About Us

1.4 billion people on our planet live in extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project seeks to invigorate the global movement to take effective concerted action on poverty through the presentation 1.4 billion reasons.


HUGH EVANS (CEO) is an internationally renowned development advocate.  Hugh founded the Oaktree Foundation and was a leader in the Australian Make Poverty History campaign.  Hugh was named 2004 Young Australian of the Year and 2005 Junior Chambers Young Person of the World. Hugh holds a law and science degree and has completed a Masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, UK.

BOBBY BAILEY (Co-Founder USA and Creative Director) attended USC Film School. He traveled through East Africa and made a film called Invisible Children with a couple of friends. After discovering that kids were not only victims and weapons in the longest running war in Africa, Bobby and his friends developed a movement to help end that war. Their movement helped passed legislation, and in 2010, their bill was signed into law by President Obama. After meeting Hugh Evans, Bobby dove head first into understanding and driving the mobilization of people to the end of extreme poverty.

MICHAEL SCHNEIDER (Movement Producer) has spent the better part of the last five years observing, learning, and implementing strategies from some of the best and most influential leaders in a variety of industries. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministries & Adolescent Studies from Azusa Pacific University, focusing on identifying changes in all elements of popular culture, and the process of adolescent development. He has also worked with non-profits in diverse fields from depression and addiction to healthcare and also international issues such as To Write Love On Her Arms, Rock For Health, and Falling Whistles. He has several years of touring and festival experience with Warped Tour, Coachella, Bamboozle and many more. 


MICHAEL TRAINER (Movement Director) is an educator and social entrepreneur focused on building movements for social impact.  As a Fulbright Scholar he studied community building strategies in Sri Lanka, where he lived and researched for two years.  As a member of the Board of Diectors of Sarvodaya USA Michael worked intimately with the Sri Lanka's largest social movement and NGO, Sarvodaya, serving 11 million people across 15,000 villages.  Since that time he has traveled and worked to build global movements; from creating a comprehensive photography catalogue for Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai’s Greenbelt movement in Kenya, to interviewing and producing a global webcast of President Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Michael has been fortunate enough to travel and work with great visionaries and in support of groundbreaking organizations like Acumen Fund, charity: water, Pencils of Promise, and the Summit Series. A graduate fellow at Columbia University, Michael has a Masters degree in International Development.

SIMON MOSS (General Manager) is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, and is responsible for the project's development education content. He is a campaigning and community education expert. He has contributed on development issues at some of the world's leading conferences including the G20, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. He holds a Masters in Development Studies (Honours), and was previously Chief Operations Officer at the Oaktree Foundation.


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DONNA REDEL (Advisory Board) is an accomplished executive in both the private and public sector. Among her wide-ranging accomplishments of innovative leadership and strategic vision she served as managing director of The World Economic Forum, the foremost global organization combining business, political, academic, and other social leaders committed to improving the state of the world.  Additionally, Ms. Redel has had global responsibility for several distinguished institutions, including being the first woman chair of a U.S. exchange where she completed a historic merger during her tenure.  The focus of Ms. Redel's public service efforts are health, education and promoting women’s leadership.  Ms. Redel serves on the boards of Penn State Smeal, The Alliance at Columbia University, The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and as President of the Lying-In Executive Committee at NY Presbyterian Hospital. She has a J.D. from Fordam University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. from Barnard College.


DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS (Honorary Chairperson) is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe.  A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Deborra-lee has won Best Actress awards and has appeared in many movies, on television and on stage.  Deborra-lee’s humanitarian work for children is a driving force in her life. In 2005, she co-founded the Rafiki Society which assists orphanages in Africa. She is the patron of The Lighthouse Foundation, Bone Marrow Donor Institute, and International Adoption Families of Queensland. In 2007, Deborra-lee founded Orphan Angels a child advocacy foundation improving adoption programs. In recognition of her work, Deborra-lee serves as a World Vision ambassador, was honored at the World Wide Orphans Gala, and was the recipient of the Charity/Community Award for Australia’s In Style magazine.

ANTHONY GORDON is an asset allocator and strategist across the investable universe. Using pure rare independent open architecture and drawing on widespread information and sourcing flow to achieve clarity and efficient opportunities. Anthony has been a leader in sourcing, creating and implementing transformational changes in several ventures. Previously working internationally as a photographer and director in commercial print and production.



This project is inspiring.

Hugh Jackman
Australian actor and Global Advisory Panel Member.

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We're impressed particularly by the very practical approach towards mobilising communities and policy makers around the world so that they can take practical and measureable steps to combat poverty.

Achmat Dangor,
CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

We strongly support this initiative.

Salil Shetty,
Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign