Friday, 1st April 2016
Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani and globally known philanthropist. A Kurdish Turk raised in dairy-farming family in a small village in eastern Turkey, Hamdi launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in Upstate New York in 2007. In less than five years, Chobani became the No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt brand in the U.S.
Hamdi’s vision for Chobani has effectively transformed the food industry in America. Founded with the belief that success would also be measured by the improvement of its local communities, Chobani has donated 10% of its profits to charitable causes from the very beginning.
A devoted philanthropist, Hamdi signed The Giving Pledge in 2015 and committed the majority of his wealth to help address the global refugee crisis. To bring entrepreneurial approaches and creative solutions to displaced persons and refugees around the world, he founded the Tent Foundation in the same year. He has been named an Eminent Advocate by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and in 2015 received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award, among other recognitions, for his work with underserved individuals around the world.
In April 2014, Hamdi was selected by President Barack Obama as an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) and was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013.
Toomas H. Ilves