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Middlesex University Dubai Advances to Regional Finals of 4th Annual Hult Prize


Global top-tier schools will go head-to-head in world’s largest student competition in quest for social good and USD 1 million in start-up funding

DUBAI, UAE (January 30, 2013) — The Hult Prize recently announced that Team Joanna of Middlesex University Dubai has advanced to the regional finals of the 4th Annual Hult Prize.  The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine.  In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planets most pressing challenges. Student teams compete in five cities around the world for a chance to secure USD 1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.

Each team selected was chosen from more than 10,000 applications received, totaling over 350 colleges and universities, representing over 150 countries. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 1 and 2, 2013 on Hult International Business School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. Team Joanna will compete in Dubai.

Dr. Cody Morris Paris, Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator of Social Science at Middlesex University Dubai, is confident that the team of first year International Development and Global Social Science students will make a strong showing. “While they are among the youngest of qualifiers, this group of five passionate first year students is eager to share their ideas and hard work, and the Hult Prize is a great learning opportunity for them to interact with likeminded students. I’m confident that their hard work and inspired effort will be well received by the judges. Each of these young ladies has a bright future as a catalyst for positive change”

The 2013 Hult Prize is themed around global food security. Its focus is on how to get safe, sufficient, affordable and easily accessible food to the 200 million people who live in urban slums – a challenge personally selected by President Clinton.

“The Hult Prize is thrilled that Team Joanna has joined the initiative,” said Dr. Stephen Hodges, President of the Hult International Business School. “This year’s competition has received a record number of entries, bringing together some of the most talented students to help solve global food security which can benefit nearly a billion people.”

Following the regional finals, one winning team from each host city will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and set-up to launch their new social business.  A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at it’s annual meeting in September, where CGI delegates will select a winning team, who will be awarded the USD 1,000,000 Prize by none other, than President Bill Clinton.  “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.” – President Bill Clinton, Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.

Middlesex University’s team members include Joanna Hart (Chennai, India), Maha Ahmed (Lahore, Pakistan), Afaf Al Kharfan (Damascus, Syria), Kirti Devnani (Mumbai, India) and Waslat Lema Atifmal (Kabul, Afghanistan).
“It is not about us, it is about finding the best plan that helps obtain food security for those in need. We are all winners simply by taking this initiative on. We congratulate the ones who come up with the best plan. The goal is not to win but to effectively make a change.” Afaf Al Kharfan, Team Joanna.

About the Hult Prize
Founded in 2009 by Hult International Business School Alumnus Ahmad Ashkar, and responding to a challenge made by President Bill Clinton in 2010, the Hult Prize is committed to launching a new wave of social entrepreneurs through identifying and launching disruptive social ventures that are poised to change the world.  Its annual challenge is the world’s largest student competition and one of the world’s leading crowdsourcing platforms for social good.  The Hult Prize was recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. Each year, more than ten thousand college and university students from around the world apply to pitch their ideas at one of six regional events that take place in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and online. Up for grabs is USD1,000,000 in start-up funding and an opportunity to spend the summer in the Hult Accelerator – a world class center for innovation.  The Hult Prize Global Finals is held inside of the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.

The Hult Prize is funded by Swedish Entrepreneur and Founder of EF Education First, Bertil Hult and sponsored by the Hult International Business School and run in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative.  You can follow the Hult Prize on twitter @hultprize

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About Middlesex University

Middlesex University Dubai inaugurated in 2005, but dates back to 1878 where it first opened in London. It offers a diverse range of programs and accommodates students from over 90 different countries. There are 33 programs offered and have been awarded three Queens Anniversary prizes.

About Team Joanna

Team Joanna consists of five pioneering young women studying their undergraduate in Social Sciences and International Development. The team dreams of effectively making a change and reaching out to those that need a hand. Though amongst some of the youngest competitors, Team Joanna is determined, hardworking and ambitious. They are extremely excited to be part of Hult prize 2013 and hope to do their best now and in the future.


About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

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