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Introducing the 2019 McNulty Prize Laureates

The Laureates of the 2019 McNulty Prize are leveraging their expertise, experience and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures in India, the United States, South Africa and across Central America.

Whether it’s a living wage for workers and ethical choices for consumers, giving strivers a path into the future economy, dismantling cultural misogyny, or giving moms and communities the tools to fight climate change, these ventures represent the best uses of human energy and ingenuity.

We live in a world of equal humanity and unequal opportunity. These leaders are creatively using their talents and resources to remove hurdles that keep communities, families and individuals from improving their circumstances. They are creating virtuous cycles of positive impact.

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Meet the 2019 Laureates

Kelsey Wirth | Mothers Out Front

United States

Former executive Kelsey Wirth is tapping an unlikely force against climate change, and mobilizing a grassroots movement to influence decision-makers and lead the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Srikumar Misra | Milk Mantra


Global executive turned entrepreneur Srikumar Misra is transforming livelihoods for rural farmers in Eastern India, while disrupting India’s massive dairy market with ethical sourcing and a socially conscious, innovation-led business model.

Alexandra Kissling & Maria Pacheco | Vital Voices Central America

Central America

Initiated by Maria Pacheco and carried on by Alexandra Kissling, a coalition of Central Americans are tackling gender inequality across the region through economic, social and political empowerment, ultimately changing the narrative about the role of women and gender in society.

Joshin Raghubar | Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative

South Africa

Entrepreneur Joshin Raghubar is driving the technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cape Town and beyond, and working across government, business and society to build an inclusive, future-proof economy.

The announcement was celebrated at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Watch the Laureates share their bold visions, as well as an interview with international statesman & McNulty Prize juror Olara Otunnu at

About the John P. McNulty Prize

The McNulty Prize honors the visionary work of individuals moving the needle on intractable global challenges. Each of the 2019 Laureates will receive $25,000 to further their venture. An international jury, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ugandan diplomat Olara Otunnu, development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker will select the winner, whose venture will receive $100,000 and be celebrated in New York in November.

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