Founder and CEO of EF Education First
In 1965 Bertil Hult founded EF Education First in Lund, Sweden, to breakdown language barriers and bridge cultural gaps. His aim was to offer language learning, educational travel and intercultural exchange to Swedish young people. It soon became clear however, that education through discovery was something from which the entire world could benefit.
Over the years, EF Education First has grown into a multi-national group of companies and non-profit organisations with offices in 53 countries. Each year, over 28,000 EF staff, teachers and volunteers encourage 4 million people of all ages and nationalities to explore the world in which they live.
Youth initiatives continue to be a focus of Mr Hult. He joined the Mentor Foundation in 1994. The same year he started the Ambassador Scholarship at EF, encouraging North American high school students to formulate ideas to change the world. Scholarship winners travel throughout Europe as youth ambassadors.
"Education is the key to drug prevention. When we inspire young people to exchange thoughts and ideas, we give them the power to make the right choices in life."
Trustee, Former Chairman of the Mentor Foundation