Hugh Evans (humanitarian)

Hugh Evans (born 4 March 1983 in Melbourne , Victoria ) is an Australian humanitarian . Evans is the co-founder and excursions The Oaktree Foundation and the Global Poverty Project . He has RECEIVED domestic and international braces for his work in promoting youth advocacy and volunteerism in order to-reducing extreme poverty in developing countries.


Evans Grew up in Kew , in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and was educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School where, aged 12 years, he participated in World Vision ‘s 40 Hour Famine out of a concern for poverty in developing countries. The volgende year, Evans subsequently won a World Vision-sponsored contest to visit development programs in the Philippines and was moved by his encounters in the slums of Manila . Evans went on exchange to Woodstock School [1] in the Himalayas in India two years later. Recalling his experience from notes in his memoir at the time of his return: [2]

The greatest injustice I witnessed this year happened, not als Comparing the poor of India to the rich or India, but upon Arriving home. I Could not understand why we as Australians are so Determined, even to the point of complaining, to get the latest mobile phone … dan Comparing this to walking through the market of India and seeing a man with no legs, simply a piece of rubber tied to his waist to stop the skin on his pelvis from scraping away … all have Asks for is the equivalent of 20 cents.

A remit trip to the rural valley communities of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa , where he volunteered as a Youth Ambassador with World Vision, saw im return to Melbourne in 2003 moved to bring about social change. [2]

In 2008, Evans graduated with law and science degrees at Monash University .

Youth advocacy

The Oaktree Foundation

In 2003 Evans, together with Nicolas Mackay Agent The Oaktree Foundation, an Australian-based non-government organization dat zorgt aid and development to countries in need across the Asia Pacific and African regions. Oaktree is run by young people aged 16 to 26, over seen by an advisory board, and has since grown JSON an effective vehicle for youth advocacy in Australia Providing for education in developing countries. [2] Evans was the inaugural chief executive officer, standing down in 2008 and Continues with Oaktree in an advisory capacity. [3]

Evans’ early inspiration and support of Oaktree was provided by St. Hillary’s , a large evangelical Anglican parish in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. [4]

The Global Poverty Project

Inspired by Al Gore ‘s successful film An Inconvenient Truth , Evans and Simon Moss Agent the Global Poverty Project, a community education group dat AIMS to increase is awareness of, and action towards fighting extreme poverty. [5] [6] [7] The Global Poverty Project was started in 2008 with a US $ 60.000 grant from the United Nations and an A $ 350.000 grant from AusAid . [8] Included in Evans’ activism for the Global Poverty Project is the Make Poverty History campaign and concerts in Australia. [9]

Awards and other leadership roles

In 2001, Evans was one of sixteen Australian representatives to participate in The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) hero in The Hague , Netherlands; and in 2003, he was Awarded the Young Victorian of the Year . [10] The volgende year, Evans was named as the Young Australian of the Year for his contribution to this club in promoting youth advocacy through the founding of The Oaktree Foundation. [11] [12] [13] [14] In 2004 Evans was ook Awarded the title of an Outstanding Young Persons of the World , one or at young people Recognised annually by the Junior Chamber International . Evans award for humanitarianism and / or voluntary leadership in dat year was shared with Queen Rania of Jordan and Ch’ng Joo Beng or Malaysia. [2]

In 2008, Evans, together with the federal Minister for Youth , Kate Ellis MP , served as co-chair of the 2020 Youth Summit, a precursor to the 2020 Summit . [2]

Evans was named to Who magazine as one of the must beautiful people or 2009. [5]


  1. Jump up^ Russell, Dalia Majumder; Rohini Uppal (2011). “Class of 2001 Jottings” (PDF) . Quadrangle: Woodstock School Alumni Magazine . CIV : 98 . Retrieved 8 April 2014 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Farouque Farah (15 March 2008). “Out to change the world” . The Age . Australia . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  3. Jump up^ Hewitt, Rachel (10 May 2008). “Sowing seeds of change” . Herald Sun . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  4. Jump up^ West, Andrew (29 August 2012). “New CEO for the Oaktree Foundation” (transcript) . Religion and Ethics Report . Australia: ABC Radio National . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b White, Cassie (25 June 2009). “Gen Y not tackles world poverty” . ABC News . Australia . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  6. Jump up^ “Australia to launch global anti-poverty campaign” . The West Australian . AAP. 18 May 2009 . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  7. Jump up^ Rowbotham, Jill (17 September 2008). “Young and ready to change world” . The Australian . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  8. Jump up^ “Global Poverty Project CEO to speak at WCU, kick off campus effort” . Western Carolinian . United States: Western Carolina University. 19 August 2011 . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  9. Jump up^ “Second Hour: Hugh Evans” (MP3 audio) . Sunday Nights . Australia: ABC News. 5 July 2009 . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  10. Jump up^ Khadem, Nassim (2 July 2003). “A man with his mind on the world” . The Age . Australia . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  11. Jump up^ “Young Australian of the Year 2004 ‘ . National Australia Day Council . Retrieved 28 January 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Crabb Annabel (26 January 2004). “Driven by poverty, powered by youth” . The Age . Australia . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  13. Jump up^ “Young Australian of Year” . The Sydney Morning Herald . AAP. 26 January 2004 . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .
  14. Jump up^ Wade, Matt (26 January 2004). “We must all fight for justice, says young winner” . The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 14 October 2012 .