Bob Geldof

Musician and Activist

Bob Geldof is a singer, songwriter, author, and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, and today is widely recognised for his activism, particularly his anti-poverty efforts in Africa.

Known for hits like “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays”, as well as starring in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film Pink Floyd--The Wall, Geldof turned his attention to charity work during the 1984 famine in Ethiopia. He founded a charity called “Band Aid” to raise money for famine relief, and alongside Scottish musician Midge, Geldof organised the charity super-concert, “Live Aid.”

Geldof was knighted in 1986 for his charity work and activism and has been a Counsellor at all One Young World Summits to date : 2010 in London, 2011 in Zurich, 2012 in Pittsburgh, 2013 in Johannesburg, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Bangkok and 2016 in Ottawa.