Michael Switow is an anti-poverty campaigner, freelance writer, producer and editor. He is a co-founder of ONE (SINGAPORE) and has served two terms on the Global Council of the world’s largest anti-poverty coalition, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). He is also a supporter and constituent of the Asia Development Alliance (ADA) and the Feminist Task Force (FTF).
Michael has participated in international Post-2015 stakeholder discussions and lobbied the United Nations, G8 and G20 on development issues. He’s also provided analysis to radio, print and television media covering the summits of these international bodies. In Singapore, Michael has spoken about the campaign to Make Poverty History in schools and in forums – such as those at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and Singapore Management University — and published an article in the Lien Centre’s Social Space about what comes after the Millennium Development Goals. He also writes and edits content for GCAP’s website, newsletter and campaign materials and has produced and voiced two seasons of ONE (SINGAPORE)’s radio series with 938LIVE, “Poverty No More”.
In 2005, Michael started SUPERSEED, a charity that has delivered in-kind donations to communities in need, including refurbished computers to schools in The Philippines and the homes of low-income Singaporeans as well as thousands of new preschool storybooks to reading programmes in Singapore and overseas. With ONE (SINGAPORE) and TWC2, Michael helped launch The Cuff Road Project, a food aid programme for homeless and jobless migrant workers. He’s also worked in homeless shelters in the USA and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African countries of Niger and Gabon.
As a journalist, Michael has covered stories like Hong Kong’s return to China and the Asian Economic Crises. Currently, he is writing about the mobile industry, theme parks and attractions and issues related to the campaign to create The World We Want, among other topics.
Michael earned a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and believes that each and everyone of us can make the world a better place, ONE by ONE . . . by ONE.