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.

Applications for the 2024 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are now open! Global Citizen in partnership with the Waislitz Foundation is calling on entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are dedicated to ending extreme poverty to apply. 

This is the 10th year of the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen presenting this award to recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to achieve the global goals. The annual cash prizes total $250,000 – the grand prize is $100,000, with two additional prizes at $75,000 each. 

Apply today! Applications close 3 June 2024 at 13:00 ET. https://glblctzn.co/e/Waislitz2024 

The Waislitz awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen in order to recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000: the grand prize is $100,000, and two additional prizes are $75,000 each. 

In addition to receiving cash prizes, the winners of the Waislitz Global Citizen Awards will be invited to New York City to receive their award and attend the Global Citizen Festival during the week of the UN General Assembly this September. 

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.

2023 Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winners

This year, hundreds of applicants applied for the Waislitz Awards, all with a deep commitment to ending the injustice of poverty and improving the living conditions of people globally. With so many incredible individuals having applied, our team of judges evaluated applicants based on five areas: global citizenship, proof of concept, disruption, scalability, and adaptability.

After months of analysis, we’re excited to announce that three winners have now been selected, receiving cash prizes, along with networking support, which will help them accelerate and scale the impact that they’re already having.

The winners of the 2023 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are the following: Peter Njeri from Kenya as the 2023 Waislitz Global Citizen Grand Award winner; Esther Kimani, also from Kenya, as the Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award winner; and Oluwafunke Adeoye, from Nigeria, as the Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award winner.

The Waislitz Foundation Global Citizen Awards

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 two additional prizes at $75,000 each, for a total of three prizes. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, and supported by the leading US and Australian based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast Ltd. and Unico Capital Holdings. 

“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,” Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation, Alex Waislitz.

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.

2022 Global Citizen Winners

Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner
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Past Waislitz Award Winners

2021
2021

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

2021
2021

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.

2021
2021

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. Jimmy also received a letter of congratulations from the Embassy of Australian Vietnam which can be viewed here.

2021
2021

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.

2016
2016
Elise Kendall
Elise Kendall from KinoSol won in 2016.
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