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Entrepreneur, Strategy Advisor & Best-selling Author

Roshan Paul

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Social Impact Specialist inspires organizations to take positive action on global social issues and make a difference in social education.

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Former cricket journalist and failed cricket player, Rohan has spent his life questioning the status quo, and built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries. Right after finishing college, he turned down a traditional job to work in the social sector. Ten years later, he co-founded Amani Institute, a new model of higher education, to help others do the same all over the world – build lives and careers where they don’t have to choose between making a living and making an impact.

Reasons to book Roshan Paul

  • Roshan has studied and worked on every continent. He is the author of two other books and he also created the ‘Acting Global’ project on Facebook and Instagram, which tells stories of people living and working beyond boundaries in a closing world.
  • He co-founded Amani Institute and co-led the organization from an idea to an award-winning social enterprise with offices in Kenya, Brazil and India and projects in more than 30 other countries around the world.
  • Roshan believes that as more and more people commit to working with purpose, we will solve our social problems, improve how business is done, and lead fulfilling lives.

Raised in Bangalore, India, Roshan has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor’s in International Political Economy from Davidson College, a degree he self-designed, and a certificate in Creative Leadership as a founding participant of THNK: The Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. He has guest-lectured and spoken at conferences at over fifty universities and other institutions around the world, including Harvard, Dartmouth, the World Bank, and the White House. He has also conducted dozens of workshops at leading organizations from Vodafone to Oxfam, and Deloitte to UNICEF.

He co-founded Amani Institute in 2010, which has to date, helped nearly 10,000 people from 65 countries step into or accelerate their careers in social impact. It has also supported more than 250 organizations, from large global UN departments to small local businesses, and everything in between, to increase staff capacity, motivation, and impact. He stepped down as CEO in 2021, but remains an active Board member. Based on this work, he co-authored the Amazon #1 bestseller “The New Reason to Work: How to Build a Career that will Change the World” in November 2021.

In addition to Amani Institute, Roshan also serves on the Board or Advisory Council of severalinnovative education organizations worldwide, including Design-a-thon Works, School of Future and Mithra Trust and Watson University and TechChange. He also served a term on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Behavioral Science, was awarded a Leadership in Education award by the World Education Congress in 2017, named one of the Asia Society’s “Asia 21 Young Leaders” in 2018, and both a BMW Foundation ‘Responsible Leader’ as well as one of the DO School’s Top 25 Influential Leaders in Purposeful Organizations in 2019.

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The Future of Work: Beyond Technology

While most conversations about the future of work revolve around how emerging technologies will disrupt everything, at the end of the day, technology is merely a tool. There is a more powerful force driving the future of work, and that is the rise of purpose as a core reason to go to work. This talk will explore how leading with a higher purpose is the core driver of the future of work.

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Why and How Companies Can Help Solve Social Problems and Make the World a Better Place

Historically, solving social problems has been the work of the nonprofit sector. Today, however, businesses and companies are being called to also play a role, driven by their customers, employees and even shareholders. As more companies do this, they find it is not just the right thing to do but also leads to greater profits. This talk will explore why it’s never been a better time for companies to play a role in leading social change.

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The Landscape of Careers in Social Impact and How to Choose Between Them

It’s never been a better time to consider working to make a positive difference in the world. This talk will explore how the field of social impact has evolved over time, the plethora of career opportunities available today, and how each person can choose between these opportunities based on what fits their passions, skills, and current life-stage.

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How to Become an Innovator

There is no skill more valued by managers and bosses than being able to creatively solve problems and innovate new ideas and solutions. But innovation is not something only gifted people like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk are born with. Rather, it relies on a set of behaviors and mindsets that anybody can master. This talk will show you how you can also master the essential skill of innovation.

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How to Network Authentically

Having a global network is one of the biggest assets of the 21st century professional. And yet most people are filled with anxiety and a sense of distaste when it comes to networking. This talk will demystify what networking really is and show how anybody can improve their skills of networking in a way that feels authentic to them.

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Owning Your Story

The use of storytelling as a professional skill that gives leaders and managers an edge has been in vogue for more than a decade now. The ability to build a narrative – both to inspire and inform your colleagues, customers and clients, but also to make sense of your own career trajectory – is one of the most helpful skills to master. This talk will show you how to become an effective storyteller, and thus, a better leader.

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Aligning Who You Are and What You Do

As the famous Annie Dillard quote goes, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” If we spend most of our days at work, then happiness and fulfillment are most likely to come when we can align who we are – our values, purpose, beliefs and mental models – with our job. This talk will show you how to take a deeper look at what you believe about the world, what types

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Surviving Vs Thriving: How to Improve your Wellbeing and Manage Yourself for the Long Haul

A successful career does not happen in a few years; in fact, it can take a lifetime. This talk will show you how to pace yourself for the journey and develop the practices that can help you stay sane, grounded, optimistic and in sync with those around you over several decades.

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Social Entrepreneurship: What it is, How it Evolved And Where it’s Going

One of the most popular fields of work in the first two decades of the 21st century has been social entrepreneurship. This talk will describe how the field evolved, the contributions it has made to
social progress, where it is likely to go in the next decade, and how each person can enter the field
and play a role in driving impact.

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In my 17 years as Dean, this was one of the most powerful commencement addresses I heard.

Paula Cordeiro

University of San Diego

Your workshop was absolutely inspiring and illuminating, and I will be returning again and again throughout the course of my life and work to the wisdom you so generously shared! During your session, I had alums message me privately to tell me how amazing it was and how grateful they were that we invited you to speak.

Archana Rao

Director of Global Community Engagement, Global Citizen Year

I attended your excellent Masterclass. It pushed me beyond my acquired skepticism and opened up sense of possibility to new areas of social impact.

Dr. Eleanor Gorman

University of Cambridge
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