Judge: Ravi Hutheesing

Cultural Catalyst & Global Keynote Speaker, Ravi Unites, Inc.

Ravi Hutheesing is a cultural catalyst and global motivational/keynote speaker empowering businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. The first American born member of the family that created and governed the world’s largest democracy for over 40 years, Ravi is the grand-nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister), the nephew of Indira Gandhi (India’s only female Prime Minister), and the cousin of Rajiv Gandhi (India’s youngest Prime Minister).

In 2018, Ravi launched Ravi Unites Schools—a growing network of over 100 schools worldwide that participate in real-time audio-video interactions between student groups, hosted by Ravi. He believes that such exchanges promote world peace by enabling youth to bond naturally across geographical and socioeconomic boundaries rather than to succumb to implicit biases formed by institutional agendas. The idea was born out of his ten-year partnership with Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India—a highly successful boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high quality setting for the poorest of the poor (featured in the 2017 Netflix documentary series, Daughters of Destiny)

Ravi began serving as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State in 2015, giving presentations on entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Russia. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world’s largest Muslim population—and created songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides, and in 2017, he created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon which included students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just days earlier, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo.

After becoming a licensed aviator in 2008, Ravi gave keynotes in the industry to help attract millennials and reverse the shrinking pilot population. He also created a niche market by performing concerts at air shows, becoming the spokesman for products targeting young pilots, and co-designing a signature model folding guitar specifically for pilots requiring portabilit

Ravi’s worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials catapulted him to the stages of the White House, Madison Square Garden, Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. Simon & Schuster published his memoir, Dancin’ with Hanson, and he has authored over a hundred articles for major magazines. He also a singer-songwriter, has created multiple instructional video courses for musicians, and has spoken globally on behalf of the music industry giving presentations at conventions including the National Association of Music Merchants in California (2004-2014), MusikMesse in Moscow (2014), and Music China in Shanghai (2014).

Ravi was born in Washington DC to an Indian father and German mother, and grew up in the suburbs of New York City after his father became one of the first Indians to work on Wall Street. His two older brothers followed in their father’s footsteps becoming investment bankers while Ravi forged a path of his own.


 

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