ONE Announces Influential Leadership Network to Accelerate Mission-Driven Resources

WASHINGTON — The ONE Campaign, the global nonprofit organization cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono to fight extreme poverty, is delighted to announce the creation of the new Global Leadership Circle to recognize and engage a diverse group of top financial supporters and champions who share ONE’s deep commitment to helping the world’s poorest. This group of leaders, which include some of the world’s leading philanthropists, foundation and corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, will not only help ONE sustain its ongoing work, but will also provide invaluable expertise and vision to help ONE fight extreme poverty and eradicate preventable disease.

“As a famous rock star once said, ‘Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live,’ ” said Gayle Smith, the chief executive officer of The ONE Campaign. “But in order for ONE to achieve this vision and move us closer to a world without extreme poverty, it will take strong, audacious leadership. That’s why we’re thrilled to launch the ONE Global Leadership Circle. We could not be more grateful for this group of impressive leaders who will offer their ideas, perspectives, and assistance to help ONE advance its life-saving mission in the months and years ahead.”

“We are humbled and honored to work with such a generous and visionary group of supporters who are helping fuel ONE and lending us their brains to be a more effective and modern advocacy organization,” said Bob Pilon, chief development and partnerships officer. “As the demands grow for increased financial resources, partnerships and creativity to achieve our mission, the Global Leadership Circle will play a pivotal role in shaping ONE’s future.”

ONE Global Leadership Circle founding members include:

  • Lynne Benioff (United States)
  • Ryan and Cindy Beedie, Beedie Development (Canada)
  • David Giampaolo, Pi Capital (United Kingdom)
  • Theresia Gouw, Aspect Ventures (United States)
  • Michelle Grogg, Cargill, Incorporated (United States)
  • Alec Litowitz, Magnetar Capital (United States)
  • Angelo Moratti, Saras S.p.A (Italy)
  • André Pienaar, C5 (South Africa)
  • Diane Whitty, JPMorgan Private Bank (United States)
  • Zouera Youssoufou, The Aliko Dangote Foundation (Nigeria)

About the ONE Global Leadership Circle

The ONE Global Leadership Circle (GLC) was initiated by the board of directors to recognize a diverse group of top financial supporters and surrogates of ONE who share the organization’s deep commitment to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. It is also a group that will help shape ONE’s future with ideas, perspectives, and assistance in advancing various elements of our work. ONE is currently seeking like-minded philanthropists who have a deep understanding of advocacy and commitment to promoting civic engagement coupled with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that will help modernize and propel ONE into the future. For more information, please contact Bob Pilon, chief development and partnerships officer, at bob-dot-pilon-at-one-dot-org.

The ONE Campaign is a non-partisan campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 9 million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.