Ahmad A. Ashkar

Alumni, Global Shapers Community

A leading voice and personality in the #impact community for youth, Ahmad is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Hult Prize Foundation – an award winning and industry leader in entrepreneurship education, program design and implementation with more than two million program graduates across 121 countries since 2009. Ahmad is also an executive board member at ANERA, where he led the non-profit's creation of a for-profit arm for development to further the organizations impact and reach across Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. As an advocate of youth equality and access, he previously served as an advisory board member to the UNDP and founded the Changemaker Festival and Impact Awards for Arab Youth. Ahmad is also the founder of Falafel Inc, an award-winning social enterprise which feeds and empowers refugees around the world, with more than 250,000 beneficiaries since inception. Serving up Palestinian inspired street food with a mission, the American born brand has taken the quick service food sector by storm, most recently ranked as the top new eatery by Yelp! and BuzzFeed and best in DC by USA Today. Ahmad loves reading, cooking, traveling and teaching where he is a member of the faculty and a guest lecturer at the International Law Institute, Jordan University and the Hult International Business School, where he was the 2015 alumnus of the year. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Pursuit of Impact and a prominent public speaker. He is married to his Palestinian sweetheart Tanya and has four children ages 12, 9, 7 and 2.

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