Ravi Hutheesing is a culture catalyst and global keynote speaker who propels academic and corporate thinking far outside “the box.” He has empowered businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia to bridge cultural gaps and build dynamic relationships. 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.
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, "The Raviator" (his call sign) gave keynotes on cross-generational collaboration to help the industry 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 portability.
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 speaks globally on behalf of the music industry at conventions including the National Association of Music Merchants in California, MusikMesse in Moscow, and Music China in Shanghai.
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.
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
Bob Moje: Founding principal of VMDO Architects. For over 36 years, he has been involved with the planning and design of educational facilities for institutional clients. His personal mission is to create learning environments that enrich the lives of students and leave an indelible mark on school communities.
Mary Luehrsen: Executive Director of the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation and Sr. Executive of NAMM overseeing the organization’s federal level policy development and government relations efforts effecting access to music education and global commerce in the music industry.
Jeffery Sexton: 30 year career with US Dept. of State Foreign Service, holding public affairs and cultural diplomacy posts in India, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Korea, China, and Hong Kong after serving six years in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Soviet military analyst.
Mary Beth Pelosky: Expert in educational policy and leadership including fellowships with Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), US State Dept./ConSed Brazil Principal Exchange, and George Mason’s Confucius Institute (China); and a former public school principal, administrator, and teacher.
Associations & Conferences
School Superintendents & Administrators
· AASA | The School Superintendents
· CASE | Colorado School Executives
· GCSSA | Greater Cleveland School Supts.
· HWC | Exec. Leadership Aspiring Supts.
· KASA | Kentucky School Admins.
· MASA | Mississippi School Admins.
· NCASA | North Carolina School Admins.
· NHSAA | New Hampshire School Admins.
· NYSCOSS | NY State School Supts
· VASS | Virginia School Superintendents
· VAESP | Virginia Elementary School Principals
· WASDA | Wisconsin School District Admins.
· ASBA | Arizona School Boards
· MASB | Michigan School Boards
· VSBA | Virginia School Boards
· WASB | Wisconsin School Boards
Other K-12 Education Leadership
· AOCC | All Ohio Counselors
· ASCD | Supervision and Curriculum Dev.
· CATA | California Agricultural Teachers
· IB | International Baccalaureate (Global)
· IBMA | International Baccalaureate Mid-Atlantic
· NFES | National Family Engagement Summit
· SCIBS | South Carolina Intnl Bacc. Schools
· WASBO | Wisconsin School Business Officials
· VASCD | Virginia Supervision & Curriculum Dev.
Higher and Continuing Education
· ACHE | Continuing Higher Education
· CCCAOE | CA Com. College Occupational Ed
· DCCD| Dallas Community College District
· LACC | Los Angeles City College District
· NEA | National Education Assoc. Higher Ed
· TACE | Texas Admins. of Continuing Ed.
· YEP | Young Entrepreneurs Program
· AOPA | Aircraft Owners and Pilots
· AsBAA | Asian Business Aviation (Hong Kong)
· EAA | Experimental Aircraft
· MBAA | Michigan Business Aviation
· NAFI | National Flight Instructors
· Sun 'n Fun Fly-in Inc.
· Sun 'n Fun Caribbean Cruise
· American Voices
· NAMM | International Music Products
· Music China (China)
· MusikMesse Russia (Russia)
· Taxi Road Rally
· Top Marques Monaco (Monaco)
· Agile/Scrum Gathering (India)
· APEGBC | Pro. Engineers & Geoscientists (Canada)
· Loyalty 360 | The Loyalty Marketer's Association
· NAR | National Assoc. of Realtors
· Northwest Indian Youth Summit
Government & Civic Organizations
· Association of American Voices
· Boy Scouts of America (USA)
· US Department of State (US)
· US Embassy to Indonesia (Indonesia)
· US Embassy to Iraq (Iraq)
· US Embassy to Lebanon (Lebanon)
· US Embassy to Russia (Russia)
· US Mission to ASEAN (Indonesia)
· Accenture (India)
· AKG Electronics (USA, Germany)
· Lightspeed Aviation
· Martin Guitars
· Samick Musical Instruments
· Sennheiser Corp. (USA, Canada, France)
· Solutions IQ (India)
· Sporty's Pilot Shop
· Voyage-Air Guitars
Colleges & Universities
· Algonquin College (Canada)
· Berklee College of Music (USA)
· Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. (USA)
· Grand Canyon University (USA)
· Institute of Fine Arts, Erbil (Iraq)
· Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Indonesia)
· John C. Smith University
· Kent State University (USA)
· Los Angeles City College (USA)
· North Lake College (USA)
· Notre Dame University (Lebanon)
· Pepperdine University
· Pyramind Audio Institute
· Purdue University (USA)
· RMA Business School (Russia)
· Seneca College (Canada)
· Sholokov University (Russia)
· St Petersburg State Drama Academy (Russia)
· University of Economics and Finance (Russia)
· University of Florida
· University of Humanities & Soc. Sciences (Russia)
· University of North Dakota (USA)
· University of Virginia
· University of W. Ontario (Canada)
- Western Michigan University (USA)
· YES Academy (Iraq)
· YES Academy Lebanon (Lebanon)
· YES Academy Jakarta (Indonesia)
· Anne Arundel MD Public Schools
· Catalina AZ Unified School District
· Chicago IL School District
· Elmwood WI School District
· Eastern Carver MN School District
· Fairfax VA School District
· Florence SC School District
· Greeneville TN School District
· Jericho NY District Schools
· Los Angeles Community College Dist.
· Manassas VA School District
· Merrill WI Area Schools
· Milwaukee WI Public Schools
· New Buffalo MI District Schools
· Rockville IL School District
· Riverside CA School District
· Stevens Point WI School District
· Washington DC School District