Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott
Michael is the president and chief executive officer of ONE. Prior to joining ONE, Michael Elliott served as editor of TIME International, deputy managing editor of TIME Magazine, and was also a columnist on the global economy for Fortune magazine.

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The quiet emergency

The quiet emergency

By almost any definition, the struggle to educate all the world’s children is an emergency. When 57 million children worldwide (more than half of whom are girls) are not in school, that’s an emergency. When an additional 250 million children drop out of school or are unable to perform basic literacy and numeracy tasks......
In memory of Nelson Mandela

In memory of Nelson Mandela

With the death of Nelson Mandela, we have lost one of the few genuinely world-changing figures of our time. For although seen narrowly, Mandela’s principle achievement – and lifelong goal – was to bring freedom to his own country, his ideals, his language, and the principles for which he stood inspired countless million...
ONE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

ONE Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5, 2013)–ONE President and CEO Michael Elliott released the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela: “Nelson Mandela’s unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that we can make change happen and that the dream of a fair......
Dispatch from Addis Ababa

Dispatch from Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa skyline. Photo credit: Dean Shu, Flickr ONE’s Board has just returned from Ethiopia, where we held our biannual meeting. I’d never been to Africa’s second-most populous nation before, and spent a week fascinated by all that I saw and heard. The progress Ethiopia has made in poverty and health indicators has ......
How can members help ONE’s mission at UNGA 2013? Be a #Factivist.

How can members help ONE’s mission at UNGA 2013? Be a #Factivist.

ONE CEO Michael Elliott briefs ONE members on our activities at the UN General Assembly next week.  Over the course of four days each year in mid-September, New York City plays host to presidents, prime ministers, global activists, business leaders and thousands of influential people from all around the world for the UN Gene......
Portraits of the poor in wealthy Hong Kong show another side of poverty

Portraits of the poor in wealthy Hong Kong show another side of poverty

Record 1. Photo credit: WYNG Finalist Chan Wai Kwong.   Recently, ONE President and CEO Michael Elliott was asked to write the foreword to a catalogue of striking photographs of Hong Kong that were submitted to “Poverty in the Midst of Plenty,” a competition and exhibition by the WYNG Foundation. Michael, who lived in ......
African solutions to African challenges

African solutions to African challenges

In 2008, ONE launched its first call for applications for the newly created ONE Africa Award. Five years later, we have been overwhelmed with the depth of creativity, enthusiasm and innovation coming from the continent; awarding the prize becomes more difficult each year. Through this process, certain applicants have stood ou...

Three New Faces in Our Fight Against Poverty

We had some great news at ONE today, announcing that we have added three new fantastic board members who are leaders in their respective fields and have also played an important role in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease: former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Treasury Secretary La......
ONE praises Obama, Cameron on joint alliance against global poverty

ONE praises Obama, Cameron on joint alliance against global poverty

As the UK Prime Minister David Cameron visits Washington, Michael Elliott, ONE’s President and CEO responds to today’s joint article by the Prime Minister and US President Barack Obama in the Washington Post. In the article they make clear that they “embrace their responsibility as leaders in the development tha......
Required reading in Davos

Required reading in Davos

As the world’s business, political and media elite made their annual trek to the Swiss town of Davos -– blanketed in more snow than I have seen there for a decade -– conventional wisdom had it they should have all the lightheartedness of a gray, winter, Alpine sky. The Eurozone crisis, the difficulty of getting…...