John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has been a Big Brother for over 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach.
John is the author or co-author of ten books. His newest book, Unlikely Brothers, is a dual memoir co-authored with his first little brother in the Big Brother program and is now available in paperback. His previous two books were co-authored with Don Cheadle: Not On Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes.
Under the Enough Project umbrella, John has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns. With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. He helped launch two campaigns under Enough: the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there, and Sudan Now, focused on bringing peace to that embattled country.
John has appeared in four episodes of 60 Minutes, for which the team won an Emmy Award, and helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. John has also traveled to Africa with NBC's Dateline, ABC's Nightline, The PBS NewsHour, CNN's Inside Africa, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and The New York Times Magazine.
He has appeared in several documentaries including: Sand and Sorrow, Darfur Now, 3 Points, and War Child. He also co-produced with Martin Sheen the documentary Staging Hope, which focuses on Northern Uganda. John partnered with Downtown Records and Mercer Street Records to create the compilation album "Raise Hope for Congo," combating sexual violence against women and girls in Congo.
He has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Men's Vogue, Time, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Oprah Magazine, Capitol File, Arrive, Interview, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The Huffington Post recently named John one of its Game Changers during the last year.
During 2011-2012 John is a visiting professor at Albright College, Yale Law School, Temple University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of San Diego, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Mary's College, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has been awarded six honorary doctorates. John is a board member and serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt.
*Biography from www.enoughproject.org.
Founder and Executive Director of The Advocacy Project
Iain Guest is the founder and executive director of The Advocacy Project, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that supports community-based organizations worldwide. Iain has an extensive background working with civil society in countries in
conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1996-1997); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for
the UN, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNHCR. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where he teaches human rights.
Co-founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project
Hugh Evans is an Australian humanitarian and internationally renowned development advocate work speaks to anyone who has ever asked, "What difference can I make?" His resolute belief is that every individual can take meaningful action towards ending extreme poverty within a generation. His work involves creating opportunities for individuals to take action that will have monumental impact.
His journey began in India and South Africa, working with those living in extreme poverty for three years. Upon returning to Australia, he founded The Oaktree Foundation, with a mission to bring young people together to see an end to extreme poverty. Australia's first, and today the world's largest, youth-run aid organization, Oaktree has provided education to more than 40,000 young people around the planet. The foundation also produced the Make Poverty History concert in 2006, fronted by U2's Bono, which mobilized thousands of young people into putting pressure on political leaders, ultimately leading Australia to double its foreign aid budget, releasing $4.3 billion in funds for the world's poor. His achievements as director of Oaktree secured Hugh the Young Australian of the Year award in 2004, and the Junior Chamber International Person of the World in 2005.
Hugh's bold and daring vision has captured the attention of movie stars, business tycoons, and academics alike, from Bono and Hugh Jackman to Jeffrey Sachs and Bill Gates. In 2012, he was listed as part of Forbes magazine's annual "30 Under 30" for social entrepreneurship.
Hugh is now the co-founder and chief operating officer of the Global Poverty Project (GPP), an educational and campaigning organization that activates citizens to be a part of the global movement to end extreme poverty. In 2011, GPP, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leveraged $118 million in new funding for the eradication of polio—a crippling disease that keeps people in developing nations poor.
Hugh has passionately spoken out against extreme poverty at many forums, including the Commonwealth Day Address at Westminster Abbey by invitation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Sir Keith Murdoch Oration in Melbourne, and the Montreal Millennium Summit alongside Al Gore, as well as innumerable international conferences around the world, including presentations in Singapore and Colombia.
Hugh holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, and has completed a Masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge.