Waislitz Global Citizen Award

2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Award – Apply Now

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers dedicated to ending extreme poverty — applications for 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are open!

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000 that recognize 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.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and its impact across the globe, we are once again inviting applications for the Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award. This award will be given to an extraordinary global citizen who has implemented a specific adaptation or new program that addresses the impacts of COVID-19.

Applications close on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

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 2021 are supported by the leading US and Australian based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast 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.

2021 Global Citizen Winners

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner
Bina Shrestha

Bina Shrestha, the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, was selected for her excellence in all five areas of the award’s evaluation criteria.

Bina founded Build Up Nepal, an organization that helps rural families build homes with environmentally friendly materials and offers entrepreneurial opportunities to people in need for long-term income stability.

Image: Courtesy of Bina Shrestha

Disruptor Award Winner
Tania Rosas

Founded Fundación el Origen (Origin Learning Fund) to not only expand education but make it more effective in helping students learn and adapt to the 21st century. This is achieved, in part, through utilizing digital learning tools so students can become well-versed in digital education.

Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award Winner
Jimmy Pham

His social enterprise Know One Teach One (KOTO) has grown from a small sandwich shop employing teenagers to an organization that provides training in hospitality, life skills, English, and IT literacy, as well as board and welfare support.

COVID-19 Response Award Winner
Dr. Abiodun Adereni

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Abiodun Adereni focused his efforts as the founder and CEO of HelpMum on providing pregnant women in rural areas with the resources they need to make childbirth as safe and sterile as possible.

Past Waislitz Award Winners

2019
2019
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.

2018
2018
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.

2017
2017
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.

2016
2016
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.

2015
2015
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.

2014
2014
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.

Media Gallery

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