Advance Awards Global Australian of the Year 2021
Advance Awards Social Impact Winner 2021
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.”