2018 ThankYou Awardees

The World Childhood Foundation USA’s ThankYou Awards were established in 2015 to recognize outstanding individuals who through their work, and leadership, significantly contribute to advancing the well-being of children and their rights. Learn more about the 2018 ThankYou Awardees and the recipient of this year's special recognition.

Read about our previous awardees here.


Baroness Joanna Shields

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is the CEO of BenevolentAI, a company that applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop new treatments for disease. Previously, she served as the first UK Minister for Internet Safety & Security, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Digital Economy, and Chair and CEO of TechCityUK. Baroness Shields founded WePROTECT, a global alliance to safeguard children from online abuse and exploitation and helped establish the Child Dignity Alliance. Baroness Shields spent over 25 years in corporate leadership positions at Facebook, Google and Aol, among others, and has served as a trustee of Save the Children UK.


Hugh Evans

Hugh Evans is CEO and Co-Founder of advocacy organisation Global Citizen which has raised over $37 billion in financial commitments to eradicate extreme poverty. Hugh is a former Young Australian of the Year, Billboard's 2016 Humanitarian of the year, a member of Forbes 30 Under 30 and one of Fast Company's Most Creative People. 


Special Recognition:
CNN Freedom Project and Tony Maddox

Tony Maddox is executive vice president and managing director of the multi-award winning news channel CNN International, which reaches 373 million households worldwide. In 2015 Maddox was honored by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero for founding and leading the CNN Freedom Project. As the longest-running awareness and investigative campaign on modern slavery on a global news channel, the CNN Freedom Project is among the most successful and highly visible programming initiatives on CNN International. It has led to changed laws and corporate policies, contributed to more than 1,000 survivors receiving assistance and sparked more than $24 million in donations to anti-trafficking organizations.