Board

  • 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 bu

    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: Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the United States, as well as his home country, the United Kingdom. As a businessman for most of his life, Dr. Hodges is a strong advocate of practical education.

    He said: “Hult strives to provide an open learning platform that fosters an easy exchange of ideas, intellectual growth and innovation. Our aim is to significantly enhance each student’s career by strengthening their ability to contribute meaningfully to their business and their community.”

    Prior to joining the business school, he was the General Manager of Credit Cards for Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, overseeing a multi-billion dollar portfolio and acting as a major driver of the bank’s profits. 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 establishment 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 a PhD. from Manchester University, and an MA from Cambridge University. He completed two years of post-doctorate research in electronic engineering with AT&T research in Cambridge and is the co-author of several patents in data communication.

    In his spare time, Dr. Hodges is passionate about football and supports Tottenham Hotspur whom he watches whenever he can find the time to be in London.

  • Philip Hult

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

    Philip Hult is the co-CEO of EF Education First, a privately-held international education organization founded by his father Bertil Hult. Together with his brother, Alex, Philip oversees the strategy a

    Philip Hult is the co-CEO of EF Education First, a privately-held international education organization founded by his father Bertil Hult. Together with his brother, Alex, Philip oversees the strategy and operations of EF’s 16 business units, which specialize in language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange.

    Philip graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1993 with a degree in International Relations and Comparative Literature. Upon graduation Philip joined EF, where he has focused primarily on emerging markets and digital learning. He helped to start English First, EF’s chain of English schools which today has over 200 branches in China, Indonesia and Russia. Philip also co-founded EF Englishtown, today the world’s largest online English school, with his college classmate Bill Fisher.

    From 2001 to 2006 Philip worked in Hong Kong, where he led EF’s growth in China and expanded its academic products. During that time, EF China grew from less than 100 employees to more than 5,000. Globally under Philip’s watch, EF started its private high school business as well as acquired what is today known as Hult International Business School. In the last few years, Philip has been instrumental in funding the Hult Prize: a business case competition that crowd sources ideas from top business schools around the world to help solve poverty. This year the Hult family will donate a total of USD 1 million in prize money to three NGO’s: One Laptop per Child, Habitat for Humanity, and SolarAid.

    Philip sits on the board of both EF and Hult International Business School.

  • Ahmad A. Ashkar

    CEO and Founder

    Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation - named by TIME Magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world. Ahmad specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, n

    Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation - named by TIME Magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world. Ahmad specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, new market entry and global expansion.  He is one of the world’s foremost experts in crowd and venture philanthropy.

    Since founding the Hult Prize in 2009, he has led the growth of the initiative into the world’s largest millennial start-up movement for social good with established offices around the globe, hundreds of campus chapters in over 130 countries and strategic partnerships in place with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. He has pioneered an alternative model of giving centered around the development of robust start-up pipelines focused on transforming business minds into change agents for sustainable impact and innovative funding structures. Through the power of the Hult Prize hub and spoke university network, the Hult Prize is able to cultivate and build a whole new era of entrepreneurs that are disrupting at the intersection of doing good and doing well through custom tailored development of businesses which are impact centered, profit minded and market driven. The Hult Prize has been called “the Noble Prize for students” and its portfolio of start-ups includes trailblazers in food security, healthcare, education and clean water.

    Ahmad also serves as an adviser to family offices, private and government sector entities across the Middle East and Latin America, where he consults on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, innovation, crowdscience, social entrepreneurship and endowments. An expert in youth unemployment and crowded urban spaces, Ahmad is a recognized authority in his space and has been profiled as a social innovator by Harvard Business Review and has been distinguished as one of the top CEOs in the Middle East, recently appearing on the cover of the May 2015 issue of Arabian Business.

    He has regularly appeared as a coach and speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and other notable gatherings. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, CCTV, CNN, CNBC, FOX, MBC and other major media outlets world-wide and has been profiled by leading publications in the Americas including, US, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecquador and Mexico, Middle East and across Europe and referred to by Gulf News as “one of the future leaders of the Arab Youth.” in a front page feature.  Most recently, the Boston Globe recognized Ahmad and the Hult Prize as one of the top companies in their annual “Game-Changer” report.

    As a Palestinian-American, Ahmad serves as an independent advisor to the municipality of his hometown of Tulkarm, West Bank, where he is also an active entrepreneur. Ahmad has founded multiple companies, arranged a series of public private partnerships and developed groundbreaking, action and impact based educational programs. He serves as an advisor / board member to several companies across the tech, food, wellness, leisure and hospitality sectors.  He is also a resident adviser to the economic development department of George Mason University and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown and the Hult International Business School – where he earned his MBA in international business and was the 2015 alumnus of the year.

Leadership Team

  • Ahmad A. Ashkar

    CEO and Founder

    Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation - named by TIME Magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world. Ahmad specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, n

    Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation - named by TIME Magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world. Ahmad specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, new market entry and global expansion.  He is one of the world’s foremost experts in crowd and venture philanthropy.

    Since founding the Hult Prize in 2009, he has led the growth of the initiative into the world’s largest millennial start-up movement for social good with established offices around the globe, hundreds of campus chapters in over 130 countries and strategic partnerships in place with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. He has pioneered an alternative model of giving centered around the development of robust start-up pipelines focused on transforming business minds into change agents for sustainable impact and innovative funding structures. Through the power of the Hult Prize hub and spoke university network, the Hult Prize is able to cultivate and build a whole new era of entrepreneurs that are disrupting at the intersection of doing good and doing well through custom tailored development of businesses which are impact centered, profit minded and market driven. The Hult Prize has been called “the Noble Prize for students” and its portfolio of start-ups includes trailblazers in food security, healthcare, education and clean water.

    Ahmad also serves as an adviser to family offices, private and government sector entities across the Middle East and Latin America, where he consults on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, innovation, crowdscience, social entrepreneurship and endowments. An expert in youth unemployment and crowded urban spaces, Ahmad is a recognized authority in his space and has been profiled as a social innovator by Harvard Business Review and has been distinguished as one of the top CEOs in the Middle East, recently appearing on the cover of the May 2015 issue of Arabian Business.

    He has regularly appeared as a coach and speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and other notable gatherings. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, CCTV, CNN, CNBC, FOX, MBC and other major media outlets world-wide and has been profiled by leading publications in the Americas including, US, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecquador and Mexico, Middle East and across Europe and referred to by Gulf News as “one of the future leaders of the Arab Youth.” in a front page feature.  Most recently, the Boston Globe recognized Ahmad and the Hult Prize as one of the top companies in their annual “Game-Changer” report.

    As a Palestinian-American, Ahmad serves as an independent advisor to the municipality of his hometown of Tulkarm, West Bank, where he is also an active entrepreneur. Ahmad has founded multiple companies, arranged a series of public private partnerships and developed groundbreaking, action and impact based educational programs. He serves as an advisor / board member to several companies across the tech, food, wellness, leisure and hospitality sectors.  He is also a resident adviser to the economic development department of George Mason University and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown 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

    Karim has more than 10 years of financial services and operating experience, spanning multiple geographies and both corporate and entrepreneurial practice. He has worked closely with multi-national cor

    Karim has more than 10 years of financial services and operating experience, spanning multiple geographies and both corporate and entrepreneurial practice. He has worked closely with multi-national corporations and family businesses across multiple geographies to optimize their capital structures, acquire/ dispose of assets, raise more than $600m of debt and equity capital, and evaluate more than $2bn of investments in the industrials, healthcare, and energy spaces. He has advised senior level emerging market government officials on strategic opportunities at Booz & Co., underwritten debt and equity investments at GE Capital, helped launch an emerging markets B2B platform, and founded a business incubator/SME focused venture fund in the MENA region seeking to address unemployment through job creation and entrepreneur empowerment.

  • Charlemagne Quinitio

    Executive Director

    Charlemagne Quinitio is responsible for the planning, marketing and execution of the annual Hult Prize competition and events world-wide and oversees the implementation of the Hult Prize Accelerator Pr

    Charlemagne Quinitio is responsible for the planning, marketing and execution of the annual Hult Prize competition and events world-wide and oversees the implementation of the Hult Prize Accelerator Program. Charlemagne is a recognized expert in the architecture, marketing, operations and execution of crowd based initiatives.  A global resident, he has spoken all over the world on the areas of social entrepreneurship and mass collaboration, including being featured on social impact forums hosted by Harvard and MIT.  Prior to joining the Hult Prize, Charlemagne had a career as a change management consultant in the energy sector and a quality systems implementer in the pharmaceutical industry where he refined his expertise in efficiencies and operational excellence.  He currently resides in Shanghai.
  • Priya Sultan

    Regional Director, Europe

    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 Stat

    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.
  • Joshua Rajkumar

    Regional Director, Middle East and Africa

    Joshua Rajkumar oversees the Hult Prize Regional Director in Dubai. He is also the co-founder of The Platform, an innovative social impact consultancy that operates in Dubai focusing on value-driven co

    Joshua Rajkumar oversees the Hult Prize Regional Director in Dubai. He is also the co-founder of The Platform, an innovative social impact consultancy that operates in Dubai focusing on value-driven consumerism and sustainability integration as well as driving a youth initiative to bring the idea of social entrepreneurship to the high-school level. He is a development economics specialist with international experience in the for- and non-profit industries, and is passionate about social enterprise project design, implementation, and scalability. He is experienced in high-level diplomacy in both the public and private sector. He seeks to bridge the gap between the organizational efficiency of the private sector and the mission of social enterprises, specializing in social impact measurement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Journalism from NYU and a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult, and competed in the Hult Prize 2012 winning the London regional finals in the energy track.
  • Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes

    Regional Director, Latin America

    Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes is a Regional Director with the Hult Prize. Her passion for improving the lives of others led her to a career in social entrepreneurship.  Previously, she worked for the Ro

    Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes is a Regional Director with the Hult Prize. Her passion for improving the lives of others led her to a career in social entrepreneurship.  Previously, she worked for the Royal General Consulate of Denmark. She is also the founder of Project Tellus, a social enterprise focused on developing solutions to food insecurity across the world. She loves travelling, reading books and staying under the sun! She currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Leticia holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, from Ibero-American University in São Paulo Brazil and a Master degree in Social Entrepreneurship, from Hult International Business School in London.
  • Kristen Anderson

    Region Director, Atlantic and Case Writer

    Kristen Anderson is the Hult Prize Regional Director, Atlantic Region and an author of the annual President's Challenge Case developed exclusively for the Hult Prize in partnership with President Bill

    Kristen Anderson is the Hult Prize Regional Director, Atlantic Region and an author of the annual President's Challenge Case developed exclusively for the Hult Prize in partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative.

    Kristen has been a part of the Hult Prize team since 2011.  She has designed and implemented the strategic plan for regional events in London, Dubai and Boston and continues to be involved with the development of the program. Her skills include strategic organization and execution, value communication, and analytic, quantitative problem solving.

    Kristen received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics from Pepperdine University. During this time she completed research for the National Science Foundation and the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) on applied linear algebra, publishing results on fixed-point Sinkhorn-Knopp Algorithms for doubly stochastic and preconditioned sparse matrices. Kristen completed her Master in International Business with honors from the Hult International Business School.

  • Amanda Boyek

    Interim Director, Hult Prize@

    Amanda Boyek is the Interim Director of Hult Prize at, the program bringing the Hult Prize competition directly to university campuses all around the world. Amanda is a former Hult

    Amanda Boyek is the Interim Director of Hult Prize at, the program bringing the Hult Prize competition directly to university campuses all around the world. Amanda is a former Hult Prize competitor and the co-founder of Salud2, a social enterprise that enables money senders to streamline a portion of their money transfer directly towards health services for their loved ones​. She received her Master's in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and her Bachelor's in Political Science from Franciscan University​. She has worked with humanitarian agencies like the American Red Cross and Mercy Corps in the past, and hope to find a way to integrate social entrepreneurship and humanitarian work in the future. ​

  • Jonah Brotman

    Head of Business Development, Latin America

    Jonah is the Head of Business Development for the Hult Prize. In this role, Jonah creates and manages partnerships for the Hult Prize. After graduating with a High Honors B.A. from Carleton University

    Jonah is the Head of Business Development for the Hult Prize. In this role, Jonah creates and manages partnerships for the Hult Prize. After graduating with a High Honors B.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Jonah began exploring the world at large. Jonah has driven from London to Mongolia for charity, contracted malaria twice in Ghana, been arrested in refugee camps, worked on disaster relief in Haiti and Peru, backpacked much of the Americas and Southeast Asia, taught English in Korea and can say “hello”, “thank you” and “that’s a crazy price” in more languages than he can count. Upon graduating in 2007, Jonah co-founded Operation Groundswel, a group volunteer travel company committed to “backpacking with a purpose”. Jonah is a 2013 Hult Prize finalist working with his team take SokoText from LSE to pitching at the Clinton Global Initiative annual conference.

    Jonah finished his MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholar.


  • Raj Bordia

    Director, Hult Prize India

    Raj’s journey with Hult Prize started as a global finalist in 2013 and his passion “to make the difference” lead him to become Hult Prize, India Director. He wears a lens of capitalis

    Raj’s journey with Hult Prize started as a global finalist in 2013 and his passion “to make the difference” lead him to become Hult Prize, India Director. He wears a lens of capitalism 3.0 and strongly believes its fundamentals will be pivotal forces in shaping the world.

    He is also working on SMEs and downstream industries development in Middle East and also serves Lemon Ideas, India as director of programs and association. He is MBA graduate from Asian Institute of Management, Philippines and has handled corporate side of renewable energy portfolio for India’s biggest private sector company in past.