Hult Keynote Address & Presentation

President Clinton will join Water.org and the Hult International Business School to deliver the closing keynote address and present awards for the annual competition.

Press Release

Hult Global Case Challenge: Solutions to the Water Crisis Keynote Address & Awards Presented by President Bill Clinton and Water.org

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE April 20, 2011 02:00 PMĀ Eastern Time)--In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Hult International Business School, Water.org is participating in a global competition to discover the next best and brightest ideas to address the water and sanitation crisis. The awards ceremony concludes this year's competition which crowd sourced a global network of MBA students from more than 100 countries around the world.

Water.org, since its founding over twenty years ago, has relentlessly explored ways to spur innovation and create bold, new approaches that will deliver safe water to the 2.5 billion people affected by the global water and sanitation crisis. By acknowledging there will never be enough charity to reach everyone with services, Water.org seeks to find ways to accelerate its impact for those in need.

The competition generated hundreds of conceptual models as part of five regional competitions hosted in Shanghai, Dubai, London, Boston, and San Francisco. Judges then narrowed the field to five student team finalists, one from each regional plus one online finalist.

President Clinton will join Water.org and the Hult International Business School to deliver the closing keynote address and present awards to the winning team. The Hult Global Case Challenge is in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and Water.org, an organization co-founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon which seeks to bring universal access to water and sanitation to nearly 2.5 billion people. Hult International Business School will make the winning idea, along with a $1M donation, available to Water.org to accelerate access to clean water and sanitation.

DETAILS: Hult Global Case Challenge Competition: Global Final WHERE: W Hotel, 541 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street, 2nd Floor Thursday, April 28, 2011 3:00-7:30PM EST, PRESS 5:00PM LINK: http://www.hultglobalcasechallenge.com/eventschedule.html

STUDENT TEAMS: Boston University's School of Management (Massachusetts), Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (California), University of Belgrade's Faculty of Organizational Sciences (Serbia), SDA Bocconi's School of Management (Milan), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China), and the online winning team from the University of Cambridge (U.K.).

GLOBAL JUDGES: Gary White, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Water.org; Michael Birch, tech entrepreneur and Founder of Bebo; George Fisher, Former CEO of Kodak and current senior advisor of private equity powerhouse KKR; Bruce Mosler, Co-Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield; Peter Thum, Co-Founder of Ethos Water and a Vice President at Starbucks; Gary Hattem, President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; and Jeffrey Fulgham, Chief Sustainability Officer, GE Power and Water.

PRESS ACCESS: Student teams, judges and representatives from Water.org and Hult International Business School will be available for interviews. Team competition and speeches will be open to press.

MEDIA RSVP: No-later than Thursday, April 21, 2011, 5PM Nancy Haberman at 212-843-8021 / nhaberman@rubenstein.com

REQUIRED: Reporters must have official news agency ID or valid, NYPD issued media credential

ABOUT WATER.ORG Water.org is a non-profit organization that has transformed thousands of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation over the past twenty-one years. Founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Learn more and make a difference at http://Water.org

CONTACT Ali Boneval, 202-262-0474 ab@thebeltwaymediagroup.com or 816-877-8420 media@water.org

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