“Solving the world’s most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business.”

Ahmad Ashkar, CEO of Hult Prize

The Power of One Idea

In 2009, an enterprising MBA student at Hult International Business School named Ahmad Ashkar had a compelling idea—leverage the crowd to generate startup ideas from young people to sustainably solve the world’s most critical social challenges. Through the help of Hult, he acted on it. Today, the Hult Prize is the world’s biggest engine for the launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from university with over 2500 staff and volunteers around the world. In nearly a decade, the movement has deployed more than $50M of capital into the sector and mobilized more than one million young people to re-think the future of business as it continues to breed disruptive innovation on college and university campuses across 100 plus countries. The Hult Prize Foundation been called the”Nobel Prize for Students” and has been featured in a TIME Magazine Cover Story highlighting the “Top 5 Ideas Changing the World.”

“Sponsored by Hult International Business School, the Hult Prize benefits from the business schools global footprint, research and global resources.”

Stephen Hodges, President of Hult International Business School

The Hult Vision

The Hult family has been dedicated to opening the world through education for more than 50 years.  Since founding EF, Education First, Bertil Hult’s vision has been to provide life changing education and transformative experiences to people everywhere. Today, EF is run by his three oldest sons, and offers cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs in 53 countries.  The Hult Prize is made possible through the ongoing support of the Hult Family.

Our Team

Ahmad Ashkar

Founder & CEO

Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation – named in a TIME Magazine cover story featuring the top five ideas changing the world. The 2017 CEO of the Year by Arabian Business and the 2016 Esquire Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, Ahmad has spent nearly a decade creating, launching and advising for-good, for-profit companies in more than 100 countries.

He is a leading authority in entrepreneurship, innovation, venture philanthropy and endowments, and serves as an advisory board member of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.

Ahmad also serves as an adviser to family offices, religious institutions, private and government sector entities across the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia. A resident of Washington, DC Ahmad serves as an adviser to the economic development department of George Mason University and is a guest lecturer at MIT Sloan, Georgetown, AUB and the Hult International Business School – where he earned his MBA in international business and was the 2015 alumnus of the year.


Dr. Stephen Hodges

President, Hult International Business School

Dr. Stephen Hodges joined Hult International Business School as Chairman of the Board in January 2006 and was elected President in August 2006, bringing with him a strong background in international business. Before coming to Hult, Dr. Hodges ran several large businesses and worked in a number of different countries:

countries: Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the United States as well as his home country, the United Kingdom. A businessman for most of his life, Dr. Hodges is a strong advocate of practical education. Prior to joining the business school, he was the General Manager of Credit Cards for Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. During his time with Standard Chartered, he held a number of other important positions and was heavily involved in several major acquisitions undertaken by the bank.

Dr. Hodges started his career with McKinsey & Company in London, where he was an associate principal. He served a number of financial institutions and technology companies across Europe and Asia, working closely with their senior management. While at McKinsey, Dr. Hodges specialized in establishing new businesses for his clients. He led the creation of several new Internet companies in the United Kingdom as well as a credit card company in Spain.

Dr. Hodges is a British citizen and holds an MA from Cambridge University, a Ph.D from Manchester University, and completed two years of post-doctorate research in electronic engineering in Cambridge. He is the co-author of several patents in data communication.


Philip Hult

Chairman, Hult International Business School
Co-CEO, EF Education First

Philip Hult is the co-chairman of EF Education First, a privately held international education organization founded by his father, Bertil Hult. Together with his younger brother, Alex Hult, Philip Hult oversees the strategy and operations of EF’s 15 business units, which specialize in language training, educational travel,

academic degrees, and cultural exchange. Philip Hult graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1993 with a degree in International Relations and Comparative Literature. Upon graduation, he joined EF where his focus has been on emerging markets and digital learning.

From 2001 to 2006 Philip Hult lived in Hong Kong and subsequently moved to London. He sits on the board of both EF Education First and Hult International Business School.


Edward Hult

CEO, EF Education First North America

Edward Hult is the CEO of EF North America, a division of EF Education First, an education organization founded by his father Bertil Hult. Edward Hult graduated from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2005 with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2007, he graduated from the

University of Cambridge with a Master of Management Science. In 2011, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy PhD. in Management from the University of Cambridge, England. In September 2013, Hult was chosen to be a member of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. The Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award recognizes the brightest young business leaders in Boston who are working to make a positive impact on the city’s business and civic landscapes.

Ahmad Ashkar

Founder & CEO

Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation – named in a TIME Magazine cover story featuring the top five ideas changing the world. The 2016 Esquire Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, Ahmad has spent nearly a decade creating, launching and advising for-good, for-profit companies in more than 100 countries.

He is a leading authority in entrepreneurship, innovation, venture philanthropy and endowments, and serves as an advisory board member of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.

Ahmad also serves as an adviser to family offices, religious institutions, private and government sector entities across the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia. A resident of Washington, DC Ahmad serves as an adviser to the economic development department of George Mason University and is a guest lecturer at MIT Sloan, Georgetown, AUB and the Hult International Business School – where he earned his MBA in international business and was the 2015 alumnus of the year.


Karim Samra

COO

As COO of the Hult Prize foundation, Karim works closely with the CEO to craft the organization’s strategic plan, design and execute education and incubation programs for entrepreneurs, advise startups across stages, manage and run the Hult Prize, and lead development and partnership initiatives globally.

Karim has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial, financial services, and operating experience, spanning multiple geographies. Previously, he helped scale one of Europe’s first B2B e-commerce marketplaces, and founded a seed stage business incubator to promote economic development.

He has worked with senior government officials on building successful public private partnerships while at Booz & Co.; helped evaluate more than $2bn of investments in wind and solar energy projects across the United States at GE Capital; and served as advisor to the COO of Barclays Capital (US) on optimizing the firm’s capital allocation program, where he was appointed to the working group on SRI to help shape and define the firm’s approach to responsible investing.

He regularly advises startups and entrepreneurs; is a contributor to the Huffington Post on entrepreneurship, impact, and innovation; authors research on the intersection between charity and business; and sits on the board of Directors of NanoHealth Technologies, a startup based in India.

He holds a B.A. in History from Boston College, and an M.B.A from NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was a merit based scholarship recipient.


Ayman Arandi

National Program Director

Ayman Arandi is a successful technology entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in designing, launching, and running startups. He established Iris Solutions in 2012, currently the leading provider of interactive sensory technology in the MENA region, with more than 30,000 children and adult users around the world.

Iris has been recognised by Google, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and a number of global heads of states as a 4th industrial revolution start-up. Prior to founding Iris, Ayman worked in telecom, banking, and development sectors.

Ayman also served as a curator of the Ramallah Hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a country chair in Palestine for the Global Dignity Initiative by Prince Haakon of Norway. Currently he is on the advisory board of the Engineering faculty of An-Najah University. Ayman is also a founding member of NEWPal, and a fellow of KAAYIA, YouthActionNet, GES, and GE Programs.

Ayman holds BSc in Computer Engineering from An-Najah University, an MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a diploma in Negotiation from Harvard Law School – Shades Program.


Nelly Andrade

Global Director, Hult Prize On-Campus Program

Over the last 6 years, Nelly has become a sustainable development professional; creative, innovative and proactive individual with a wide background on social and youth development programs, sustainable development, research for social impact, fundraising activities, partnership building and with a strategic

advocacy on women’s economic empowerment. These, helped me develop communication, teamwork, and management skills that I can now easily apply to improve and develop effective programs. As a social leader, impact and sustainability analyst, I have been involved in projects that include high level targeted impact and advocacy in women’s issues, climate change, and youth empowerment for change, planning locally and internationally earning me with an Honorable Mention from the Mexican Federal Government in 2012, the Hult Prize Luminary Award in 2015, a Global Championship with the UN Women movement for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Empower Women in 2015, the Women’s National Prize “Premio Mujer Tec 2015” as well as the nomination to the Classy Awards Fellowship programme 2013 and two other nominations to the Nuevo Leon State Youth Prize in 2012 and 2015.


Priya Sultan

Global Projects Director

Priya Sultan oversees the Hult Prize Regional Director in London and speaks at global events on the core ingredients necessary to launch a social business. Born in Kashmir and raised in the United States, she brings her unique multi-cultural perspectives to her work that has her collaborate with thought leaders in the areas

of social innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide. She is a graduate from the Hult International Business School with a Masters in International Relations and is also a Hult Prize 2010 alumnus. Previously she worked for many years in banking with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Although Priya has a financial background she has always paired her business acumen with non-profit work with organizations such as UNICEF, Greenpeace, Save the Children, and Habitat for Humanity.


Callum Porter-Harris

Global Director of Regionals

Callum is the Global Director for Regionals at the Hult Prize Foundation. Inspired in 2015 by the Hult Prize Foundation, Callum left the world of finance to launch teleStory, an early childhood education Impact App that empowers illiterate parents in India to read bedtime stories to their children, which was recognised at the Clinton Global Initiative and the 2015 Hult Prize Finals.

Callum continued to launched Mandala Group, an Impact App Incubator with programs in China, India and Kenya to further strengthen the mobile for development industry and build what has been named ‘The home for Impact Apps’

In 2017, Callum then turned from former global finalist to global director, with the opportunity to inspire the next generation of social entrepreneurs, just as he had been in 2015. Callum is excited by the power of technology and youth to drive social change, and very happy to be a part of the Hult Prize Foundation.


Toufic Osseiran

Partnerships & Global Development Associate

At the Hult Prize Foundation, Toufic works on all National Programs in 20+ countries around the world. Part of the Partnership Team, he creates partnerships for National Programs and supply all National Directors with the proper toolkit and training to launch the Hult Prize program into their country. Toufic earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in Lebanon and his Master’s in Finance from Hult International Business School.

Hult International Business School

The Hult International Business School (formerly known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is the first global business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai.Hult’s one-year MBA program is ranked in the top 30 in the world by The Economist and number one in international experience by the Financial Times. Learn more by visiting hult.edu.


United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. Learn more by visiting un.org.


EF Education First

EF Education First is an international education company that focuses on language, academics, and cultural experience. Founded in 1965, EF’s mission is opening the world through education. We combine language training with cultural exchange, academic achievement and educational travel to deliver courses and programs that transform dreams into international opportunities. Learn more by visiting ef.com