$100,000 McNulty Prize 2012 Finalists Announced

July 2, 2012

Finalists are tackling major societal challenges in Guatemala, Panama, India and South Africa

Aspen, CO, July 2, 2012–– The Aspen Institute and Institute Trustee Anne Welsh McNulty today announced the fifth annual John P. McNulty Prize finalists, a group of five extraordinary young leaders who bring the spirit of innovation and excellence that characterized their success in the private sector to bear on some of the most intractable issues of our time.

From unleashing the power of women to create prosperity, to making the public education sector more effective, to bridging the gap between rural talent and new economy jobs, the 2012 Finalists are making a significant impact on their communities and across the globe.

“The remarkable accomplishments of these individuals and their organizations is a call to action to private sector leaders to step up, to bring their leadership abilities, their business acumen and resources to tackle the most difficult problems our world is facing” said Anne Welsh McNulty.

The John P. McNulty Prize of $100,000 is given annually to honor the visionary work of an Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow of the Aspen Institute; each of the finalists receives $10,000. An international panel of judges including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Indian parliamentarian and diplomat Shashi Tharoor, and international development expert, Brizio Biondi-Morra, will select this year’s winner. The winner will be announced October 31, 2012 in New York City.

The 2012 finalists are:

Former founder and head of the McKinsey Knowledge Center, AMIT BHATIA created
ASPIRE to train students from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds to become English fluent, tech-savvy, problem-solving new hires ready to fuel India’s new economy.

Architect and urban planning activist, HILDEGARD VÁSQUEZ, founded CAPTA to empower marginalized women with self-reliance and the practical skills to gain employment, break the cycle of poverty and retain their homes in rapidly gentrifying communities.

Former top-level restaurant industry executives CHARLES LUYCKX & GARY CAMPBELL,  created FUEL to ensure meals reach needy public school students so that they are able learn at school by providing systems analysis, support and training inside South Africa’s Dept of Education.

Rural development entrepreneur MARÍA PACHECO is working to end social and economic underutilization of women across Central America by connecting, bringing visibility to and training women leaders in all sectors.

Watch a video on the 2012 Finalists: http://vimeo.com/44947602.

Previous winners of the McNulty Prize include Dele Olojede (NEXT ­ 2011), John Danner (Rocketship Education ­ 2010), Patrick Awuah (Ashesi University ­ 2009), and Jordan Kassalow (VisionSpring ­ 2008).

About The John P. McNulty Prize
Founded by Anne McNulty in honor of her late husband John, the Prize aims to galvanize efforts to address the foremost social, economic and political challenges of our time by recognizing the very best in high impact leadership. Each year, the winner is selected by an international jury that has included Mary Robinson, Bill Gates, Sr., and Sir Richard Branson and recognizes exceptional leadership projects undertaken by the Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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