Philip Wollen

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Philip Wollen
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Born1950 (age 70–71)
Known forAustralian philanthropist, Animal rights activist
Spouse(s)Trix Wollen
WebsiteWinsome Constance Kindness Trust
Australian of the Year (Victoria) – 2007

Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist, environmentalist and animal rights activist. He is a former Vice-President of Citibank and was also General Manager at Citicorp. Wollen is a vegan and funds projects that protect children, animals and the environment.[1] At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the "Brightest and Best" top 40 headhunted executives in Australia.[1] In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia[2] and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award.[2][3] Wollen went to school at the Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore. He delivered The General Thimayya Memorial Lecture Bangalore, India in 2008. He lives with his wife Trix in Melbourne, Victoria.

Winsome Constance Kindness[edit]

Wollen's main project, Winsome Constance Kindness, 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".[4] The initiative emphasises ethics, compassion and co-operation, and opposes cruelty to humans and non-human animals. In 2020 it had initiatives in 40 countries.

Wollen awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal and $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough, UK; Dr Jane Goodall UK; Smt Maneka Gandhi, India; Captain Paul Watson, USA; Professor Dr Reverend Andrew Linzey (Oxford); Dr Jill Robinson (China); Dr Christine Townend (Australia); Professor Dr T Colin Campbell (Cornell); Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden); Sri Pradeep Nath (India); Mr Christopher DeRose, USA; Mr Damien Mander, Zimbabwe; Dr Chinny Krishna, India and others.

Kindness House[edit]

"Kindness House" - an "incubator" for growing NGOs - provides free use of heavily subsidized serviced office facilities to activist groups. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.[5]


  1. ^ a b The Banker Who Gave It All Away: The Age article
  2. ^ a b "Philip Wollen's profile on the Wheeler Centre". Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  3. ^ "National Australia Day Council". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  4. ^ Winsome Constance Kindness Trust homepage
  5. ^ "Kindness House Campus - Winsome Constance Kindness". Retrieved 2019-09-25.

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