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Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) board chairperson Joshin Raghubar has been announced as one of five laureates in the 12th annual John P McNulty Prize. He could take away $100 000 if announced as winner next week.
CiTi is a non-profit organisation that aims to boost the Western Cape’s technology sector and recently also began offering support to other areas in South Africa.
The prize — run by the Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty — is aimed at those who have leveraged their expertise, experience and networks to build and lead transformative social impact ventures.
The laureates will be recognised on next Wednesday (24 July) at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, where each will receive $25 000 to further their venture.
CiTi’s Joshin Raghubar has won $25k and could take away $100k if announced as the winner of the John P McNulty Prize
An international jury, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international statesman Olara Otunnu, development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker will select the McNulty Prize winner, whose venture will receive $100 000, and be recognised in November in New York City.
In a statement yesterday the Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty said Raghubar is helping drive 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 four other laureates include Kelsey Wirth from US social enterprise Mothers Out Front, India’s Srikumar Misra from Milk Mantra which provides dairy farmers with training and Maria Pacheco and Alexandra Kissling from Central America’s Vital Voices which tackles gender equality issues,
Welsh McNulty, who is president of the McNulty Foundation and a trustee of the Aspen Institute said each of the four are “creating virtuous cycles of positive impact”.
“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.” she said.
Editor’s note (18 July 2019): This article was updated to include that CiTi recently also began offering support to other areas in South Africa.
Featured image: Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) board chairperson Joshin Raghubar (Supplied)