Global Keynote Speaker & Cultural Diplomat
• Keynote Speaker throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia
• Cultural Diplomat on behalf of the U.S. Department of State
• Author published by Simon & Schuster and multiple trade magazines
• Musician who has performed at the White House, Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live
• Pilot known as "The Raviator"
Ravi Hutheesing (Rah-vee Hut-ee-sing) is a global keynote speaker and cultural diplomat whose philosophies and strategies have empowered businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia to bridge generational and cultural divides.
As a cultural diplomat, Ravi works with the U.S. Department of State and its embassies to create cross-cultural engagement in the world's most vulnerable regions. In 2017, he conducted songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs in Iraq and Lebanon, for which he recruited students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just three days before, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world's largest Muslim population—and created a songwriting camp that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides. Ravi's initial State Department deployment was in 2015 to Russia, where he delivered keynotes on artist-entrepreneurship and youth leadership. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Youth Engagement and Cultural Entrepreneurship for the Association of American Voices—a non-profit organization that has conducted cultural exchange programs in over 140 nations.
For nearly a decade, Ravi has been a partner of Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in India—a non-sectarian boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. Current graduates are employed by American Express, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, and others, and the school is the subject of the 2017 Netflix documentary series, Daughters of Destiny.
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. Also an aviator, he helped the industry attract millennials to reverse the shrinking pilot population and created a niche market by performing concerts at air shows, becoming the spokesman for products targeting young pilots, and developing a signature model folding guitar that fits in small airplanes.
The first American born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi 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).
- Learn more about Ravi's music here.
Hanson on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Cultural Diplomacy Tour in Russia