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Meet the Finalists

We chose 10 finalists to be considered for the 2016 award. Click through their profiles to explore their innovative work. Then, VOTE for your favorite!

Derrick Wanjala

Huduma Jamii

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George Onyango


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Joseph Joute

Tribal Enterprise

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Kwaku Kyei

Recnowa Initiative

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Melissa Kushner

goods for good

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Christine Chingondole

Community Care Project Trust

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Elise Kendall

KinoSol SBC

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Clarissa Uwineza

Environmental Protection & Organics

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Alex Bwaluka

Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development

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Peace Regina Hyde

Aim Higher Africa

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Voting Has Closed

Check back on September 22 for when the three winners are announced!

About the Award

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award, presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, annually awards three cash prizes totalling $100,000 to recognize individual excellence in work to end extreme poverty.

  • First place winner - $50,000
  • Second place winner - $35,000
  • Third place winner - $15,000

Applicants are evaluated based on individual merit in four key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How do you embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • IMPACT: What is your track record of reducing extreme poverty?
  • INNOVATION: How have you brought new thinking to overcoming the challenge of ending extreme poverty?
  • POTENTIAL: How would this award enable you to to scale or improve your work?

Each award winner will receive:

  • The opportunity to participate in the Global Citizen: The World on Stage with the world’s leaders in business, media, technology and culture
  • Two tickets to the 2016 Global Citizen Festival on September 24, 2016
  • A video feature created by Global Citizen to be presented during the Global Citizen Festival
  • Airfare and accommodations in New York for themselves and one (1) guest

Meet the Judges

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Hugh Evans

Global Citizen

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Alex Waislitz

Chairman & Founder
Thorney Investment Group


Marissa Sackler



Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project


Gayle King

CBS This Morning

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The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is presented by: