06/09/2015 04:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sharad in Dialogue With Novus Conference Co-Founder, Kunal Sood


I recently was invited by the Co-Founder of the Novus Conference, Kunal Sood to attend and play a very special role in capturing the digital stories of the keynote speakers at the first Novus Conference held in San Francisco, at the Battery. The setting was very intimate and the speakers were beyond world class...some were literally heading into the cosmos of outer space. Brilliant minds coming together to look at what it meant to "Redefine the American Dream". In a series of interviews I will be posting in the coming weeks, you will get to see and hear from some of the most beautiful minds in the world shaping our digital spaces, our artistic spaces, and scientific realms of life.

Kunal is deeply passionate about transforming the lives of a billion people in the world using technological innovation along with the power of stories that inspire, connect and turn ideas into real world impact. From working with underserved populations in the slums of Mumbai in India to collaborating with the United Nations, TED, and Rotary International's End Polio Campaign in the United States, he has an unwavering commitment to making a positive humanitarian difference that he believes is critical in order for society to flourish.

As an exponential agent of change, Kunal constantly learns and applies what he learns in the ivory towers out on the field to test its efficacy and validity. Currently as the recipient of Singularity University's GSP - Field Innovation Fellowship, they are investigating the real world application of exponential technologies to positively effect change in those that need it most, by activating a billion bystanders into everyday heroes. Being part entrepreneur and part humanitarian he is passionate about solving humanity's grand challenges. Kunal currently serves as the Curator and Executive Producer of TEDxUNPlaza at the United Nations in New York. He has life long love for learning with a dual M.A., and MS.c., in Psychology and Global Health Sciences from the University of California San Francisco. Kunal has completed my M.B.A., from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and am currently pursuing an M.Phil., at the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics and Executive Coaching.

Here is my first interview of the series with the co-founder of the Novus Conference, Kunal Sood.