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Ahmad Ashkar

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Ahmad Ashkar (Arabian: Ahmad Ashqar; born Ahmad Adnan Al Askar, 16 October 1982) is a Palestinian-American businessman, author, and public speaker.[1] His focus areas include entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture philanthropy.[2] Throughout his twenty-year career, he created open innovation platforms for leading corporations, universities, philanthropists, businessmen and government leaders across the world, including founding the Hult Prize Foundation, co-founding, “The Laudato Si Challenge - Inspired by Pope Francis.” for the Catholic Church and co-founding the “Global Changemaker Festival and Impact Awards” for Arab based youth.[3][4] [5][6]

Born in Palestine, his role as founding CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation, has led him to become a member of the advisory board of the United Nations Development Programme and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Expert Network of the World Economic Forum and on the non-profit boards of the American Near East Refugee Aid Organization(ANERA), and the Georgetown Business Improvement District.[7][8][9]

In 2021, Ahmad Ashkar was terminated from the Hult Prize Foundation after an independent investigation by Kirkland & Ellis into allegations of misconduct revealed that Ashkar was "identified in multiple instances of alleged sexual misconduct" during his tenure as CEO. The allegations ranged in severity from unwanted sexual advances and touching to sexual assault, with the alleged victims consisting of Hult Prize staff, participants, volunteers, and mentors.[10][11]

Early life and career[edit]

Ahmad Ashkar is Palestinian-born. His family moved to Kansas City in 1989. His professional career began in investment banking with a French investment bank and then transitioned into Islamic Banking where he was the co-founder of the first US Islamic Bank initiative.

Entrepreneurial activities[edit]

  • In 2017, Ashkar opened his first restaurant brand, District BBQ.
  • In 2017, Ashkar founded Falafel Inc.[13] A quick-service food company which serves Palestinian inspired street food while employing and feeding refugees.[14][15][16] Through a partnership with the World Food Program, the company has provided free meals, 250,000 needy people.[17]

Honors and recognition[edit]

Lecturer and Keynote Speaker[edit]

Ahmad is a recognized speaker with over 10 years of experience in the Impact Industry, traveling around the globe to inspire the youth to be the change through multiple events, conferences, summits and more.


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