10th Awards Ceremony and Gala

United Nations HQ, New York
September 14, 2019

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“Leading a generation to change the world”

Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of The Hult Prize


William J. Clinton

42nd President of the United States of America | Founder and Board 
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William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation, and today, the renamed Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, works to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, through which over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to promote sustainable economic growth and to fight climate change worldwide and in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, more than 3,600 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries. In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today the Clinton Foundation supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti. President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York

Kathleen Rogers

President | Earth Day
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Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network (EDN), spearheading the network into a year-round policy and activist organization. EDN currently has had more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. Kathleen has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on environmental public policy and law. Under her leadership, EDN has played a significant role in advancing the new green economy and has emerged as a dynamic year-round policy and activist organization. EDN now is a global movement, embraces new constituencies—including youth and people of colour—and integrates civic participation into EDN’s programs and activities. Kathleen has received numerous awards for her work. She was named one of 2010’s top working mothers by Working Mother magazine. She has also been featured as “Power Player of the Week” on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Most recently, Rogers was awarded the Luminary Award by Womensphere and the Urban Zen Foundation, given to women who are inspirations in their fields. Rogers is an official voting member of Greenpeace and a board member of The Energy and Resources Institute.

Erika Karp

Founder and CEO | Cornerstone Capital Inc.
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Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. Prior to that, Erika was the Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee. Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street.”

Bashar Masri

Founder | Massar International
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Bashar Masri is the Chairman of Massar International, a company he founded in 1995 to realize his vision for private sector development to serve as the path (“Massar” in Arabic), leading to Palestinian economic development and growth. Today Massar International’s portfolio includes more than 30 companies in the fields of real estate, financial services, journalism, advertising, and information technology. Born and raised in Nablus, Palestine, Bashar is the visionary behind Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city and the largest project ever undertaken in Palestine. The success of Rawabi is a catalyst and inspiration for many bold initiatives, bringing opportunity and progress to the Palestinian economy. Furthermore Bashar launched the first private equity fund dedicated to investment in businesses operating in Palestine. Bashar was recently elected Chairman of the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO), Bashar also serves on numerous boards including the Board of Trustees of An-Najah National University and a member of the Deans’ Council of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government. Bashar graduated from Virginia Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Mohammed Ashour

Co-Founder and CEO | Aspire Food Group
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Mohammed Ashor is the Co-founder and CEO of Aspire Food Group, a vertically-integrated agriculture and food company that addresses global food sustainability by developing the most advanced insect farming technology in the world. Aspire was founded in 2014 after Mohammed led his team to win the largest business prize in the world -- the prestigious US$1 million Hult Prize presented by President Bill Clinton. Prior to co-founding Aspire, Mohammed led the sales and marketing division of the fastest growing startup in Canada’s history. A Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Mohammed is regarded as a leading voice in social enterprise and alternative protein. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Fox Business News, the Economist, Wired, CNET, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. He received the Gifted Citizen award in 2014, a community of talented citizens and social entrepreneurs who join a movement of change and improvement through their projects. Mohammed pursued an MD-MBA dual-degree at McGill University and holds an M.Sc. degree in Neuroscience, McGill University and a B.Sc. degree in Life Sciences, University of Toronto.

Vinicius Pinheiro

Special Representative to the United Nations and Director | International Labour Organization
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Vinicius Pinheiro is the Deputy Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the UN (New York) and Executive Secretary of the Social Protection Interagency Coordination Board since October 2012. He is representing the ILO in the UN discussions related to the post-2015 development agenda, social protection, youth employment and migration. Before, Vinicius served as senior social protection adviser to the ILO Director General in Geneva. From 2009-2013, he was part of the ILO Sherpa G20 Team and acted as Executive Secretary of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group. He was also the focal point for the preparation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and its follow up. Between 2002-2005, he worked in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris and provided consultancy services for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and to the World Bank for projects in Africa and Latin America. From 1999-2002, he was the National Secretary for Social Security of Brazil. In 2001, he was elected Vice-President of the Inter-American Social Security Conference (CISS), based in Mexico City.

Lise Kingo

CEO & Excecutive Director | United Nations Global Compact
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Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Lise was the Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability. Lise has received several awards such as the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion. Lise holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice, a Bachelors of Arts in The Science of Religions, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.

Najeeha “Gia” Farooqi

Co-Founder & CEO | Roshni Rides
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Gia is the CEO & Co-founder of the 2017 Hult Prize winning start-up, Roshni Rides. Roshni Rides is a carpooling platform for commuters in Pakistan. The company’s mission is to bring optimized, safe, and reliable rides to women and children within the region. Gia grew up in New Jersey, USA and graduated from Rutgers University before moving to Pakistan to launch Roshni Rides. She and her team have won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New Jersey and the Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award. An alumni of the Instiute of Women's Leadership at Rutgers University, Gia has a specialized focus on women's issues in emerging markets. Gia is a global speaker where she has spoken on platforms like Tedx and the Momentum Tech Conference. In 2019, Gia and her co-founders we selected as honorees for the Forbes 30 under 30 list Asia in the Enterprise Technology category.

Robert Skinner

Executive Director | United Nations Office for Partnerships
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Robert Skinner is the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, taking up the post in July 2018. In this role, he engages partners for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), manages the UN’s relationship with the UN Foundation, oversees the administration of the UN Democracy Fund, and directs the SDG Advocates and the SDG Strategy Hub. Robert was the Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the United Nations, Robert was the Executive Director in the New York Office of the United Nations Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2006, Robert held several positions in the United States Department of State, including as Deputy Spokesperson at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, and as Public Affairs Officer for the United States Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He also held posts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and San Salvador, El Salvador. Robert was an attorney in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois before starting his diplomatic career. Robert holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oakland University in the United States. He is married and has two children

Vicente Fox Quesada

55th President of Mexico | Mexican Businessman & Politician
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In 1964, he worked as a route supervisor at Coca-Cola Mexico, where he had the opportunity to know the most remote places of the country on board a delivery truck. Due to his performance, he became president of the company for Mexico and Latin America, being the youngest manager of the company. After this experience and with the knowledge acquired, he decided to return to Guanajuato and participate actively in the business, political, social and educational fields, to improve that reality. He was president and founder of the Patronato Casa Cuna Amigo Daniel, an institution where many children receive care and affection; president of the Patronato Loyola; promoter of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Leon campus, as well as the Lux Institute. On July 2, 2000, Mr. Vicente Fox won the presidential election after 71 years of monopoly. As an entrepreneur or as a politician, Vicente Fox Quesada has always sought the common good and equal opportunities, along with his four adopted children, Ana Cristina, Vicente, Paulina and Rodrigo.

The 2019 Challenge

10th Anniversary Challenge: For Us By Us, Youth Unemployment.

Can you build the foundations of a venture that will provide meaningful work for 10,000 youth within the next decade?

Meet The Teams


HEC Paris

Start-up Concept:

ProTeen is an organic waste-to-protein innovation that harnesses the black soldier fly larvae to franchise youth farms across Africa. Today, farmers in Africa struggle to afford quality protein to feed their livestock, forcing them to give up livestock farming altogether. ProTeen offers farmers a cheaper and higher quality protein – we use the black soldier fly insect to process waste into sustainable fertilizer and animal feed. Not only does ProTeen make farming more profitable throughout Africa, but it simultaneously cleans our cities and employs the youth of tomorrow.

LinkedIn: /weareproteen
Instagram: @pro__teen


Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) 

Start-up Concept:

Safewheel provides affordable ambulance service and doorstep medical care to rural families. In rural Bangladesh, there is 1 ambulance for every 88,000 people. We designed a mini ambulance by modifying local Auto rickshaws, which have an average speed of 70 kilometres per hour and a response time of 20 minutes. There is one trained medical assistant for each ambulance to tackle any casualties while we transport. Our vision is to reach every rural doorstep with affordable healthcare.

Linkedin: /safewheel
Facebook: /safewheellimited
Website: safewheel.xyz


Tec de Monterrey

Start-up Concept:

Rutopia is a bilateral platform that allows indigenous tourist cooperatives to create and sell tours online, while allowing travelers to find and live biocultural experiences. We support indigenous community tourism projects to thrive and create a positive impact in their communities. We do this by working with indigenous youth to integrate the services they can offer into an end-to-end, high-quality Bio-Cultural tourism experience. We then ensure that these experiences are communicated effectively, and position them in different online travel marketplaces and we manage their bookings.

Linkedin: /rutopia
Facebook: /RutopiaORG
Instagram: @rutopia
Website: rutopia.com


Birzeit University 

Start-up Concept:

TollabCo connects disconnected Palestinian youth with internships opportunities, empowering the youth to gain the required confidence, experience, and connections to finally to find their path and passion. Shockingly only 1% of youth in the region have internship experience, driving a vicious cycle of lack of experience – lack of job – lack of experience. Tollabco is here to break the cycle.

Facebook: /Tollabco
Instagram: @tollabco
Website: tollabco.com


University Francisco Marroquin

Start-up Concept:

Tunart empowers disconnected youth to become sustainable tuna fisherman across Latin America. Tunart is the closest, and freshest provider of fresh tuna to the Americas and will employ thousands of young fishermen in the tuna industry for the first time. Our decentralized approach is eco friendly, leading to a healthy balance in local tuna populations and limited environmental impact, while disrupting the broken tuna fishing industry and commerce dynamics.

Instagram: @tunart_tunart


University of Waterloo

Start-up Concept:

Phonic is a distributed market research platform. Employers need answers around the world at the snap of their fingers, and Phonic employs a global workforce of youth to make this happen. Phonic enables businesses to understand their customers and iterate their ideas faster, whilst enabling youth to have their voices and demands heard in boardrooms across the globe. Powered by youth, enabled by AI.

Linkedin: /phonic-research
Facebook: /phonicresearch
Website: phonicresearch.com

“The largest student program on earth is about changing the world.”

Bertil Hult, Founder of EF Education First

“We didn’t launch a startup, we just created an industry

Ahmad Ashkar, CEO of Hult Prize

“A brilliant award for a brilliant idea.”

Yves Behar, Award-winning industrial designer and entrepreneur.

Hult Prize By Numbers



Empowered with the tools and mindset to change the world trhough business


Startup Business Ideas Generated

Throughout leveraging our breaktrhough methodology


Man Hours

Per year invested in pitching, judging
and developing entrepreneurs



Commited to changing the world



Comming together to lead a generation to change the world


Judges and Mentors

Improving thousands of ideas



Represented by Hult Prize entrepreneurs


Invested in the impact sector


The 2019 Participants of the Hult Prize

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The 2018 Participants of the Hult Prize

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Roshni Rides

The 2017 Participants of the Hult Prize

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The 2016 Participants of the Hult Prize

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The 2015 Participants of the Hult Prize

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The 2014 Participants of the Hult Prize

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Aspire Foods

The 2013 Participants of the Hult Prize

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