We are excited to welcome Ann Fudge and Michael Messenger as the Elevate 2016 keynote speakers.
Ann Fudge served as chairman and chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam Brands at WPP Group PLC from May 2003 to December 2006. Prior to that, she served in various leadership positions at Kraft Foods from 1986 to 2001, including president of Beverages, Desserts and Post Divisions, and president of Maxwell House Coffee and Kraft General Foods. From 1977 to 1986, Fudge held a variety of marketing positions at General Mills. Fudge is a director of Unilever NV and Novartis AG. She previously served as a director of General Electric Company, Marriott International, Honeywell International and Infosys Limited. Fudge earned a bachelor's degree in retail management from Simmons College and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. She serves as a trustee of WGBH Public Media, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations. Fudge also serves on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and as Chair of the U.S. Programs Advisory Panel of the Gates Foundation. She previously served on the Simpson-Bowles Commission and the U.S. State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Canada, Michael Messenger is the head of Canada’s leading humanitarian relief, development and advocacy organization. With its Canadian operations based in Mississauga, Ontario, the Christian charity works in more than 100 countries around the world.
Prior to becoming president, Michael was the agency’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for five years, giving oversight to the senior leadership team and to all operations, including sponsorship activities that benefit over 480,000 children, emergency response in a variety of crises, and revenue of more than $415 million.
Michael travels regularly to take part in World Vision’s work around the world. This has included on-the-ground assessment during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and an extended visit to Zimbabwe in 2013 to participate in community development and humanitarian relief programs. He is passionate about child and maternal health issues, community advocacy, and education. He believes strongly in the power of innovation to help bring lasting solutions to poverty.
Michael was born and grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Toronto.