Michael Hastings is KPMG International’s Global Head of 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 Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business at British Telecom. 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 World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. In 2012 he led the WEF Agenda Council – The Future of Civil Society, as Vice Chairman. Given the impact the group has had over the year that led to the launch of the WEF report (The Future of Civil Society) in January 2013, he was invited to lead the Council for the second consecutive year until July 2014.
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.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, and the BBC on the work he has led towards International Development and Corporate Responsibility. Michael was Chairman of Millennium Promise UK until Dec 2014 and remains a member of the global Millennium Promise Board. In 2010 he was a leading advisor to the Chatham House enquiry into the Future Role of the UK in Foreign Affairs. Michael sat 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 Vice President of UNICEF – the UN Children’s and Education Fund …and Vice President of Tear Fund. He is UK Patron to Free the Children and the Taylor Bennett Foundation. In 2015 he became Chairman of www.thekeyise.com, an Africa focussed enterprise investment fund dedicated to children’s welfare.
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 21 years 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 in uential black people in Britain.
Michael began his career as a teacher with a degree in Theology and Sociology 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.