Official Bio — Kushal Chakrabarti

Unofficial Bio:
I love building (useful) things.

Official Bio:
Kushal Chakrabarti is the founder of Vittana, a non-profit that fights youth poverty in developing nations. It pioneered the Vittana Loan — a $750 student micro-loan that can triple a girl’s income. An award-winning organization, Vittana works today in 17 countries, helping 1,000+ youth escape poverty every month. Its impact is regularly highlighted in world press including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many others.

Previously, Kushal helped lead the $1 billion Amazon recommendations team and worked on the Human Genome Project, authoring 20+ patents and papers. He was named Social Innovator of the Year in 2013, one of Seattle’s Top 40 People Under 40 in 2010 and #1 Game-Changer in Philanthropy by 1.7 million Huffington Post readers in 2009. Kushal is a two-time TED speaker and speaks frequently on education and entrepreneurship.

In his free time, he races Ironman triathlons, trains guide dogs for the blind and dabbles in photography. Kushal splits his time between Seattle and San Francisco.