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 the Global Poverty Project, Wei oversees the global expansion of the organisation, beginning from its original base in Australia and now having offices in London, Melbourne, 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.
David Beame, Global Event and Experiences Director
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.
Lizzie Edelman, Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships
Lizzie is responsible for effectively formulating and executing the organization's business development strategy, managing strategic partnerships, and overseeing overall fundraising efforts on a global scale.
Lizzie joined Global Citizen in 2013, and has built the organisation’s Business Development and Strategic Partnerships team from the ground up, playing a significant leadership role in providing long term sustainability and growth. Managing a dynamic and diverse partnerships ecosystem, Lizzie works with several leading global companies and foundations that not only support the organization’s mission, but more importantly have made significant commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals’ framework.
Lizzie has a strong background in sales and fundraising. Lizzie worked as a Deputy Finance Director for Governor Romney’s Presidential 2012 campaign, where she executed all fundraising and campaign finance operations in the Tri-State area, and she began her career at Edelman, sitting in the Corporate & Public Affairs group, where she oversaw large projects such as the opening of the 9/11 Memorial.
Lizzie holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgetown University and currently sits on the board of The Walkabout Foundation, America Needs You and is actively involved with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
Craig Galvin, Chief of Staff
Craig has spent 20 years, on three continents, successfully building digital-first organisations and transforming traditional businesses to embrace a digital future.
A native of Sydney, he founded and built one of Australia’s most successful digital agencies - the White Agency, was one of the founding members of Yahoo in Australia and New Zealand and helped guide News Corp Australia’s digital evolution over a 2 year expansion period.
Craig is passionate about harnessing the power of digital, capturing the new dynamic of how organisations connect, engage and involve the public - using content to build intimate, powerful relationships. Craig is relentless in the pursuit of excellence using creative thinking, strategically applied, to deliver work and organisations that truly stands out and makes a difference.
He is a graduate of the University of Wollongong, and lives in New York City with his wife and four children.
Katie Hill, Global Director 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 of Communications
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.
Michael Sheldrick, Global Director of Policy and Advocacy
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.
Matt Webster, Chief Technology Officer
Matt has had a 20 year career in software. He was a software developer in Tokyo before moving to NYC. He helped build the interactive division of Ogilvy & Mather where he was a partner and Director of Project Engineering. Matt then became CTO of education technology startup Schoolnet, which grew into a industry leader under his leadership. After Schoolnet was sold for $230mm to Pearson, he ran software architecture for all of Pearson’s K-12 software products in the US. Matt graduated from Brown University and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Richard Wolffe, Chief Marketing and Chief Digital Officer
Richard leads the teams that recruit, engage, sustain and activate Global Citizens across platforms and around the world. Those teams range from digital audience development to traditional marketing; from product management to user experience and design; from editorial and video, to email and social media.
Richard joined the Global Citizen team in November 2015 after building and leading the digital business at MSNBC, where he was vice-president and executive editor. There he launched an all-new MSNBC.com, growing its digital audience and revenues more than ten-fold in less than two years, and winning a series of editorial, design and social impact awards.
In addition to his work as a digital media executive, Richard is a best-selling author and journalist, who writes a weekly column for The Guardian. An MSNBC political analyst for more than a decade, Richard previously worked at Newsweek and the Financial Times. He was born and grew up in Birmingham, England, graduated from Oxford University, and now lives in New York.