Philip Wollen

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Philip Wollen with Christine Nixon

Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former vice-president of Citibank and was also a general manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegan[1] following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the animal rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence.[2] At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia.[2] In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [3] and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award.[3][4]

Wollen went to school at the Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore. He lives with his wife Trix and his four dogs in Melbourne, Victoria.

Winsome Constance Kindness Trust[edit]

Philip Wollen's main project, the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, is a global initiative whose mission statement is "to promote kindness towards all other living beings and enshrine it as a recognisable trait in the Australian character and culture".[5] The Trust emphasises ethics, compassion and co-operation, and opposes cruelty to humans and non-human animals. In 2006 the Trust had initiatives in 34 countries and is growing.

Winsome Constance Kindness Medal[edit]

Each year the Winsome Constance Kindness Medal[6] is awarded to an individual who has devoted his or her life to the protection of all living beings.

The award includes a cash prize of USD 25,000.

Recipients of the Kindness Medal have been;

Kindness House[edit]

A Wilderness Society stall in front of Kindness House.

"Kindness House" is one of Philip Wollen's more unusual innovations, an incubator for growing NGO's. Kindness House provides office facilities with modern technology, enabling those within the building to work more efficiently. It is located in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.


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