Global Director of Policy and Advocacy for Global Citizen
Michael Sheldrick, originally from Perth Australia, at the age of 28 leads the Global Citizen’s global advocacy work from its New York office. In this role, Sheldrick currently coordinates The End of Polio campaign, which working with Rotary has helped mobilize more than $800 million in support of polio eradication efforts. In this role he works closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank. He led the successful 2011 End of Polio campaign that saw Commonwealth leaders announce $118 million in contributions to the GPEI at the 2011 Perth Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Sheldrick’s campaigning in support of polio eradication has been recognised by numerous awards including 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year, a finalist for 2014 Australian of the Year, listed in The Sunday Times as being amongst Perth’s best & brightest, and being granted a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International. In 2017, he was named as a finalist for Young Commonwealth Person of the Year by Baroness Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, the only Australian finalist out of 16 finalists from 52 countries.
Far from being just the right thing to do, Labor’s announcement is also the smart thing to do. Too often we tend to view aid as a feel-good charitable endeavor, something we do when the times are good and something to be wound back on in harder economic times.
Snipes at sitting Australian Prime Ministers whenever they set foot outside the country are an unfortunate hangover of a by-gone colonial era. Australia does not sit at the top seats of global fora by chance. We deserve to be there by virtue of the fact we are a Top 20 nation.