Waislitz Global Citizen Award

Empowering Individuals To Meet Their Full Potential

The Waislitz Foundation exists to create a positive social impact locally and globally through innovative projects that empower individuals to meet their full potential and make a measurable difference to the world.

Ending extreme poverty is not a choice, it’s an obligation. My hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need.

Alex Waislitz - Chairman & Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation

The Waislitz Foundation Global Citizen Awards

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totalling $250,000 that recognise the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. The grand prize is $100,000 with three additional prizes at $50,000 each, for a total of four prizes. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, and in 2020 are supported by the leading US and Australian based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast Ltd and global fund management group Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd.

Presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, the awards are supported by leading U.S. and Australian-based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast Ltd, and global funds management group Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd.

2020 Global Citizen Winners

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner
Haroon Yasin

Haroon Yasin, co-founder and CEO of Orenda, an educational tech company that creates content for children.

Image: Saiyna Bashir for Global Citizen

Disruptor Award Winner
Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Founder and CEO of ColdHubs,
Recognized as Waislitz Global Citizen

Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award Winner
Farhad Wajdi

Founder and Executive Director of Ebtakar

Inspiring Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan Organization, Recognized as Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award Winner

COVID-19 Response Award Winner
Muzalema Mwanza

Founder and CEO of Safe Motherhood Alliance, Recognized as Waislitz Global Citizen

Past Waislitz Award Winners

Charlot Magayi

Charlot Magayi founder and CEO of Mukuru Stoves, is an eco-entrepreneur on a mission to eradicate household air pollution in Africa. With over 5 years’ experience in the cookstove industry, Charlot believes in a world where every household is smoke-free and has dedicated her time, skills and knowledge to work towards achieving this dream.

Koketso Moeti

Koketso Moeti saw the potential of cell phones to amplify the voices of poor women and hold government accountable. Working to turn every cell phone into an active citizenship tool, Koketso founded amandla.mobi, a movement of over 200,000 active citizens across South Africa who campaign against poverty.

Wilma Rodrigues

Wilma Rodrigues founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste believes in persistence and practicality. Wilma has had a diverse career path – from being a tour guide and German language translator in the eighties, to a business journalist in the nineties, and for the past 16 years a pioneer in the Waste Management Industry. When not at work, Wilma likes to spend her time planting and nurturing trees, making compost and being around family.

Clarisse Uwineza

Clarisse Uwineza whose Environmental Protection and Organics organization focuses on converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda, said that her project will “help reduce waste and empower farmers to produce more food.” Her BIORGOFERT project converts bio-organic waste into an environmentally friendly and clean fertilizer.

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, won the 2015 prize for his work in making education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda. This includes developing schools but also helping the women - or “grandmothers” as he calls them - who raise these orphans.

Anoop Jain

Anoop Jain the founder of Humanure Power, won the 2014 prize for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities. Anoop believes that building toilets addresses the underlying causes of poverty, which affect broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.

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2019 Waislitz Award Winners

See the winners of the 2019 Waislitz Awards

Qabale Duba Foundation

2019 Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Sanitation & Health Rights In India

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Environmental Protection & Organics

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Saahas Zero Waste, India

2017 Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner