Bono

Lead singer, U2
Co-founder, ONE and (RED)

The lead singer of Irish rock band U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin. He met the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton at school, and in 1978 U2 was formed. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 157 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys and the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. In 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Alongside his role in U2, Bono is a groundbreaking activist. A leader in Jubilee 2000’s Drop the Debt campaign, he next took on the fight against HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty, co-founding sister organizations ONE and (RED). With ONE, Bono has lobbied heads of state and legislatures all around the world, helping to ensure the passage of global health and development programs, such as the U.S. PEPFAR AIDS program, that have helped to save tens of millions of lives over the past twenty years. (RED)—which partners with companies to raise public awareness about, and corporate contributions for, the AIDS crisis—has to date generated more than $700 million for the Global Fund to treat and prevent AIDS in Africa. Since 2020, ONE and (RED) have also been fighting COVID-19 and its impact on the developing world.

Bono is also a cofounder of the Rise Fund, a global impact fund investing in entrepreneurial companies driving positive social and environmental change in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Freedom of the City of Dublin (with U2), the Légion d’honneur from the French government, an honorary British knighthood, the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, and TIME magazine’s Person of the Year (along with Bill and Melinda Gates).

More Members of the Board of Directors

Aliko Dangote

President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Industries LTD and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation

Bobby Shriver

Co-founder, ONE and (RED)

Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi

Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute

Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Gayle E. Smith

CEO of ONE *

Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H.

President, Spelman College *

Jamie Drummond

Co-Founder, ONE & Sharing Strategies

Joe Cerrell

Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Europe, Middle East & East Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

John Doerr

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Joshua Bolten

CEO, Business Roundtable *

Kelly Ayotte

Former United States Senator

Kevin Sheekey

Global Head of External Relations, Bloomberg L.P

Lawrence H. Summers

Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

Mimi Alemayehou

Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships, Mastercard Inc.

Morton H. Halperin

Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations *

Professor Alexander Stubb

Director of the School of Transnational Governance

Rt Hon David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Meta and Founder of Lean IN

Susan A. Buffett

Chairwoman, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Tom Freston

Board Chair, ONE, and Principal, Firefly3 *

* also serves on the ONE Action Board.