Ravi Hutheesing (Rah-vee Hut- ee-sing) is a global keynote speaker 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. Additionally, the US Department of State engages him as a cultural diplomat to create programs overseas that foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson, whose massive fan base of the earliest millennials catapulted Ravi 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, Ravi discovered that 50% of pilots play a musical instrument, which inspired him to help the industry attract millennials and reverse the shrinking pilot population. "The Raviator" 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.
As a cultural diplomat, Ravi went to Russia in 2015 and delivered a series of lectures on artist-entrepreneurship and youth leadership. 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. He conducted songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs in 2017 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. Ravi was also a judge for the US Department of State's prestigious 2017/2018 American Music Abroad tour, selecting a group of artists to represent American culture overseas, and serves as the Director of Youth Engagement and Cultural Entrepreneurship for the Association of American Voices—a non-profit organization that has been conducting cross-cultural engagement with audiences in over 140 nations.
Since 2010, 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 docu-series, "Daughters of Destiny."
The first American born member of India's Nehru-Gandhi family who 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).
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Hanson on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Cultural Diplomacy Tour in Russia