Speaker Lord Michael HASTINGS


Michael Hastings is KPMG International's Global Head of Corporate Citizenship. He was previously the BBC's Head of Public Affairs 1996 to 2003 then the first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 2003 to 2006.

Michael is a non-exec on British Telecom's Committee for Responsible and Sustainable Business and a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. He first represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum 2008 to 2010 and was a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2010 to 2012. In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Diversity and Talent, in 2010 served on the Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation' and in 2011 became a member of the WEF's GAC on the Role of Business. In 2012 he accepted the invitation to become Vice Chairman of the WEF Agenda Council – the Future of Civil Society.

Michael is Chairman of Millennium Promise UK and a member of the global Millennium Promise Board. He is also Vice Chairman of Business in the Community's International Leadership Board.

In 2010 he was a leading advisor to the Chatham House enquiry into the Future Role of the UK in Foreign Affairs. Michael sits on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK and previously on the Centre for Global Development in the USA. In 2011 he became a Vice President of UNICEF and is the Patron of Free the Children UK and the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

In January 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to crime reduction, including 15 years as Chairman of Crime Concern and 21years as a Trustee. He led the merger of Crime Concern with the Rainer Foundation to create Catch 22. He served on the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years as a Commissioner from 1993 to 2001. He is listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain.

In 2005, Michael was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year he also received the UNICEF award from the then UK Chancellor for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa's children'. Michael is President of ZANE - a development aid agency focussed on Zimbabwe.

Michael began his career as a teacher and then moved into Government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain's inner cities. In 1990 he moved to work at TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as Chief Political Correspondent and then the BBC in 1994 as a presenter of the weekly Around Westminster programme before joining the BBC Corporate Affairs division in 1996.

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Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
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United Kingdom