation. He has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has considerable experience in social justice related causes, having held senior positions within the Oaktree Foundation.

Wei holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Law from Murdoch University, and is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Amy Agnew,
Europe Director

Amy joined Global Citizen in 2015 based in London. Amy worked for 7 years for Amnesty International where she campaigned against human rights violations in Africa, before moving to Save the Children UK where she was Head of Campaigns on the flagship No Child Born to Die campaign. She has worked extensively in Africa, and lived in Uganda for a year while working for Amnesty International. Amy has an MA in History from Edinburgh University and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Amy is a trustee of the Evelyn Trust, which supports medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire, UK, and is also a trustee of the Holywood Trust, which aims to help young people in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Carolin Albrecht,
Country Manager, Germany

Since joining Global Citizen in 2015, Carolin has headed advocacy and campaigns in Europe and led on the development and execution of Europe’s first Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg ahead of the 2017 G20 Summit. As Country Manager Carolin now oversees Global Citizen’s work in Germany. Before joining Global Citizen, Carolin worked in the global campaigns team at Save the Children International and on the 2012 US elections. In 2013 she spent several months in Tanzania working on solar energy projects in rural areas. Carolin holds a BA in International Law and Politics from London Metropolitan University and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

David Beame,
Vice President, Global Events & Experiences

David oversees all major events for the Global Citizen brand including event and broadcast production of the Global Citizen Festival. The festival is broadcast live on MSNBC and YouTube with highlight programs distributed throughout the world. Past performers include Pearl Jam, Beyonce, JAY-Z, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, No Doubt, Ed Sheeran, Neil Young, and Foo Fighters along with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, and Stephen Colbert, and dignitaries including Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Prime Minister Modi of India.

In addition to his role with Global Citizen, David is also a partner at the entertainment law firm of Beame & Mencher LLP. He has negotiated and structured millions of dollars of entertainment related transactions for clients including international platinum recording artists and songwriters/producers, talent and creators of television programs and motion pictures, and pioneering new media and cutting-edge tech companies.

David is a graduate of New World School of the Arts and received two bachelor of arts degrees from Boston University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Renee Bouwens,
Senior Director, UX, Product and Design

Renee is committed to providing quality, engaging user moments for our Global Citizens. Renee brings experience from the ad agency and finance world including Tribal DDB, Huge, MRM McCann and American Express. She has led a broad array of brands in UX and design including Kia (including the award-winning Kia Niro Chatbot), Tory Burch Foundation, NYX and Amex B2B. Renee oversees the creative brand execution along with the user experience within all of Global Citizen's platforms and is passionate about combining form and function. As a teacher, Renee works to break down user experience problems with collaboration and compassion.

Stephen Brown,
Vice President, Global Partnerships

Stephen manages Global Citizen’s relationships with some of the world's largest brands and media companies, including Comcast NBCUniversal, Live Nation, Gucci, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Google, Coty, HP, Twitter and many others. Stephen’s team builds, creates and executes large-scale brand partnerships across marketing, events, content, actions, advocacy, digital and social. Stephen is originally from the UK and prior his move to the US, was a broadcaster and contributor to the London Live Television network. Before joining Global Citizen, Stephen also worked at the British Labour Party as a Campaign Director, and as a political and digital director at Raw Television for Channel 4. Stephen was also the former Deputy National President at The National Union of Students UK, the world's largest democratic student movement.

Cassie Carothers,
Editor in Chief & Senior Director, Communications

Cassie joined Global Citizen in 2016 to help grow the movement of Global Citizens through the creation of engaging​ articles, videos, and social media content. Since her arrival, she has helped grow page views to the site by 190% while overseeing a team of 14 content creators in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany. She also leads the organization’s strategic messaging initiatives.

Prior to Global Citizen, Cassie led editorial teams at Yahoo News, Martha Stewart, and News Corporation. She started her career as a copy editor at the Dayton Daily News after graduating from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Journalism. Cassie has been giving back since she was in grade school, volunteering at local soup kitchens and going on work projects around the US, a passion she carries with her today.

Katie Farhat,
Senior Director, Corporate Partner Development

Katie is driven by a passion for sustainable, socially conscious brands and the impact they create. Building momentum off diverse experience across marketing disciplines and an insatiable creative streak, she began her career in specialty publishing in the arts, culture and education sector. As publishing became more reliant on digital platforms, Katie made the career shift into marketing technology where she worked with NYC start-ups in the early days of mobile video and social media influencer marketing. Over the years she has had the opportunity to initiate and foster relationships with the world's biggest companies, providing partners with cutting edge and never-been-done technology solutions. Recognizing a pattern of attraction to brands and companies who were "doing the right things", Katie took on a role at Change.org, where she was tasked with developing solutions for corporate support. At Global Citizen, Katie leads corporate partner development and global expansion of capabilities to deepen corporate support for and engagement with the movement.

Katie Hill,
Vice President of Artist & Talent Relations

Katie oversees artist and talent relations at Global Citizen as well as talent booking for GC’s events and programs including the annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. Since joining the team in 2014, Katie has engaged artists and talent not only to perform at GC events, but also to support the organization's advocacy efforts by campaigning world leaders as well as activating their fans to encourage governments to commit funding to help the world’s poorest people. Increased levels of engagement from Rihanna, Usher, Beyonce, Chris Martin, Chelsea Handler, Priyanka Chopra, Pete Wentz and more have helped make a tremendous impact in the movement to end extreme poverty.

Katie has booked artists and hosts for the 2015 & 2016 Global Citizen Festivals as well as Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day. The lineups have included Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Tori Kelly, Common, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy, Mary J Blige, Train and My Morning Jacket. Lead hosts have included Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra and will.i.am.

Katie studied psychology at the University of Minnesota and fashion merchandising management at FIT and holds a bachelor of science degree. Katie worked in the fashion industry for 7 years before moving into event management and talent relations.

Andrew Kirk,
Global Director, Public Relations, Corporate Communications & Scripting

Andrew started his career at Condė Nast Publications in London, working across titles including Vanity Fair, Tatler and GQ in both an editorial and promotional capacity. After moving to the United States in 2007, he switched paths to pursue public relations and has since managed accounts including the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Bloomberg Media and the philanthropic operations of the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

He has worked on the launch of award-winning media brands such as The Daily Beast - under the editorship of former New Yorker editor Tina Brown, and oversaw the 2014 launch campaign of long-time Today show co-host Katie Couric's digital series on Yahoo News.

Andrew has also executed international publicity and marketing campaigns for a number of authors including Barbie Nadeau's profile of the American student Amanda Knox Angel Face, political commentator David Frum on Mitt Romney's 2012 election loss and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee's memoir Mighty Be Our Powers.

Andrew is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews and holds a Masters in Literature.

Mark Lehmann,
Chief Technology Officer

Mark Lehmann serves as CTO at Global Citizen and leads the technology initiatives that enable the Global Citizen core mission to end extreme poverty. He is a global technology executive with an extensive advisory background in the software engineering, business transformation/consolidation and process re-engineering space. He has worked with both large organizations and startups advising from seed through merger/acquisition challenges across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Over the years his professional career has taken him through consulting stints with Wells Fargo, Norfolk Southern, Lowe's, IBM, Mutual of Omaha, Serono Biotech, Manitoba Public Insurance (Canada), SalusAnsvar AB (Sweden), Friends First (Ireland), JPMorgan Chase, RBC (Canada), Marsh McLennan and Barclays (London) among others. He is passionate about using technology to even the playing fields across gender, education and income inequalities.

Caitria Mahoney,
Chief of Staff

Caitria joined Global Citizen as Chief of Staff in 2017, working in the Office of the CEO. Prior to Global Citizen she served as a segment producer on the 11th Hour with Brian Williams at MSNBC. Caitria began her career working on President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign in his Chicago headquarters, and went to work in the White House as a political aide to the President from 2012-2017. At the White House, Caitria worked for the Deputy Senior Advisor and later as a Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director in the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.

Michelle Melendez,
Senior Director, Individual Giving & Philanthropy

Michelle is responsible for cultivating individual donor relationships and philanthropic partnerships that align within the 360 degree nature of Global Citizens campaign and policy objectives. Michelle joined Global Citizen in early 2017 and her current role is informed by her experience working with many of the largest global NGOs. Prior to joining Global Citizen, she was Senior Director of Business Development and a member of the Leadership Team at Change.org. During her 5 year tenure at at Change.org, Michelle was a founding leader and advisor of Change.org's global women's mentorship program -- WHOA (Women Helping Others Achieve) and was a senior leader of the Global Learning & Development Program. Prior to her starting her career in advocacy, Michelle's experience covered the revenue-driving roles at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, luxury menswear and investment banking. Michelle graduated from Bradley University with a focus on Political Science and attended the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. Michelle carries a deep passion for mentorship and vision-mapping for professionals at all stages of their careers.

Sarah Meredith,
Australia Director

Over a period of 13 years, Sarah has advised a number of Australia's Federal and State Government Ministers, including working as a Senior Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Sarah completed Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin University. Sarah was awarded City of Casey's Young Citizen of the Year in 2002, was selected as a member of the Australian Government's National Youth Roundtable and represented Australia at the 'Young People Can Change the World' World Youth Forum in Wales in 2001.

Taara Rangarajan,
Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Programs

Taara runs several of Global Citizen’s key programs including the Curtis Scholarship, Waislitz Award, and the youth advocates program. Previously, Taara served under President Barack Obama at the National Security Council, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and at the White House. Taara most recently served as Advisor to National Security Advisor Ambassador Rice handling foreign policy planning, interagency coordination, and crisis management. She ran Youth Vote for Obama for America in the 2008 bid for the Presidency. Taara currently serves on the board of Recovers.org a disaster relief NGO working to bring technological solutions to improve disaster response. Taara studied political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the American University in Cairo. Taara is originally from Sunnyvale, California.

Michael Sheldrick,
Vice President, Global Policy & Government Affairs

Michael has coordinated several international advocacy campaigns including in support of universal sanitation, access to education and the eradication of polio, which has helped mobilise more than $800 million in support of global polio eradication efforts.

Serving as the organisation's main representative to the United Nations, and intimately involved in the production of the annual Global Citizen Festival, Michael has worked with world leaders, musicians and philanthropists from around the world including Ban Ki-moon, Beyoncé, Usher, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and was instrumental in mobilizing political and public support for the UN's new Global Goals for Sustainable Development - a blueprint that seeks to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Michael's writing on these topics has been published by the Guardian, Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat Magazine, The South China Morning Post, The West Australian, Fairfax Media and he has been interviewed by Sky News, Forbes Magazine, ABC among others. He holds degrees in law and political science from the University of Western Australia, was 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year, and has previously been listed by The Sunday Times as one of WA's 50 Best and Brightest.

Eduard Taube,
Vice President of Finance and Shared Services

Eduard joined Global Citizen as the Director of Finance and Administration in 2014 where he oversees finance, HR, IT, office administration and relative reporting to all stakeholders. He has played a key role in implementing the processes necessary to ensure Global Citizen is in compliance with legal requirements as well as innovative best business practices. Eduard has over 10 years of experience in all areas of non-profit operations. Prior to joining Global Citizen, he managed the accounting department for a micro-finance focused non-profit called Women's World Banking. He holds a dual major bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting from Brooklyn College.

Madge Thomas,
Senior Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs

Madge manages strategic campaigning priorities, campaigners and government relationships across the issues of Gender, Health, Water and Sanitation, Food and Hunger and Education and oversees Global Citizen’s US Policy and Advocacy work. Madge also leads Global Citizen’s education campaigns, including education in emergencies, basic education and girls’ education. Madge is a human rights lawyer by background with over ten years of experience in development, including within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and on the board of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Erin Thompson,
Country Manager, Canada

As Country Manager, Erin oversees Global Citizen’s work in Canada.

Tony Verutti,
Senior Director, Business Development

Tony is an innovative business strategist committed to delivering true value to Global Citizen's corporate partners. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Silicon Valley in management consulting where he led new business growth and alliance strategy for a technology portfolio including Google, Cisco and SalesForce. Tony is focused on driving innovation and creative ideas from theory to proof of concept, identifying go-to-market opportunities and delivering customer success. Tony holds a degree in Political Science from Saint Mary's College of California and holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.