Former Young Australian of the Year Hugh Evans is a passionate advocate and activist for campaigning for an end to poverty. Delivering the 2009 Keith Murdoch Oration at the State Library of Victoria, he explored Australia's growth as a knowledge-based economy, and how the audacity of youth can help overcome extreme poverty.
Hugh Evans started his humanitarian work at age 14, traveling to Philippines as an ambassador for World Vision. He founded Australia's first youth-run aid organization, the Oaktree Foundation. He was actively involved in leading the Australian Make Poverty History campaign. In 2004 he was awarded Young Australian of the Year. He is currently the Director of the Global Poverty Project, as well as undertaking a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University.
Hugh Evans, Director of The Global Poverty Project, is an internationally renowned development advocate. He founded the Oaktree Foundation and was a leader in the Australian Make Poverty History campaign.
Evans 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 is undertaking a Masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, UK.