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2015 McNulty Prize Laureates Announced

July 29, 2015

Above, watch the announcement of the 2015 John P. McNulty Prize laureates.

Anne Welsh McNulty, founder of the John P. McNulty Prize, and the Aspen Institute today announced the eighth annual McNulty Prize laureates at the Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, CO. The Prize is given annually to honor the visionary work of a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. It recognizes extraordinary leaders who bring the spirit of innovation that characterized their success in the private sector to address some of the most intractable problems facing our world today.

An international panel of judges, including former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will select this year’s winner. The winner will be announced in November and will receive $100,000 and each of the other laureates will receive $10,000.

The finalists for this year’s Prize are: 


Costa Rica

Engineer and food industry executive Gisela Sánchez has pioneered a line of fortified food products, Nutrivida, designed to eliminate malnutrition, particularly in children. The products are sold throughout Costa Rica by a variety of vendors and partners from local saleswomen to NGOs and major super stores.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

South Africa

With her broad expertise in the business sector and experience in the public and social sectors, Nicola Galombik created Harambee, a public-private job placement and employability program to solve two crucial challenges facing South Africa: a surplus of unemployed disadvantaged youth excluded from the labor market, and a shortage of work-ready young people for entry level jobs.

Fish Forever


Based in the US, with all programmatic work in Philippines, Indonesia, Belize, Brazil, and Mozambique, Conservationist Brett Jenks founded the Fish Forever alliance to reverse the global decline of small-scale fisheries and tropical marine habitats by empowering local communities to protect and manage the resources they depend on, so that both people and nature can thrive.

B Lab


Entrepreneurs Jay Coen Gilbert, Andrew Kassoy, and Bart Houlahan co-founded B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good, supporting the development of a new economic paradigm in which companies measure their impact on society and the environment with as much rigor as they manage their profitability.