2017
Iraq, Lebanon & India

Iraq US Department of State

2016
Indonesia

Indonesia US Department of State

2015
Russia

Russia US Department of State

2014
China

Cultural Diplomacy Music China

Cultural Diplomacy Projects

General Colin Powell
Ravi with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell in 2018. They were fellow featured speakers at the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference in Boston MA.

Cultural diplomacy reveals the soul of a nation. Ravi's own initiatives, collaborations with various non-profits, and U.S. State Department sponsored tours promote cultural exchange and understanding through keynotes on entrepreneurship (a pillar of democracy), real-time audio-video interactions, and music programs that bring together talents from traditionally opposed cultures and religions, creating global harmony through innovation and the arts.   Video

In 2018, Ravi launched Ravi Unites Schools, an initiative fostering interaction between student groups around the world (read more) and hosted global exchanges between students of education programs with which he partners: Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Tamil Nadu India, EYM/Educating Young Minds in California USA, Poland School District in Ohio USA, NEXT School in Mumbai India, Stevens Point School District in Wisconsin USA, and more. Such exchanges can foster world peace by enabling kids to bond naturally before "learning" to hate each other.   Video 

In 2016 and 2017, Ravi collaborated with the U.S. Department of State in Indonesia, Iraq, and Lebanon, teaching songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship. What do you think it looked like when Ravi went to Jakarta Indonesia and put a Christian, Buddhist, and Sharia Law Muslim in a room for two weeks with other equally diverse millennials, and taught them all to write songs together?  Video.  Imagine an Iraqi who had been captured by ISIS writing music with a Kurd whose family fled their country after being gassed by an Iraqi (Saddam Hussein).  Video

In 2015  the U.S. Department of State deployed Ravi to Russia to deliver a week of keynotes on entrepreneurship in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

In 2014, the National Association of Music Merchants brought Ravi to Russia and China to deliver keynotes on American expertise in music retailing.

A dynamic, engaging speaker who can charm an audience in seconds. His disarming and genuine style left a very positive impression on our Russian audience. We were very pleased with Ravi's skills as a presenter and his sensitivity to cultural differences, and highly recommend him. - U.S. Department of State

2nd Lady Jill Biden U.S. Second Lady
Dr. Jill Biden

Prince Albert of Monaco Prince of Monaco
Albert Grimaldi

Sonia Gandhi Indian Congress Party President
Sonia Gandhi

Ambassador John Teft US Ambassador to Russia
John Tefft

Minister of Culture Kurdistan, Farhang Ghafur Minister of Culture, Iraqi-Kurdistan
Farhang Ghafur Mustafa

Ambassador PS Raghavan Indian Ambassador to Russia
PS Raghavan

Ambassador Arun Singh Indian Ambassador to USA
Arun Singh

Ambassador Nina Hachigian US Ambassador to ASEAN
Nina Hachigian

Ambassador Mohan Kumar Indian Ambassador to France
Mohan Kumar

Chief of US Mission Jeffrey Sexton US Chief of Mission to India
Jeffrey Sexton