Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman
Hamdi Ulukaya has been named as the recipient of the 2022 TPF Philanthropist of the Year Award, which honors an outstanding philanthropist every year that has made significant contributions to philanthropy to make our communities stronger.
We are proud to honor Hamdi Ulukaya with this year’s award in recognition of his lifetime dedication to philanthropy, especially his commitment to helping bring an end to the refugee crisis through Tent Partnership for Refugees. His life exemplifies the meaning of philanthropy, as seen through his career, leadership, and philanthropic engagement. Hamdi has tirelessly championed a fair and equitable world for his employees, the communities supporting his business, refugees all around the world, and our society at large.
Raised in eastern Turkey, Hamdi Ulukaya founded Chobani in 2005 with the mission of making better food more accessible and providing good food for all, while also improving local communities. Selling the first cup of yogurt in 2007, Chobani became the No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand in the U.S. less than five years later. A devoted philanthropist, Ulukaya signed the Giving Pledge and founded the Tent Partnership for Refugees in 2016 to help end the global refugee crisis. Ulukaya serves on the board of La Colombe Torrefaction LLC, Pathfinder Village, and the Tent Partnership for Refugees.