Philip Wollen

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Philip Wollen
Philip Wollen 1.jpg
Born1950 (age 67–68)
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Known forAustralian philanthropist, Animal rights activist
Spouse(s)Trix Walden
WebsiteWinsome Constance Kindness Trust
Australian of the Year (Victoria) – 2007
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 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 "Brightest and Best" 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] In 2012 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK. In 2014 he received the University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award . He also received the award "Vegan of the Year 2014". 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 and his four dogs in Melbourne, Victoria.

Winsome Constance Kindness[edit]

Philip 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".[5] The initiative emphasises ethics, compassion and co-operation, and opposes cruelty to humans and non-human animals. In 2006 it 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 $25,000. Recipients of the Kindness Medal have been;

Kindness House[edit]

"Kindness House" is one of Philip Wollen's more unusual innovations, an incubator for growing NGOs. 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.[7]

A Wilderness Society stall in front of Kindness House


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