2015 McNulty Prize Laureates Announced

July 29, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Aprile Age
McNulty Foundation

Caitlin Colegrove
The Aspen Institute


2015 McNulty Prize Laureates Announced

Laureates for $100,000 entrepreneurial innovation award are from Costa Rica, South Africa, and the United States

Aspen, CO, July 29, 2015–– Anne Welsh McNulty and the Aspen Institute today announced the eighth annual John P. McNulty Prize laureates, a group of 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.

The 2015 Laureates are making a significant impact on their communities across the globe through a variety of projects. The scope of their work spans from training a new generation of South Africans for long-lasting employment, to protecting fisheries and the communities that rely upon them, to ending malnutrition in Central America, to reinventing and broadening the definition of what a corporation can do in the 21st Century.

“These fellows have realized the power of their entrepreneurial expertise, their resources, and their networks. They are activating and mobilizing partners across society to relentlessly tackle problems and bring about positive change,” said Anne Welsh McNulty, founder of the McNulty Prize.

The John P. McNulty Prize is given annually to honor the visionary work of a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute. An international panel of judges, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international statesman Olara Otunnu, and international development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, will select this year’s winner. The winner who will be announced in November will receive $100,000 and each of the other laureates will receive $10,000.

The 2015 Laureates 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.



South Africa

With her broad expertise in the business sector and experience in the public and social sectors, Nicola Galombik created Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, 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.



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.




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.


Live video of the finalist announcement at the Aspen Action Forum at 5pm MDT / 7pm EDT on July 29 will be available here: www.aspenactionforum.org/live. Watch a video on the 2015 Laureates here: snip.li/2015MCPLaureates. Follow the event on Twitter at @AspenAction and #AspenAction.

Learn more about the McNulty Prize at http://www.mcnultyprize.org/#laureates

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.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector — currently, 2,100 “Fellows” from 49 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy, and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in either the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the other dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, China, and the Middle East.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


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