Advance Awards 2021: Introducing the Social Impact Award Finalists

Adam Garone

Adam Garone is a big-hearted socially savvy change-maker. He co-founded and led the Movember Foundation from its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne Australia to become a global phenomenon, changing not only the face of men’s health, but the way charities operationalise fundraising. He scaled the Movember charity from an idea to a global cult movement and highly impactful social enterprise. To date, 6 million fundraisers and 18 million donors have joined the Movember movement, that together have raised over $1 billion dollars.  Movember has funded 1,200 men’s health programs in 21 countries, achieving significant breakthroughs in the way prostate and testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated.  Essentially, the Foundation allows us to imagine a future wherein we have effectively cured these cancers and the side effects of treatment are minimised.

Movember also focused on male suicide, the biggest killer of men aged 20-39 eclipsing road deaths, deaths from all cancers and heart disease.  Turning this health crisis around is one of Mr Garone’s ongoing passions by inspiring men to talk about the big issues going on in their life, to stay connected with friends and to seek help when it’s needed.

Mr Garone is today channelling his marketing and commercial genius as the CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, leading the organisation through a transition to build the brand and grow revenue in order to deliver more happiness to children undergoing hospital stays. Mr Garone completed a Master of Marketing at Melbourne Business School, providing him with a grounding in digital platform business models. Additionally, his military experience in the Australian Army combined with the challenges of leading Movember through start up, rapid growth, and global expansion equipped him with a unique perspective on the essential skills it takes to build an extraordinary organisation and a global movement including the importance of leadership, culture, teamwork and change management. In 2016, Movember was awarded Cult Brand of the year, in 2013 Mr Garone was awarded the GQ Australia Man of the Year, in 2009 the Melbourne Business School Outstanding Alumnus Award, and in 2008 Enrst & Young Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year. As CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, Mr Garone is focused on building corporate and philanthropic partnerships that can deliver happiness to seriously ill children.

“Knowing that my work, every day is having a positive impact on so many people.  And that my life’s work is my legacy which I hope will inspire others to build a better future.”

Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer and bonified UK national hero. Ms Robinson has an international practice based at Doughty Street Chambers in London, specialising in human rights, media, public, and international law. Ms Robinson works across a high-profile free speech and freedom of information cases and is the youngest Australian woman to have appeared before the International Court of Justice. She is best known for her work as counsel to Julian Assange and Wikileaks, placing her at the centre of one of the most important and controversial legal cases of the century. Ms Robinson has worked on high profile media law cases in the name of protection of journalists, including advising the New York Times during its investigation of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal and Amber Heard in the various defamation cases brought by Johnny Depp over allegations of domestic violence.  She represented the BBC World Service in relation to the persecution of BBC Persian journalists, the family of Daphen Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist assassinated in a car bomb, and the International Federation of Journalists in relation to the killing of Palestinian journalists by Israel.

Ms Robinson was educated at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes scholar. She has maintained a particular focus on climate justice issues, having successfully represented anti-fracking protesters in challenging sweeping anti-protest injunctions and in the successful legal challenge to have the UK’s fracking policy declared unlawful on climate change grounds. Ms Robinson has spent decades working with activists and political prisoners in West Papua, acting for United Liberation Movement for West Papua and their Nobel Peace Prize nominated leader, Benny Wenda. She has also conducted international human rights missions for the International Bar Association to Syria and Malaysia. Her work to support emerging lawyers from marginalised communities in public interest and human rights law includes five years building the Bertha Justice Initiative, a global human rights program. The program has now invested an estimated USD $50 million in strategic human rights litigation and education in more than 17 countries. In 2021, Ms. Robinson co-founded the Acacia Awards with the Public Education Foundation in Australia, which brings together public school alumni to provide financial support and mentoring to promising public school children across Australia and to create an alternative to private school networks for public school children. The program has grown from 10 to 35 annual scholarships in just the first year and Jen intends to build the program to ensure that there are awards in every school district across Australia.

“The law can be a powerful tool to bring about positive social change. I have seen the possibility of the law to create change and end systemic injustice through my work around the world – and this motivates me every day.”

Leith Greenslade

Leith Greenslade is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and children and founder of JustActions LLC. JustActions works with the world’s leading innovators to advance ten mutually reinforcing, measurable goals with the power to accelerate progress to a more just world rapidly, sustainably and irreversibly. Ms Greenslade states the purpose of her organisation as mobilising humanity’s most precious resources – inventors, scientists, doctors, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, activists, corporate leaders and young people everywhere – to make one or more of the JustActions their life’s work. Ranging from increasing women’s incomes, to preventing early death, to reversing inequality, Just Actions crowd-sources the world’s most talented people to work on the world’s biggest problems. Ms Greenslade’s most recent work includes leading a coalition called Every Breath Counts which is negotiating access to medical oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients in low-resource settings across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Ms Greenslade is a proud member of the Every Woman, Every Child movement, established by the United Nations Secretary-General, and has served as a Vice Chair with the MDG Health Alliance, a network of leaders committed to accelerating the achievement of global health goals. Deeply committed to the power of new ideas, Ms Greenslade has founded two global innovation teams that focus on the health of children and an investment circle that supports female social entrepreneurs working globally. She served on the US Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and in several positions with the Australian Government, including roles with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, the Leader of the Federal Opposition, and the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women. In 2020, she received a Distinguished Fellowship award from the West African Academy of Public Health. Ms Greenslade holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Queensland.

“A child’s quality of life, even whether she lives to turn five, still depends on where she happens to be born. Until that inequality is erased and every child faces the same opportunities to thrive and shape the world, our struggle for justice continues.”