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 the world's largest democracy and governed it 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).
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, Ravi created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon which included students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just three days earlier, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo.
In 2018, he launched Ravi Unites Schools -an initiative fostering real-time audio-video interactions between student groups around the world.
For nearly a decade, Ravi has partnered with 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. He also spoke globally on behalf of the music industry, giving presentations for the National Association of Music Merchants in California (2004-2014), MusikMesse in Moscow (2014), and Music China in Shanghai (2014).
After getting his pilot's license in 2008, Ravi gave keynotes to 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 designing a signature model folding guitar specifically for pilots requiring portability.