"Solving the world's most pressing challenges is not just the right thing to do, it is also good business"

Ahmad Ashkar
CEO & Founder of Hult Prize
"Solving the world's most pressing challenge is not the right thing to do, it is also a good business"

Ahmad Ashkar
CEO & Founder of Hult Prize
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SOCIAL VENTURE EXECUTIVE

Ahmad Ashkar is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Hult Prize Foundation – named in a TIME Magazine cover story featuring the top five ideas changing the world. He is also the founding CEO of Falafel Inc, a fast growing, venture backed social enterprise which feeds and empowers refugees around the world. Mr. Ashkar's startups, learning programs and companies have been recognized as some of the most impactful and innovative in the world. In 2018, the Hult Foundation was selected as, “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” as awarded by Fast Company and in 2019, Ashkar was selected to the 2019 Gulf Business "Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs" power ranking while Falafel Inc was selected as one of the city’s top new restaurants by Yelp and Buzz Feed.

Ahmad Ashkar is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Hult Prize Foundation – named in a TIME Magazine cover story featuring the top five ideas changing the world. He is also the founding CEO of Falafel Inc, a fast growing, venture backed social enterprise which feeds and empowers refugees around the world. Mr. Ashkar's startups, learning programs and companies have been recognized as some of the most impactful and innovative in the world. In 2018, the Hult Foundation was selected as, “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” as awarded by Fast Company and in 2019, Ashkar was selected to the 2019 Gulf Business "Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs" power ranking while Falafel Inc was selected as one of the city’s top new restaurants by Yelp and Buzz Feed.


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EXPERIENCE

CEO & Founder

Hult Prize Foundation

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social enterprise named by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine as one of the top five ideas changing the world. The initiatives that make up the work of the Hult Prize Foundation are all dedicated to launching the next wave of social entrepreneurs through building custom tailored start-ups which are impact centered and profit minded. In partnership with President Clinton and the United Nations (formerly the Clinton Global Initiative) the Hult Prize has created the world’s largest student movement for social impact and the world’s largest crowdsourcing platform, dedicated to solving the most pressing social challenges on the planet.

Founder

falafel Inc.

Falafel Inc is the #1 New Restaurant in the DC, Metro and among the top in America as rated by Yelp and Buzzfeed. It is the world’s first falafel quick-service food social enterprise. The company serves up authentic falafel, hummus, bowls and sides. Every meal you buy helps feed refugees around the world. “Food For Good” and "Eat with Dignity" is the ethos be hind our brand and movement. ​Legendary recipes passed down through generations, fresh and locally sourced ingredients and a social mission to provide meals and jobs to refugees through the sale of Palestinian inspired street food. The goal is to build a worldwide community of 100 stores, and in doing so we will be able to feed 1,000,000 refugees every year. Now open or opening soon in Boston, Washington, DC, Amman, Dubai, Mexico City, San Francisco, Denver and Jerusalem.

Advisory Board

UNDP

Serve on the eight person Advisory Board for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Innovation Facility. The UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. They help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.