Mohammed Ashour is the Co-founder and CEO of Aspire, a global technology pioneer in insect agriculture which works to alleviate global food insecurity. Aspire targets markets that use insects in nutrition and agrochemicals.  Under Mr. Ashour’s leadership, the company has raised more than $100 million in venture capital and private equity. 

Aspire was launched in 2013 after Mr. Ashour led a team of five McGill University students to defeat more than 10,000 teams from around the world to win the prestigious US $1 million Hult Prize. Dubbed the Nobel Prize for students, the award presented by former president Bill Clinton challenges participants to solve pressing global issues with viable business ideas.

Mr. Ashour uses his with expertise in business development, finance and strategic partnerships to lead Aspire’s growth internationally.  He is the recipient of the Specialty Food Association Visionary Leader Award and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award and was previously named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He has an MBA and a master of science degree in neurosciences from McGill University and a bachelor of science degree in life sciences from the University of Toronto.

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