Congratulations to our Hult Prize at USC winners: Team Ekta!

Congratulations to our Hult Prize at USC winners: Team Ekta!
Shiku Wangombe

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"It's not everyday that you have an opportunity to change the world. For several years the Hult Prize has challenged students from all over the world to come up with innovative business solutions that address pressing global issues. This year, students are challenged to reawaken the human potential and restore the rights of refugees. It's time to answer the call. A team of students from the University of Southern California will go on to represent us at the Hult Prize Regionals next year in one of five locations - Boston, London, San Francisco, Dubai or Shanghai! This is our chance to show the world that us Trojans are dedicated to impact. Send us an email for more information, or register your team below to join some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds for the experience of a lifetime. Fight on!"


Shiku Wangombe
hultprizeatusc@gmail.com

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Campus Competition

Time: 1:00 PM
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Venue: Fertitta Hall (JFF), LL 105
Location: University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, 90089

HULT PRIZE AT BILLBOARD

1

Lagos State University

216 teams registered

2

Government Degree College,Porumamilla

200 teams registered

3

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

181 teams registered

4

National University of Sciences and Technology

133 teams registered

5

Cairo University

108 teams registered

Judges

Edmund Cain
Edmund Cain
Vice President, Grant Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Edmund J. Cain oversees all domestic and international grant programming at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, including overall responsibility for the Foundation’s strategic planning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cain served as director of The Carter Center’s Global Development Initiative, which facilitated national development strategies in post-conflict countries. A senior member of The Carter Center’s Peace Program team, Cain advised former President Carter on global development issues and participated in election monitoring missions. Prior to that, Cain had a long career with the United Nations serving in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, and was a U.N. Resident Coordinator in Turkey and in Egypt. He was also the first Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Emergency Response Division. In that capacity he oversaw the formulation of UNDP’s disaster response policy and led missions to war-torn and disaster-affected countries. Cain also served in the U.N. Secretariat as the Chief of Staff to the U.N. Undersecretary General for General Assembly and Political Affairs. A Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs and Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Cain holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Delaware.
Shivani Siroya
Shivani Siroya
CEO & Founder at Tala
Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala (formerly InVenture), a mobile technology and data science company that aims to close the credit gap in emerging markets by using mobile data to overcome traditional barriers to financial access. Through its financial platform, Tala collects thousands of data points per customer to build a real-time credit score, determine loan terms, and disburse loans in less than a minute. Tala has disbursed millions of dollars in credit throughout East Africa and is rapidly expanding throughout Africa and Asia. Tala was recognized by FastCompany as the #1 most innovative company in Money in 2015 and the #8 most innovative company in finance in 2016. Shivani has a wide array of professional experiences in global health, microfinance, and investment banking. Prior to Tala she worked at the United Nations Population Fund, helping to develop costing models throughout Africa and Asia. She also has experience in investment banking both in mergers & acquisitions at Health Net, Citigroup and Equity Research at UBS. In 2016, Siroya was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Shivani is a 2015 Senior TED Fellow, 2013 Ashoka Fellow, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, and 2011 Unreasonable Fellow. Shivani is also on the board of Stellar, a technology company that’s enabling a public infrastructure for money. Shivani holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Meg Palisoc
Meg Palisoc
Co-Founder & CEO, Synergy Academies
Dr. Meg Palisoc is the Co-Founder and CEO of Synergy Academies, a non-profit organization that operates nationally recognized urban public charter schools in South Los Angeles. Over the past 13 years, Meg co-founded three schools: Synergy Charter Academy, Synergy Kinetic Academy, and Synergy Quantum Academy, which serve over 1300 students in grades K-12. Meg was a former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher. Prior to entering the K-12 profession, Meg held various positions in college student affairs, including serving as the Director of Engineering Career Services at the University of Southern California. Under Meg’s leadership, Synergy’s schools have pioneered the blended learning model since 2004 and are model STEM schools. In 2013, Synergy’s elementary school was named the Best Urban Elementary School in America and the #1 charter elementary school in California. In 2015, Synergy’s high school was named a Best High School by U.S. News & World Report. Meg and her team’s mission is to share and exchange best practices with other educators worldwide.
Robert Egger
Robert Egger
President & Founder of LA Kitchen
Robert pioneered the model of L.A. Kitchen during his 24 year tenure as the President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the DC Central Kitchen has produced over 26 million meals and helped 1,000 men and women gain full time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 33 colleges or high school based kitchens. In addition, Robert is the Founder and President of CForward, an advocacy organization that rallies employees of nonprofits to educate candidates about the economic role that nonprofits play in every community, and to support candidates who have detailed plans to strengthen the economy that includes nonprofits. Robert was included in the NonProfit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 15-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.
Sam Polk
Sam Polk
Co-Founder & CEO, Everytable. Founder & Exec. Director, Groceryships
Sam Polk is a former hedge fund trader, author of the book 'For the Love of Money', cofounder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise that sells fresh, delicious meals at prices everyone can afford, and the founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income familiies struggling with food-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes. His mission is to help foster inclusive capitalism that works for everyone. He believes that businesses are for solving problems, but they've become something that creates problems by externalizing costs and funneling all their profits to those at the very top. He wants to be a part of creating a new economy that harnesses the dynamism of capitalism and also fosters the connectedness of a true democracy in which every vote and every voice counts the same. Sam Polk graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a BA in English and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has been published in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and CNBC.com.
Naomi Warren
Naomi Warren
Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication
Naomi Warren specializes in communication issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a particular emphasis on race, gender, social class, media representations, politics, and policy. Her teaching, research, and consulting are informed by her professional experience as an accountant in the transportation, manufacturing, health care, service, retail, entertainment, and legal sectors and her doctoral research in communication studies, rhetoric, race, and the politics of representation. She was honored with a Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2005 and 2010. Service commitments include advising Marshall’s international case competition teams and serving on the University Diversity Committee.
Alexandra Graddy-Reed
Alexandra Graddy-Reed
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Alexandra Graddy-Reed is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Graddy-Reed’s research is focused on the evolving strategies of grantmakers to be more outcome and impact minded. Grounded in theories of public economics, institutional change, and innovation production, her current research involves evaluating the effect of competition between grantmakers on outcomes to assess if it promotes or deters innovation. Graddy-Reed teaches courses on the theories and policies of nonprofits and social innovation.
Varun Soni
Varun Soni
Dean of Religious Life
Dr. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at USC and the first Hindu to serve as the chief religious or spiritual leader of an American university. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the USC School of Religion and a University Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy. Prior to USC, he spent four years teaching in the Law and Society Program at the UCSB. Soni received his B.A. in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and Justice Studies. He subsequently received his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and his M.A. in Religious Studies from UCSB. He went on to receive his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he also completed the Critical Race Studies Program and served as an editor for the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law. He earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town, where his doctoral research focused on religion, technology and popular culture. As an undergraduate student, he spent a semester living in a Buddhist monastery in Bodh Gaya, India through Antioch University’s Buddhist Studies Program. As a graduate student, he spent months doing field research in India through UCSB's Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies. Soni is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Academy of Religion, the National Association for College and University Chaplains, and the Association for College and University Religious Affairs. He is on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, Religion Dispatches, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Future50, CrossCurrents, Hindu American Seva Charities, Hindu American Foundation, New Vision Partners, Life Changing Internet, Interfaith Youth Core and the Parliament of the World Religions. Born in India and raised in southern California, he has family on five continents and they collectively represent every major religious tradition in the world.
Todd Johnson
Todd Johnson
President of Rotary LA5 and CEO of Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
Todd Johnson, a Pennsylvania native, attended Slippery Rock University and graduated with a double degree in Business Administration including a Bachelor of Science degree in both Management and Finance. Coming to California in 1986 to pursue a football dream is where his career in restaurants began, when that dream of playing football professionally did not materialize. Todd Johnson worked at Houlihans as a manager for two years before moving on to Chili’s Grill and Bar as a general manager for five and a half. In his effort to continuously improve and grow, he became a general manager for Bobby McGee’s in Burbank, CA for two years. After 25 years of managing day-to-day restaurant operations, Todd Johnson used his culinary service experiences and knowledge to lead The Lawry’s Carvery division as the Director of Operations. As the newest concept in the more than 70 year old company, Johnson excelled in creating systems, maximizing efficiency and developing a team of professionals who could provide a prime dining experience in a quick service setting. Having lead the organization in three of their four dining concepts, Johnson was ready to explore new opportunities. In 2014 he joined Grill Concepts where he saw growth opportunity for himself and the restaurant group’s multiple concepts. He spent time with The Grill on the Alley in both Beverly Hills and Westlake Village. Throughout his restaurant career, Todd Johnson played an active role with many business associations however the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce was always a top priority. He joined the Board of Directors in 2003 and was instrumental in leading the organization through a staff restructuring in 2010 while he served the chamber as the Board Chair. Todd continued to serve on the Board in various capacities including CFO and Restaurant Committee Chair until 2015 at which time he accepted the offer to lead the Chamber as the Executive Director.

Organizing Committee

In a few short years, the Hult Prize has become one of the most prestigious student competitions in existence today, offering teams unparalleled opportunities and resources. With the goal of educating and engaging students at its core, this truly international prize has created a platform to support the launch of social enterprises that are tackling seemingly intractable global challenges.

John Tsai

John Tsai

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Alejandra Revueltas

Alejandra Revueltas

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Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed

Director of PR

Clark Hansen

Clark Hansen

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